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Revelation 3:14-22 Laodicea (part I)

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14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You 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. 18I counsel you to 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.
19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20Here 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.
21To 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. 22Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

The words of the Amen: Phonetic Spelling: (am-ane')

Definition: verily, truly, amen; at the end of sentences may be paraphrased by: So let it be
It was a custom, which passed over from the synagogues into the Christian assemblies, that when he who had read or discoursed had offered up a solemn prayer to God, the others in attendance responded with Amen, and thus made the substance of what was uttered their own:
The reference to “these are the words of the Amen” the word meaning truly, assuredly, of a truth, certain, steadfast, etc., means that the word that the Lord speaks is the Amen, we can be certain of, trust in, count on as being true, that He will do what He say, etc.

The beginning of God’s creation”

Arche: properly, from the beginning (temporal sense), i.e. "the initial (starting) point"; (figuratively) what comes first and therefore is chief (foremost), i.e. has the priority because ahead of the rest ("preeminent"). That by which anything begins to be, the origin, active cause
That said, Jesus is not as the JW’s and others would claim as being the first of God’s creation, i.e. a created being. Rather that Jesus himself being the first of God’s creatation as a created being. Rather Jesus is the initiator/author/starting point of God’s creation, for regarding Jesus as the creator we read the following:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. – Colossians 1:15-17. (Re: Christ as the creator also see Hebrews 1:10-12)

That Jesus is the beginning of God’s creation, is that He is the source, the author of creation having preminence over all things, because as the scripture states, through Him all things were created by him and for Him.

I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you would be cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Again, here in the letter to Laodicea, the Lord is not commending them for any good works, but is rebuking them for their works of Luke warmness.

eméō – properly, to vomit, throw up (MM); (figuratively) repulsed, showing utter rejection (desiring total separation); "to reject with extreme disgust"

Needless to say from the definition of emeo, the Lord is not happy with lukewarmness. For those who heed His rebuke and repent, getting the victory over that state, they have the promise of forgiveness and eternal life. But for those who did not and do no repent, the Lord’s vomiting them out of His mouth figuratively represents His utter rejection and disgust of those who continue and remain in that lukewarmness i.e. that self suffiecient state based on their material wealth. So much for OSAS, for faith from first to last is required for eternal security and not just a one time confession. (See Col.1:23)

For you say, 'I am rich, and I have grown rich, and I have need of nothing.' And you do not realize that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

Laodicea was rich materially and because of their trusting in their material wealth they were spiritually poor. Apparently their lukewarmness was/is the result of trusting in their their material wealth, and thefore not trusting in the Lord as their provider, which was made all the worse because of their reliance on their wealth they did not even recognize that they were in this dead spiritual state. I’m reminded of what the Lord said to his disciples regarding the rich young ruler: “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” and “you cannot serve both God and money.”

Remember, these letters of commendation and rebuke was not only to the literal churches of that time, but to the entire church period until the very end. That said, I’m sure that there are plenty of individuals within many churches who are guilty of being lukewarm because of their trusting in their material wealth.

(Laodicea continued in Part II)
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  1. Desertsrose's Avatar
    Hi Ahwatukee,

    Amen!

    And how many here in America have that 'lukewarmness'. Complacency that causes one to simply drift along.

    Or even the thinking we don't need God because He's already given us everything we need.......so we don't need Him anymore, we're already rich in Him spiritually speaking (not monetarily).