The Letter to the Church at Laodicea

Failures

  • You are neither hot or cold. Rev.3:15
  • You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need anything. Rev.3:17
  • But you do not realize that you are pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.Rev.3:17

Judgement

  • I am on the verge of not having anything more to do with you.Rev.3:15
  • I rebuke and discipline you because I love you. Rev.3:15Rev.3:19

Admonitions

  • Buy gold from me refined in the fire so that you can become rich.Rev.3:18
  • Buy from me white clothes to cover your shameful nakedness. Rev.3:18
  • Buy from me eye salve to put on your eyes so you can see. Rev.3:18
  • Be serious and repent. Rev.3:19
  • I am standing outside your door waiting to be allowed in to fellowship with you. Rev.3:20

Reward

  • He who overcomes will sit with me on my throne. Rev.3:21

Reflection

This is a serious letter to a church that has effectively put Jesus out of its midst. God is so fed up with this church’s behaviour that he is about to give them up to their own ways. Jesus finds nothing worth complimenting in this church. In Sardis there were a few who had not soiled their garments. In Laodicea, it seem like no one had kept his garments clean.

This church was totally carnal. They substituted wealth, prestige, political correctness, and their self image for godliness. Jesus had no time for the ear-tickling, fleshly lies that they were accustomed to hearing from their leaders. He, without hesitation told them the ego-shattering truth – you think you have arrived but you are spiritually bankrupt. What a stunning blow to their self image?

How could a church be so deceived? How could a church get so far off track? Look around you for there are many following Laodicea and think they are following Jesus. Are you in a church where the pastor does not quote from the Bible when preaching? Does your pastor preach from a book he or someone else has written instead of from the Bible? Do you listen to “prophets” and “prophetesses” who fabricate stories and find scriptures to validate them?  Does your church always have these preachers who bring motivational speeches instead of sound biblical exegesis? Have your church endorsed the current moral and social trends accepted by society? When last did you hear a message of repentance and a call for Godly living in your church?

Laodicea, God has a stern warning for you. You will do well to listen.

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