18 For many walk, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you weeping, who are the enemies of the cross of Christ; [Because Christianity teaches there is no need take up the cross to destroy your selfish, sinful nature through the inward cross, they are truly enemies of the cross.]
17 Because you say, 'I am rich and increased with possessions, and am in need of nothing;' and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked,5 [From the Word of the Lord within: "I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock."]
18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined and tried in the fire, so that you may be rich; and white garments, so that you may be clothed and the shame of your nakedness may not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, so that you may see. [Gold refined and tried in the fire is faith that has been tested and tried by fire: trials, suffering, and tribulations, all part of the cross that every believer must endure in order to enter the kingdom; then you are clothed white with purity, and you see by the light of God.]
19 As many as I love, I chastise [rebuke, discipline]. Be zealous therefore, and repent. ["Awake to righteousnes , and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame." 1 Cor 15:34]
8 And Ephraim says, 'I have become rich; I have made wealth for myself. In all my labors they shall find no iniquity in me that is sin.'
|1 Timothy 6:5|
5 Obstinate disputes of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, supposing that godliness is a source of financial gain;1 from such withdraw yourself.
|James 5:1 |
1 Come now, you rich men, weep and wail for the miseries that will surely come upon you.1