Revelation Chapter 3: 14
Revelation 3:14 – “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write…”
The name Laodicea: is derived from the Greek roots “laos,” which means “the people,” and “dike,” which means “justice,” or “judicial verdict”; together means “rule by the people.”
Historical background of Laodicea:
Laodicea is situated on the long spur of a hill between the narrow valleys of the small rivers Asopus and Caprus, which discharge their waters into the Lycus. The town was originally called Diospolis, “City of Zeus,” and afterwards Rhodas, and Laodicea, the building of which is ascribed to Antiochus II Theos, in 261-253 BC, in honor of his wife Laodice, was probably founded on the site of the older town.
At first Laodicea was not a place of much importance, but it soon acquired a high degree of prosperity. In 220 BC, Achaeus was its king. In 188 BC, the city had passed to the Kingdom of Pergamon, and after 133 BC fell under Roman control. It suffered greatly during the Mithridatic Wars, but quickly recovered under the dominion of Rome; and towards the end of the Roman Republic and under the first emperors, Laodicea, benefiting from its advantageous position on a trade route, became one of the most important and flourishing commercial cities of Asia Minor, in which large money transactions and an extensive trade in black wool were carried on.
The place often suffered from earthquakes, especially from the great shock in the reign of Nero (60 AD), in which it was completely destroyed. But the inhabitants declined imperial assistance to rebuild the city and restored it from their own means. The wealth of its inhabitants created among them a taste for the arts of the Greeks, as is manifest from its ruins; and that it did not remain behind in science and literature is attested by the names of the sceptics [sic] Antiochus and Theiodas, the successors of Aenesidemus and by the existence of a great medical school. Its wealthy citizens embellished Laodicea with beautiful monuments…. The city minted its own coins, the inscriptions of which show evidence of the worship of Zeus, Esculapius, Apollo, and the emperors. It received from Rome the title of free city.
It was probably owing to its large Jewish community, that at a very early period it became one of the chief seats of Christianity…. Laodicea receives passing mention in the epistle to the Colossians…. The Laodicean church had probably been founded by the Colossian Epaphras, who shared the care of it with Nymphas, in whose house the faithful used to assemble. Paul asks the Colossians to communicate to the church of Laodicea the letter which he sends to them, and to read publicly that which should come to them from Laodicea, that is, no doubt, a letter which he had written, or was to write, to the Laodiceans.
Revelation 3:14 – These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God…
The Lord immediately confronts the proclaimed self-sufficient church of Laodicea, appropriately named “rule by the people,” with an address that establishes that He is the one in charge.
Recall from Revelation 1:7, “amen” means “so be it” (Numbers 5:22). Calling Himself “the Amen” indicates that the Lord and His Word are certain. We discussed at length in Revelation 1:5, that Jesus is not only a “Faithful and True Witness,” but it is impossible for God to lie; His Word is true. Jesus is the “Beginning and the End” (Revelation 1:8); being God, He was present at the beginning of creation:
John 1:1-3 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
Laodicea: The Danger of Luke Warmness (1900 A.D. to Current). The Apostate Church.
Traveling 45 miles southeast from Philadelphia, one would arrive at the fortified city of Laodicea where several major roads converge. Medicine, production of eye ointment, wool distribution, manufacturing, and banking brought fame to this city. It is interesting to note how Christ related His message to these qualities of the city (in verses 17-18). The people of Laodicea felt they needed nothing. They boasted of their riches, yet they were spiritually poor. Although they were famous for their eyesalve, they were spiritually blind. They were known for their fine wool, but they were spiritually naked. How do you know if you are lukewarm? Ask yourself these questions:
(1) Are you committed to evangelism and missions?
(2) Are you committed to living a holy life?
(3) Are you committed to your local church fellowship?
(4) Are you committed to spending time in prayer, worship and the Word?
(5) Are you committed to other believers in the Body of Christ?
(6) Are you actively supporting God’s work with your finances?
The people at Laodicea were spiritually lukewarm and Christ said their condition must be remedied. He commanded them to do three things which we also must do if we want to eradicate our lukewarmness:
(1) “Buy of me Gold, Tried in the Fire”. Gold is refined by the fire. Let the Word of God refine you spiritually and burn away the lukewarmness in your life. The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times (Psalms 12:6).
(2) “Buy of me White Raiment”. Allow God to change you by making a renewed commitment to righteous living. Eph. 4:24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
(3) “Anoint your Eyes so You Can See”. Receive the powerful revelation of God through Jesus Christ which will open your blinded eyes and effect true change in your life. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6).
The book of Colossians, as well as this message here, was to the Laodiceans, we see (in Colossians 4:13; 16). They were a very prominent area. It seems that Paul, as well as Jesus (here in the book of Revelation), warned them about their lack of zeal in their church.
When Scripture declares that Jesus is the “Amen,” it means that He is the divine “Yes” to the prayers of God’s people whenever they are made in accord with God’s will.
2 Cor. 1:20 “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us”.
Jesus is spoken of as “faithful”. He is worthy of our faith in Him.
Jesus is Truth. His witness is true because He Himself experienced it. It does not waver. It is fact. He created everything in the earth as we know it. We can easily see from John that Jesus created everything.
John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “The same was in the beginning with God.” “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Jesus is the Creator of all things.
Verses 15-16: The church is likened to “lukewarm” water, or as being virtually worthless. Christ says He will “spew them out”, or eject them from His company. The hot waters of nearby Hierapolis were known for their medicinal qualities, whereas Colossae was known for its cold, pure water. But Laodicea was forced to receive water by aqueduct from other areas. By the time it arrived at Laodicea it was lukewarm and provoked nausea. The “works”, of the Laodicean church were as worthless as the city’s lukewarm water. The description does not refer to a backslidden condition, but rather to their lack of genuine faith.
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