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A Letter to Laodicea (5 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
October 26, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Last week, we took a look at John's letters to Sardis and Philadelphia. This evening, we will examine the letter to the Church of Laodicea.
I. THE INTRODUCTION (VS. 14)
The city of Laodicea was located about 40 miles east of Ephesus. It was originally called Diospolis and then Rhoas, but later changed to Laodicea, naming it after the wife of Antiochus II., king of Syria. Laodicea was one of the most important and flourishing cities of Asia Minor. At a very early period it became one of the chief seats of Christianity. It is now a deserted place, called by the Turks Eski-hissar or "old castle."1
A. The Recipient (vs. 14a)
1. The letter is addressed to the angel or messenger of the church of the Ladodiceans. The messenger, of course, is the pastor. He is the one responsible for this church. As we will see in a few minutes, this pastor had not done his job. Instead of molding his people into the image of Christ and maturing them in the faith, he had caused his congregation to lapse into spiritual apathy and complacency. They were more concerned with materialism and the physical part of life than they were with the spiritual. "Woe betide" to the pastor who one day stands before the Lord and has to answer for sloppy and careless leadership. In Acts 20:28, the pastor is admonished: "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." Again, in Hebrews 13:17, it says, "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."
B. The Sender (vs. 14b)
1. The letter, as we already know, is from the Lord Jesus. ...
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