Rev 3:18 “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”
Our Lord Jesus admonished the spiritual leaders who gave more honour to gold than the things of God. These are worldly and covetous Christians who serve mammon instead of God.
They walk only by sight and not by faith. So brethren be free from the bondage of money and live by faith, which is more previous than gold.
Mat 23:16-17 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’ Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?”
1 Pet 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
2 Pet 1:5-7 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
Virtue is walking out our belief or principle. If we believe that Jesus is our Provider then don’t beg, and if Jesus is our Healer, then trust Him completely, and only then we can know the truth (knowledge of His word). After having the truth (been set free), we can have self-control (overcome our lusts and pride).
After having self-control, we will be able to endure great pains for righteousness sake. After having perseverance, we can be like our Lord (godliness) – full of mercy, forgiveness, compassion, etc. After having godliness, we can truly love our brethren and after having this brotherly love, we will be able to love our enemies and only then is our love perfected.
2 Pet 1:8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Pet 1:9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
These things found in 2 Pet 1:5-7 are the eye salve, which the rich and blind endtime churches must purchase with all the wealth they possessed. When we have this eye salve, we will be enlightened and have the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, otherwise we will be short sighted or blind.
Note: - ‘confessing old sins’ (i.e. sins before salvation) is heresy.
We thank our loving Father that He has freely given to each of us every good thing for our joy and benefit. He has also shown us the way to perfection and most importantly the entrance into the kingdom of Christ.
2 Pet 1:10-11 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.