Now, would you like to know what Revelation 3:15–16 really means? The two verses would only make sense when they are interpreted in the light of the mixture of the covenants of law and grace in the church of Laodicea.
The Lord was saying that He would the church be cold — entirely under law, or hot — entirely under grace. You see, if you were at least completely under law, it would lead you to despair and into the saving arms of Jesus.
The law would unveil to you your sinfulness and inability to keep the full measure of it, and this would cause you to see your need for His grace. But when you have mixture, where you believe in grace, but still hold on to the law, you neutralize the convicting power of the law to bring you to the end of yourself so that you will cry out for the grace of the Savior.
That is why you cannot be cold and hot at the same time, or be for both law and grace at the same time. The moment you attempt to balance grace with the law, you neutralize both and each covenant is robbed of its full effect in your life.
You become lukewarm because of the mixture, and God hates mixture because it robs you of the power to reign in life through the abundance of His grace! You cannot put new wine into old wineskins. You will lose both! Trying to balance grace with the law robs you of the power to reign in life through the abundance of His grace.
This is exactly what Paul was saying to the Galatians when he explained to them the purpose of the law: Galatians 3:24–25 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
The law was our “tutor”, or according to the King James Version, our “schoolmaster”, to bring us to the end of our own efforts and to Christ. The law is an impossible standard for man to keep. The Pharisees brought the law down to a level where they could keep it.
They really thought that their works, their reading the Scriptures and their loud prayers could justify them. But when Jesus stepped onto the scene, His harshest words — He called them a “brood of vipers”— were reserved for these very legalists.
He brought the law back to its pristine standard. According to Jesus, once you fantasize about a woman, you are guilty of adultery. Once you are angry with a brother without cause, you are guilty of murder. “Pastor Prince this is an impossible standard.
We will all fail!” Exactly! Finally, you are getting it. Jesus was showing us the true standard of God’s law and holiness. It is impossible for man to keep His law! If you are not for grace, then make sure that you are entirely “cold” — completely under law.
Don’t mix law and grace. When you put yourself completely under law, you will find that the law will be your tutor to bring you to the end of yourself.
When you finally acknowledge that you cannot save yourself, you will turn to the Savior and His grace will fill your heart. You see, when you think that you can , His hands are tied and He cannot. But when you know that you cannot , that’s when HE CAN! Get it?