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Laodicea: The Complacent at Ease Church
Revelation 3:14-22 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 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: 18 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. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 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. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)
Laodicea means ‘the rights of the people’. If ever there was a time when people were clamoring for “their rights”, it is today! People have taken over the church. Jesus is no longer the ‘Head’. Councils, conventions, denominations, etc. now run the church, not our Lord. Laodicea was the wealthiest, and was the worst of the seven churches. It was known for its banking industry, manufacture of wool, clothing industry and a medical school that produced eye salve. Citizens worshiped Zeus (Jupiter). Here our Lord Jesus presents Himself “The Amen” This is the only place in the Bible that “Amen” is a proper name (that of our Lord). Amen means truly or surely, or may it be so. “The faithful and true witness” . . . Jesus will reveal and tell ALL! Today it is difficult to hear the ‘Truth’. We certainly do NOT get it from the T.V. or media or our government, and MANY of our ‘churches’ are NOT preaching the Truth of God’s Word. All those ‘liberal’ churches have absolutely NO message of Truth for those who attend. “The beginning of the Creation of God.” Christ Jesus IS the Creator (Heb.1:1-2).
When Jesus said “I know thy works” to the other six churches, He meant ‘good’ works! He was praising them! But our precious Lord had NO words of praise for this church. Everything about this church He condemns. Even their ‘works’ were evil. “That thou art neither cold or hot.” A COLD church is one that denies all true doctrines of faith. It actually opposes the Word of God and the Gospel of Christ. It is ‘liberalism’. A HOT church is one that is on fire for our Lord, with real love, fervor and passion like the Ephesian Church. Laodicea was neither cold or hot . . . but lukewarm. The people KNEW what Jesus meant by this because this city had a problem with its water supply. An aqueduct was built to bring water to the city from the mountains. But by the time the water reached the city, it was neither hot nor cool . . . but sickenly lukewarm. The church had become as nauseating as that tepid water. Many of today’s churches try to maintain a ‘middle of the road’ position. They will NOT take a firm stand for Jesus, yet they do not want to be called ‘liberals’ either. This is “hypocrisy’. 2 Tim. 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. [KJV] . . . What Jesus is telling this church is “You make me sick to my stomach! You SAY you are Christians, you SAY you love me, but you LIE!” Since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth! Which one are you? Cold, hot or lukewarm?
A severe punishment is threatened. If we do not love Jesus and stand by Him in ardent and persevering faith, He will cast us away from Him! We should NOT give a false opinion of Christianity. Others may conclude it could afford no real satisfaction, otherwise its professors would take more heart in it. Causes of indifference and inconsistency in Christianity is pride, greed and self-delusion. You are either FOR Jesus, or you are AGAINST Jesus. Which are you? You CANNOT sit on the fence! And IF you are not for Him, you are against Him!
They did not realize that they were wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
Laodicea and Sardis were the richest churches around. They believed the almighty dollar was the answer to life’s problems. Sound familiar? Some believers falsely assume that many material possessions are a sign of God’s blessing, which is false! But what the Laodiceans could see and buy had become more valuable to them than what is unseen and eternal (Mat.6:19-21). Wealth, luxury and ease can make people feel confident, self-satisfied and complacent. But no matter how many possessions you have or how much money you make, you have NOTHING if you don’t have a relationship with Christ. Instead of centering your life mainly on comfort and luxury, you should find your true riches in Christ (Ep. 3:8; Phil.3:8; Jam.2:5; Mt.19:23; Mk.4:19; 1 Tim.6:7, 9, 19).
Jesus Condemns Seven things about the Laodiceans:
1. Evil works (Rev. 3:15)
2. Neither cold nor hot (Rev. 3:15)
3. Lukewarm and nauseating (Rev. 3:16)
4. Proud and self-satisfied (Rev. 3:17)
5. Ignorant of their true state (Rev. 3:17)
6. Blind, in ears, mind and eyes. Spiritual darkness (Rev.3:17; Rom2:19; 2 Pet.1:9; Mat.15:14).
7. Naked, unclothed, defenseless (Rev.3:17; 16:15; 17:16).
Christ told the Laodiceans to buy their gold from Him (spiritual treasures). The city was proud of its cloth and dyeing industries . . . but Christ told them to purchase white clothes from Him (His righteousness). Laodicea prided itself on its precious eye salve that healed many eye problems . . . but Christ told them to get medicine from Him to heal their eyes so they could see the Truth (John 9:39). Christ tells them that important thing was not material possessions, but a right relationship with God. Their earthly possessions and achievements were worthless compared with the everlasting future of Christ’s kingdom.
Jesus corrects and disciplines everyone that He loves. We are to be diligent and turn from our indifference. God’s reason for chastisement is NOT to punish, but to bring people back to Him. If you are lukewarm in your devotion to God, He may chasten you to help you out of your uncaring attitude, but He will use only loving discipline to do so. To avoid God’s discipline, we must draw near to Him again through repentance, service, worship, and studying His Word.
Christ knocked at the door of their hearts, but they were too busy enjoying worldly pleasures that they didn’t notice that He was trying to enter. The pleasures of this world can be extremely dangerous. Our temporary pleasure and satisfaction blinds us to God’s offer of eternal satisfaction. Christ, by His Word and Spirit, comes to the door of the hearts of sinners. Those who open to Him shall enjoy His eternal Presence. Have you opened your heart’s door to Jesus?
Jesus invites everyone to come to Him. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.
Take heed to what Jesus says to the churches, for it is meant for us all! Only the Holy Spirit can help you understand God’s Word, and make it real to you. If you belong to Christ, OBEY Him! If you don’t know Jesus, turn to Him NOW!
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