TO THE CHURCH IN LAODICEAN
14 ¶ 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. Revelation 3.
This letter was sent to Laodicea, forth miles north to Ephesus. In this city was a famous medical school, and eyes salve made here became known for its healing power. Being a center of finance, Laodicea was extremely rich and one of the largest cities in Asia minor.
Moreover, it was a city of entertainment, where all the citizens sought continual pleasure. Since the church had compromised with the world, it became neither cold nor hot.
Jesus appeared to the church in Laodicean as one who was “Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” (vs. 14). Accepting the Word of God with “amen” expresses our sincere loyalty to the Lord. Mankind was originally created, that we might love God and gives Him glory. Therefore when we bring glory to God by our faithful service, His original purpose for us is fulfilled.
The Laodicean church, however, had lost its loyalty to Christ, its true witness and the original purpose of creation. Jesus pointed out its hypocrisy and lifeless faith and urged it to repent.
Among the six churches we have seen so far in the Bible, no church failed to receive a commendation. However, the Laodicean church did not receive any commendation, only rebuked from Jesus Christ the Lord and husband of the church. It represent the church age in which we are live.
Jesus condemned the lukewarm faith of the of the Laodicean church: “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (vs. 16).
Those are dreadful words. But I’m afraid many churches today have a Laodicean philosophy. Their people are either believers or unbelievers. They attend church when they want to and stay home when they don’t, they can accept Bible as Word of God or not. Sometime the scripture seems to have revelation to them, but sometimes not. Jesus hates the Laodicean church, the members of the lukewarm faith, their faith is truly base on canal things, and materialism Christians is the church member of the Laodicean faith believers.
If faith is cold, Jesus can move a person toward repentance. On the other hand, people who vehemently oppose Jesus can easily be converted when their egos are crushed and they become hot with conviction.
However, those people who go to church and give a agreeable answer but whose heart are not in it are the last kind to be converted. Why was the church in Laodicean lukewarm in its faith? They had a wrong understanding of themselves. They said, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;” (vs. 16). You can just imagine some of the leaders thinking. “The chapel building program is complete. Contributions continue to flow in. we’re well-educated. Everything is so rich and fine. Therefore let’s have fun in our faith life.
Today many churches in our present’s world also allow their meetings to degenerate into social gatherings. On Sundays have a short worship service, and they enjoy eating and drinking under the false name of Christian fellowship. Many churches divided there all night prayer meeting by given their member break time to fest in the night vigil, eating and drinking in the all-night of prayer, I wonder many fail and checkout for herbalist solutions.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (ROM. 14: 17). The Laodicean church thought itself rich, Jesus rebuked its spiritual poverty: “and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” (vs. 17).
Jesus first extorted the Laodicean church to seek true riches-spiritual riches that can be obtained only from Jesus through faith “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich;” (vs. 18). Then Jesus said, the church should seek from Him white raiment. This is the robe Jesus clothes us with, signifying our righteousness through His precious shed Blood.
Finally, Jesus exhorted the Laodicean church to buy eye salve and anoint its eyes that it might see. This is the eye salve of the Holy Spirit, which opens spiritual eyes. In other words, the church should look at its materials and educational wealth through eyes of right self-understanding. Then it would realize that the wealth of the world in which it put so much trust is only transient.
Jesus promised the Laodicean church, “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.” (vs. 21). There is no other place to go except the throne of God. This is wonderful saying, for when we go to the throne of God, the world ends.
BEGINNING OF THE LAODICEAN CHURCH
In term of church history, the Laodicean church signifies the age from the 1900s to the great tribulation to come on earth. Laodicea means “the right of laity,” namely the church of the people’s rights. This is time when laity has become more “enlightened” than the ministers and when their power is such that they can even hire and fire a pastor at all will. Hence, it is a spiritually corrupt age that had never occurs on earth.
From the beginning of the Laodicean age in 1950, theology began to citizen the Holy Bible historically, scientifically and philosophically by introducing rationalism and higher criticism. This stated in Germany years back. The scripture cannot be subject to higher criticism through science and reasoning, however, for it was written by divine Revelation. Nevertheless, the liberal new theology asserted that the Bible is not scientifically or historically correct; its account is mostly myth. Therefore all the miracles in it must be removed.
This new theological thinking began to gain ground in America in the 1920s. It contaminated the pulpit and people, killing many churches just as it had done in Europe. Younger generations left the church, and only the older people remained in them, up till now this ground affected the church in America.
Liberal theology leads inevitably to a single conclusion: the death-of God theory proposed by a theologian named Thomas Aitizer. He asserted that since God is dead, humanity should rebuild the church without Him.
Therefore, Jesus did not commend the Laodicean church; the church of today, for there was nothing commendable about it. The church has economic strength, many theological schools and much knowledge, “even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12: 4). However, those don’t make it commendable. Rather, liberal churches should buy eye salve of the Holy Spirit and apply it to their eyes so they can see their spiritual wretchedness, misery, poverty, blindness, nakedness and shame.
All believers need to return to the pure gospel by purchasing gold tried in fire, outing on the white raiment of righteousness and buying the eye salve that gives spiritual understanding.
All the words in the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, are true, and in them we find God’s plan of salvation that brings us to Heaven. Those people who keep their faith in this lukewarm age will be taken to the very throne of Christ. Alleluia!!!
The Word church appears seven times in the second and third chapter or Revelation, but it doesn’t appear even once in chapter 4, Jesus is going to take the church away to that throne, even to Heaven. Shalom!
TO THE CHURCH IN LAODICEAN