And to the angel of the church in Sardis, write: These things says the One having the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars: I know your works, that you have the name that you live, and are dead.
And to the angel of the church of Laodicea, write: These things says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Head of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold, or hot.
When the dimension of relationship is diminished or removed from God’s salvation, it manifests in two great horrors: one of strange fire and one of complacency. Strange fire is an offering to God of anything except His very own means and gifts; and complacency is offering Him nothing.
The great adulteration called the “church” today manifests its estrangement from God through both of these. Of those who even have God, those who yet do not KNOW their God offer either the strange fire of their own devices, or, in fearing to offer Him strange fire, pompously seek no fire at all and so offer Him nothing. These two excuse themselves from knowing the will of God: the one by claiming to know it by the understanding of their own heart, the other by claiming it cannot be known.
Yet herein is the will of God for His children:
…Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may also glorify You, even as You gave to Him authority over all flesh; so that to all which You gave to Him, He may give to them everlasting life. And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.
…And I have given them the glory which You have given Me, that they may be one, as We are one: I in them, and You in Me, that they may be perfected in one; and that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them, even as You loved Me.
John 17:1-3, 22-23
Those who offer strange fire and those who offer nothing cannot be made one in Him, nor He in they; not knowing Him. But those who know God ought to offer the sacrifice pleasing to Him: even the same love wherewith He first loved us, so that HE might be seen both in and by His own flesh and blood.
Let us relate to His own through Him, that we may also relate to Him through His own.
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God, and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God.
1 John 4:7