Laodicea: The Request of Jesus (16 of 58) by John Barnett

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Laodicea: The Request of Jesus (16 of 58)
Series: Revelation - From Now to Forever
John Barnett

Revelation 3:14-22

14 "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,

'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.17 "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'-and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.21 "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." " "

Meet the Assembly

Laodicea has the grim distinction that the Lord of the Church found nothing good He could say-

-This is the seventh historic church.
-This is the seventh type of Christian
-This is the final age of Christ's church.
-This is perhaps the church that is most prevalent today.
Let's look again at the facts:

The book of Revelation is divided into three parts by the author in (1:19) :

1) The vision of Christ - chapter 1

2) The vision of Christ's church - chapter 2, 3

3) The vision of Christ's conquest of the world - chapter 4-22

In chapters 2-3 we see Christ writing to seven churches. A select group in a circular loop. One Bible teacher has described them ...


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