LESSONS FROM HIS LETTERS - Part 7 Laodicea
Throughout the seven letters to the churches, the loving concern is meted out in the hope that the individual, the church or the church era will follow the counsel supplied for the issue at hand. This last letter to the church in Laodicea is no different. If anything, this letter should scream to Christians today to take action.
Unfortunately, this church and its issues are said to be what many end-time scholars believe all Christians are moving into or are currently experiencing."To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:14-22)
Believers are especially known to be on God's heart and mind, before His sight and always hearing their thoughts and words. However, did you know Christians also reside within the mouth of God? According to Christ in Matthew 5:13 they are to be flavorful or salty like that of food. Then in this letter, Jesus adds the food/deeds need to be the right temperature. Jesus declares, as He does in four other letters, "I know your deeds...". For this church, what follows is not good. The observations demand change or harsh consequences occur. Jesus says, "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!"
This letter speaks to the individual, the congregation and church era whose temp is lukewarm. This entreatment is a dire warning - "I am about to spit you out of my mouth." - followed by the solution and rewards for obeying His counsel. God has done His part with Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection to secure the salvation of these believers. However, Christ has gone above and beyond by NOT YET spitting these people out of His mouth - "I am about to..."!
The solution to these consequences of being lukewarm is "buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see."
Many believe this Laodicean Spirit has come and been upon the world for some time now. Believers in Jesus Christ have the answer. Christians need to get red hot passionate about Christ and His ways. Earnest prayer for every country, worldwide as the message of hope is shared by the power of the Holy Spirit locally is our mission. God is disgusted with defiance, arrogance and pretending to be a believer in Christ, BUT He hasn't "spewed" them out of His mouth YET! So, for those that need to apply this, please follow His solution and keep from being God vomit!