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; 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. 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. 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. 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. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
What a strong rebuke from the Lord to the Laodicean Church.
Doing a study of Laodicea we find much deeper meaning of what this letter truly meant and also how it applies to us today.
- No supply of water directly from city, they piped it in from a spring miles away. By the time it got to town it was full of minerals, sulfur, and as the Lord put it lukewarm. It was disgusting.
- Known for selling a black wool which prospered the city. There was no physical lack.
- Known for healing. There were many physicians known for their healing remedies here, especially the eye and ear salve.
The Lord rebukes everything the Laodiceans held dear to their hearts. Everything they identified with and took pride in was like dung in the sight of Christ. “Thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” How this applies to 7th and final Laodicean church age we now live in. The church has more money than it ever has. The church has more natural resources than ever to preach the gospel. The church seems to be very large and prosperous on the outside. So many with large congregations and hundreds of people attending, yet with an attitude we have need of nothing. Unfortunately we are so miserable and completely broke spiritually. Wood, hay and stubble (1 Corinthians 3:12-13).
The Spirit of God has completely left the majority of congregations due to the lukewarm condition and we carry on as if we have no need of repentance/change. Will we hear the Lord’s loving voice and correction? If we do there’s a wonderful promise for us at the end of the letter, “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.”