Summary: This ws one of the seven churches in Asia, the last church which was in a lukewarn condition, displeasing to God.
The Church of Laodicea
In the book of Revelation John addresses the seven churches that are in Asia. He stating in chapter one and verse four, “Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before the throne.”
The church I would like to consider is the Laodicea church the last church mentioned in the seven golden candlesticks, this church was a corrupt church, nevertheless it was a church. The letter is written to the angel of the church or what we would call the pastor.
In the third chapter Jesus is introduced by John as, THE AMEN the one that is steady and unchangeable, calling him, THE FAITHFUL AND TRUE WITNESS, whose testimony to men ought to be received and will be a true witness against those who profess Christ but are indifferent and lukewarm.
He then recognizes Him as, THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD who is the first cause, the creator and the governor of it all. He is the head of the body, the first born from the dead from whence all these titles are taken.
Jesus knew the church at Laodicea better than they knew themselves and brought some charges against them. Jesus said, “I know thy works, thou art neither cold nor hot,” but worse than being cold nor hot is being in this lukewarm state. Luke warmness or indifference in religion is a place you don’t want to be in.
If religion is a real thing, it is the most excellent thing, and therefore we should happy, contented and overcoming people. If it is not the real thing, it is an imposture, and we should disregard it. If having religion is worth anything, it is worth everything.
Indifference is inexcusable; why halt you between two opinions? Elijah said, “If God be God, follow him; if Baal be God follow him.” This is no time to straddle the fence; we are expected to declare ourselves either for Christ or against him.
Jesus said to the church in Laodicea, “Because you are lukewarm I will spew thee out of my mouth.” Lukewarm professors turn the heart of Christ against their activities. He is sick of their actions, and will no longer bear them. They say they have charity, meekness, moderation and a largeness of soul; yet this was nauseous to Christ, and will be rejected.
They thought they were well able, but were very indifferent, saying “I am rich and increased with good and have need of nothing.” What a difference between their thought and what Jesus thought about them. They had provided for their bodies, and had overlooked the necessities of their souls.
They thought themselves well-furnished in their souls, they had learning, and took it for religion; they had gifts and took them for grace; they had wit, and they took it for true wisdom; they had ordinances, and they took up with their folly instead of the God of ordinances.
They had deceived themselves and knew not that they were wretched, miserable and poor, blind and naked. Their state was shameful in itself, calling for compassion from others, yet, they were filled with pride.