The Churches of Revelation:
#7 The Church of Laodicea:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God says this:
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot;
I wish that you were cold or hot.
So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold,
I will spit you out of My mouth.
Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,”
And you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich,
and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed;
and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline;
therefore be zealous and repent…
He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne,
as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
The church of Laodicea is believed by most scholars to be one of the modern day churches. This is not the true church of born again believers, but rather the institution of the church that depends upon its traditions, rituals, riches, and influence. God recognizes the deeds of this church declaring them neither hot nor cold. In other words, deeds are being done, but from the wrong motives. These deeds are done for self-promotion and deceit. God clearly says that He will spit this church out of His mouth. The false church of our time will not find themselves in heaven, but rather at the door saying, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:22-23) Jesus will not cast them out because their deeds were not adequate, but rather because He never knew them. Their deeds were done in their flesh and for themselves, not for the love of their Savior and Lord.
This church is also a wealthy church in monetary riches, and influence, and power. But they are poor in the things of the spirit: a relationship with Jesus, truth, love, joy, etc…
But Jesus is not turning them away yet! He strongly recommends that they buy gold refined with fire (salvation through Jesus), white garments (purity and righteousness through the blood of Jesus), and eye salve (truth). He reproving them because of His great love for them.
And for those who repent, God promises that they will sit with Jesus on His throne in heaven!
God is a forgiving, compassionate God. He calls all to repent. The >>> in the above verses is a verse that you all are familiar with: “ Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” Jesus is putting forth an invitation, but He can’t save those who don’t open the door ad let Him come in. when they do, He will stay and dine with them of eternal things.
Keep seeking the things above… (Col. 3:1)