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The church of Laodicea

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15-16

Jesus identifies Himself as: “The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.” These titles emphasize the Lord’s faithfulness, sovereignty, and power to bring all things to their proper completion - He is the “Amen."

Sometimes we ask ourselves; what happened to this early church, how come it dwindled? Here is the answer, Jesus said, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

Jesus would expect us to be hot. Remember how he approached this fig tree expecting fruit; "And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet . And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it." Mark 11:13-14

As a result of your ambivalence to spiritual things, Jesus would have nothing to do with you. He would spit you out!

Another problem I find with some believers is what we sometimes say is confession of faith, but then wonder where's the faith. You often hear someone say ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But then you ask, don't you realise how wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked you are? You may confess a hundred times but one thing you can't do is hide "the shame of thy nakedness" it'll always show who you really are. Mind you God hate pretenders!

Revelation 3:17-18 says, "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see."

Anyway, the church at Laodicea had become pathetic in their love for Christ. They were allowing “the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things to come in and choke the word in them, making it unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). Christ called them to repent and live zealously for Him, to “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). The Lord Jesus issues the same call to you who say you follow Him today.

But with apathy comes spiritual blindness; they claimed to be rich, blessed and self-sufficient but were not rich in God. Probably they were rich in material things, like most apostles, prophets and pastors are these days. But, spiritually, the Laodiceans were in a wretched, pitiful condition, made all worse in that they could not see their need. This was a church filled with self-deceived hypocrites. Their material wealth had no eternal benefit, so Jesus commands them to come to Him for true, spiritual riches (see Isaiah 55:1-2). Only Christ can supply an everlasting inheritance, clothe us in righteousness, and heal our spiritual blindness. So Jesus calls the Laodicean church to repent of their sin:

I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see” (Revelation 3:18).

 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:19-20

Christ’s desire is to fellowship with His lukewarm church, but Christ Himself has been locked out. So He knocks, seeking someone to open the door. If they would repent, Jesus would come in and take His rightful place in the church.

More Articles:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ. 

I. To Ephesus (2:1-7).
II. To Smyrna (2: 8-11).
III. To Pergamos, (2: 12-17).
IV. To Thyatira, (2:18 - 29).
V. Sardis, (3:1-6).
VI. Philadelphia, (3:7- 13).
VII. Laodicea, (3:14-22).

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" Revelation 2:29

God bless,
Laurence
www.muzembi.org - Simple Gospel Summation 

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