Revelation 3:14–22 (NKJV)
The Lukewarm Church
14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,Revelation 3:14-19
‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
As Jesus speaks to the church in Laodicea, he follows the normal greeting, but without any praise. Some churches received praise to begin with, and then rebuke or correction later. Laodicea in among the smaller number of churches that received pure rebuke and correction. The church’s lack of spiritual commitment or definite spiritual identity brought a rebuke from God that utilized a graphic description: they made Him physically sick, or at the very least they were not palatable to Him. He further addressed their false piety that bordered on arrogance. They felt that they were successful, wealthy and in need of nothing. The Lord, however, knew them to be “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” He then offered them all the supply to their needs, provided that they might zealously repent of their lackadaisical attitude.
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.Revelation 3:20-22
22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ ”
To sum up these letters to the seven churches, Jesus reiterates His call to them, and the reward that will come if they open the door and receive Him and His call. He will dine with those who receive me, and give them a place at His throne. He finally calls the churches–one last time–to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Today, we must be willing to accept and obey the call and instruction of the Lord if we are to be whole. God’s will is paramount above all else as a path to glory. Follow Him and obey to keep and flourish Your place in His kingdom.
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