Need To Purchase Gold
By Wade E. Taylor
"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased
with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest
not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and
poor, and blind, and naked."
"I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the
fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white
raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that
the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and
anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou
mayest see." Rev 3:17-18.
Primarily, this has to do with our being satisfied with temporal
blessings and provision, which have become a hindrance to
our seeking in the realm of the spiritual. When things in
themselves become our priority, the result will be spiritual
dullness and a loss of spiritual vision.
The problem is not that the possession of things is wrong,
but that we have not followed the Scriptural means of provision.
"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and
His righteousness; and all these things shall
be added unto you." Matt 6:33.
We are called to function in the realm of the Spirit. To
those who have come short of this, there is a corrective word,
"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in
the fire." Rev. 3:17
"Gold" speaks of the divine nature. "Tried
in the fire" means that His nature has become an experiential
reality within our lives.
Of foundational importance in the Kingdom is our becoming
"dependent" upon the Lord. It is difficult for any
one of us to become dependent when we feel secure within ourselves.
Thus, "gold tried in the fire,” means that we have
submitted all our provision and independence to the Lord,
and have asked Him to cause us to become dependent.
This may or may not affect the abundance of provision, which
we presently have, but it will greatly affect our dependence
upon these things.
We are to "anoint our eyes with eye salve, that we may
see." In other words, we are to look beyond the things,
which are temporal and produce for us a present satisfaction.
There is a higher purpose, a spiritual kingdom, which the
Lord desires to bring us into.
Paul saw this, and he prayed for an out-resurrection from
among the living dead (Phil 3:11). These living dead are those
who are rich and increased in goods. They have all the blessings
of God, but are devoid of spiritual substance and life.
When our eyes are anointed, we no longer see natural things
as having the priority in our lives, but we see that which
pertains to spiritual substance and purpose. Because we have
become poor concerning our dependence upon temporal things,
we will become rich in spiritual things.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven." Matt 5:3.
The Lord is calling us into this dimension of spiritual life.
"For which cause we faint not; but though our
outward man perish, yet the inward man is
renewed day by day. For our light affliction,
which is but for a moment, worketh for us a
far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
"While we look not at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen: for the
things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not seen are eternal." II Cor 4:16-18.