(Rev 3:11) Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
This very familiar scripture may well hold the key to why the Laodicean ERA of God’s church is seen as lukewarm.
What do you think of when you read the words “hold that fast”? When I think of it I think of grabbing hold of something and trying to keep it from going away. Such as holding fast to the truths that we were given during the Philadelphian ERA of the church.
While it is certainly true that were are admonished not to lose what we had been given, there is much more to those words than that.
Notice the meanings of the Greek word that is translated in Strong’s Concordance;
From G2904; to use strength, that is, seize or retain (literally or figuratively): – hold (by, fast), keep, lay hand (hold) on, obtain, retain, take (by).
This simplified definition shows the use of strength to retain something. In other words it is not something to just be stored away in a locked box but something that takes strength to keep safe.
Here is Thayer’s definition which is a little more indepth;
1) to have power, be powerful
1a) to be chief, be master of, to rule
2) to get possession of
2a) to become master of, to obtain
2b) to take hold of
2c) to take hold of, take, seize
2c1) to lay hands on one in order to get him into one’s power
3) to hold
3a) to hold in the hand
3b) to hold fast, i.e. not discard or let go
3b1) to keep carefully and faithfully
3c) to continue to hold, to retain
3c1) of death continuing to hold one
3c2) to hold in check, restrain
Part of Speech: verb
Notice that the emphasis is on learning to be a powerful master of what we have been given! Why? So that no man may take our crown. The word of God is not a “static” thing. It must be growing in us and being used by us continually. If we are not growing in the grace and knowledge of God then we are in effect losing ground.
We have learned so much in this ERA of the church that we have stopped trying to grow to learn how to use what we have and because of that we have grown lukewarm.
We must now focus on what we have learned with strength and the power of God’s Spirit within. We must learn how to use what we have been given because that is the only way to hold on to it.
We must begin to focus on the truths of God and how they apply in our lives.
Holding fast means more than just storing something away it means using strength to live what we know. It means that we have to take seriously and focus on the admonitions to:
- Be Zealous
- Run the race to win
- to examine ourselves
If we try to hold fast by just storing up what we have learned then we are failing to hold fast in the sense of the original Greek and we will not be able to keep from losing our crown.
The only way we can become serious about holding fast and the only thing that will protect us from losing our Crown is if we are actively and zealously living God’s word. Too many of us have only focused onto holding on to the truths rather than living them.
When you lock something away it does not require strength to hold on to them. It is easy to become lukewarm in our attitudes if we are not daily trying to apply what we have been given in our lives.