What does the message to the Laodiceans mean?

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“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see” (Revelation 3:14-18).

Since the messages to the seven churches reflect the entire course of the history of the Christian church (Rev. 1:11; 2:1), the seventh message must represent the experience of the church during the closing period of earth’s history.

The spiritual condition of the Laodiceans was more dangerous than if the church had been cold. Lukewarm Christianity preserves enough of the form, and even of the content of the gospel, to dull the the spirit and make men lax to the effort necessary to the attainment of the high ideal of a victorious life in Christ. The typical Laodiceans are content with things as they are and proud of the little progress they have made. It is hard to convince them of their great need and of how far they are from the goal of perfection.

Therefore, God offers the Laodiceans the following to heal it:

Gold: This figurative “gold” is referring to “faith which worketh by love” (Gal. 5:6; James 2:5).

White raiment: The white raiment is the righteousness of Christ (Gal. 3:27; Matt. 22:11; Rev. 3:4).

Eyesalve: This is the work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8–11). Only through His convicting work on the heart can spiritual blindness be removed.

A recognition of this application stands as a constant rebuke to self-satisfaction and an encouragement to live wholeheartedly according to the pattern of a of perfect life in Christ Jesus (ch. 3:18). The Laodiceans are called upon to experience the warmth and enthusiasm that comes with true repentance, consecration, and devotion to Christ.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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