Summary: So much of what Jesus said about the church in Laodicea can be seen in our churches today.
Luke Warmness In The Churches Today?
14"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
15I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
16So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
17Because 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--
18I 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.
19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20Behold, 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. 21To 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.
22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." ' "
Our sermon series on the Book of Revelation continues today.
Now we come to the message Jesus sent to the church at Laodicea.
This is the last of the 7 churches sent messages by Jesus.
As I stated before,
each church represents a period of time in the Church Age.
The Church Age began with the first church in Jerusalem
and will end at the time of the Rapture.
The Church at Laodicea is a symbol of the time from 1900 to now.
Where was Laodicea?
It was about 45 miles southeast of the church in Philadelphia.
It was a heavily fortified city
where several major roads converged.
Medicine, production of eye ointment, wool distribution,
manufacturing, and banking
were the major interests in that city.
The people of Laodicea felt they needed nothing.
They bragged about their riches,
yet Jesus will say they were spiritually poor.
Although they were famous for their eye salve,
Jesus will say they were spiritually blind.
They were known for their fine wool,
but Jesus will say they were spiritually naked.
He will call them "luke warm.
How do you know if you are lukewarm?
Ask yourself these questions:
Am I committed to evangelism and missions?
Am I committed to living a holy life?
Am I committed to my local church fellowship?
Am I committed to spending time in prayer,
worship and reading the Bible?
Am I committed to other people in the church?
Am I actively supporting God's work with my money?
The people at Laodicea were spiritually lukewarm
and Jesus said their condition must be changed.
He commanded them to do 3 things
which we also must do if we want to avoid Luke warmness.
The book of Colossians, as well as this message here,
was to the Laodicean Christians.
For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.
Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
The Apostle Paul as well as Jesus in the book of Revelation
warned them about the lack of enthusiasm in their church.
Verse 14 "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
Jesus is called the "Amen".
That's an unusual name for Him.
The word means "so be it, or "truly".
It's a declaration of your support of what was just said or written.
When Jesus says something, it is final.
There is no room for discussion.
His statements are the absolute truth.
Notice also that Jesus refers to Himself as the "faithful".
He is worthy of our faith in Him.
Jesus is Truth.
He created everything in the earth, as we know it.
John 1:1-3 says,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
Colossians 1:17 says,
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Jesus is the Creator of all things.
Verse 15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.