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Laodicea Church: Rich Yet Poor Church

Updated on March 9, 2011

Laodicea Church  :  Rich Yet Poor Church

 

 

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write :

 

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness , the ruler of God’s creation . I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot, I wish you were  either one or the other. So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich , I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing’. But you do not realize  that you are wretched,  pitiful,  poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so can become rich; and white clothes to wear so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes , so you can see.

 

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 him, and he with me.  To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear , let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

 

 

Revelation 3 :14 – 22

 

Laodicea has been the subject of  recent archeological  excavation in Turkey.  Recent archeological findings confirm what are written in the Book of Revelation about the Laodicea church., that they are a large and wealthy church.

The Voice That Speaks

An important theme in the series of letters to the churches is about the necessity of hearing the voice of Christ. The all-important voice of JesusChrist is highlighted in this letter to the church of Laodicea.  He is the Last Word – the “Amen”.  He is the one that will give fulfillment and judgement. He is the First Word – the ruler of God’s creation.

Through Him, creation began. In between, He sustain all creation by His powerful Word.

He is the voice of the Faithful and True Witness . Inspite of the churches’ failures  and unfaithfulness He will remain True and Faithful.  Amidst the many voices in the world today, His voice is the one that counts.

 Laodicea’s  Values  and Vision

 Christ speaks about Laodicea’s values and vision.  Laodicea church in fact is the church of the last days. William MacDonald has these comments about the present modern day church:  Many are living in luxuries when many are dying without Christ. We give the best of ourselves to the business world  then turn over the remnants of a wasted career to the Saviour. We cater to our bodies which in few years will return to dust.  We accumulate instead of forsake. Christians are wearing crowns instead of bearing crosses.

The Laodicea church hold values that were characterized by  the rule of the people.  It appears that they were living up to the name of the city.Laodicea means “rule of the people.”  The Laodicean church depends their ministry based on the felt-need of the people.What people think they need is not always what they need. The people of Laodicea cater to their felt needs. What people feel and see can be very far away from the truth.

The spirit of materialism is ruling the church of Laodicea. Their ideals of success and dreams are associated with the material things.  Materialism is devotion to material wealth and possession  at the expense of spiritual values. Their sense of security comes from  their possessions.

Results of Their Values

Because of materialism, the Laodiceans were deceived. Materialism is very deceitful. We tend to think it is easier to make our lives revolve around people and things. Because of these values, the Laodicean church became lukewarm  church.  They became non-comittal to the things of God. They became half-hearted  towards the things of God. It describes vividly, the respectable, sentimental, nominal, skin-deep religiosity which is widespread  among us today. According to John Stott’s  comment about modern Christianity:  “Our Christianity is flabby and anemic. We have a lukewarm bath of religion.”

The Voice at the Door

It seems the Lord is saying  : “  Why based your happiness on material things?”

The Lord loves the the lukewarm Laodicean church. He is calling them to repentance. Repentance is a lifework.  True repentance is an abiding principle. We are to live daily to exercise repentance.

Revelation 3:20 , For whom it is ?

This call is for anyone who is willing to listen to what the Lord has to say to him personally, willing to hear His voice through His Word. What is involved here?

It is about recognizing His presence.  It also involves hearing His voice. It stresses the importance of His Word in our life. It also involves desiring Him and enthroning Him as the Lord of our lives.

Revelation 3:20 could be a concluding invitation for  this series of letters. It reveals as we find in these letters that we are a people with a persistent tendency  to shut the Lord out of our lives, out of the different aspects of living, the ministry and the church.

Promise to the Overcomers

Christ promises to anyone who overcomes will be given right to sit with Christ on His throne.

The rightful place of JesusChrist in our lives, in the ministry and in the church is worth fighting for and worth struggling for.

This hub is an excerpt from the message preached by Brother Benjie Baclagon last March 6, 2011 at the Vesper Worship Service of Grace Bible Church- Manila, Philippines.

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    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Many people do use the church as a frame to the world and many for business. My husband and I had a pastor approach us years ago to come to his church because we had just started a business and it would pick us up many customers. My husband showed him the door.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Tamarajo I am glad to read your wonderful comments. It is a great source of encouragement to me. I am greatly encourages by that woman from Africa you mentioned. Truly we are dependent upon God's mercy for everything every moment of our lives. To be able to survive each day without experiencing great disaters is a great blessing from the Lord. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      HI einron it is great to hear from you again. Thanks for dropping by. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. The materialistic world has engulfed the church. Materialism should never be the basis of christian success.Our hearts are prone to be influenced by the materialistic world. WE should constantly guard our hearts from materialism or it will make our hearts grow cold towards the things of the kingdom. Blessings to you and regards.

    • Tamarajo profile image

      Tamarajo 

      7 years ago

      We had a woman speaker from Africa at a women's meeting one evening and she told us how lazy we western Christians are because we have so much at our disposal. I didn't mind her rebuke because what she said was true. She told us how in Africa they prayed and exercised their faith for everything from the water they drank to the food they ate and just plain making it safely through the day. She said we take these things for granted.

      We really do need to be awake and aware that all good things come from God and that He is worthy of our whole hearted worship.

      Blessed by your look at the Laodicean church.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Mathews it is great to read your comment for this hub. Thank you for taking time to read this hub. Your visit and comments are always appreciated. Lukewarmness is so pervasive in our time as Jesus prophesizes in His olivet discourse "because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold." Our world today has gone so much materialistic and it has infected the church so much. Blessings to you and best regards.

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      einron 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      The church is rich in materialism, but poor spiritually. If anyone cares to listen to God, He will come into the heart of man. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Unless we continue to seek, we would be lost in this world of materialism.

      Peace!

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate Cristina, beloved sister, Jesus teaches us a very important lesson through this writing by John to Laodicea. He is telling the church that they need to develop a love and passion for God and Jesus and a coldness towards the ways of the world, instead of picking and choosing from both as they see fit. Their Lukewarmness will lead them towards disaster and Jesus rejecting them as true followers.

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