Laodicea: The Rich Poor Church
Sunday April 30th, 2017 - Pastor Wungreiso Valui


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:

Laodicea (Laodikiai): The Recipient of The Letter

  • This is the last of the seven churches addressed by Jesus with special messages.
  • Laodicea also received two letters from Paul (Col 4:16).
  • It was the center of the worship of Asklepios and seat of a medical school
  • No praise is given to this church

The Author of The Letter

The Condition of The Church

15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.

The Intended Action By Jesus

16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
  • Lukewarm: Moderately warm, since you are lacking in passion, force, or zest I will vomit you out of my mouth. Laodicean was marked by an absence of enthusiasm or conviction
  • Vomit: To reject with extreme disgust.

The Problem of The Church

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.
  • I am rich: Rich in pride and conceit, but poor in grace and ignorant of its spiritual poverty.
  • The wretched one: Afflicted (Similar to Romans 7:24).
  • Miserable Pitiable as in 1Co 15:19.
  • Poor: Complacent
  • Blind: Spiritual blindness (Mt 23:17)
  • Naked: The picture of actual poverty

The Solution For The Church

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.
  • I counsel: Counselor (Romans 11:34) as in Joh 18:14.
  • To buy from me: You think you are rich (ironic tone).
  • Refined by fire : As in Revelation 1:15. Metaphor carried on by "fired by fire." (Psalms 66:10; 1Peter 1:7).
  • That you may become rich: Spiritual riches.
  • That you may clothe yourself: To fling round one as in Revelation 3:5.
  • Nakedness May not be revealed: Romans 8:35; 2Co 5:2-3).
  • Eye-salve: Keep on seeing.

The Path To The Solution

19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
  • Rebuke: Proverbs 3:12
  • Chasten: Hebrews 12:6. The Lord chastens as in training a child and with reprove
  • Be zealous: To boil in opposition to their lukewarmness,
  • Repent: Change your mind for the better

The Reciprocal Invitation

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.

The Reward From Jesus

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."

What is your spiritual condition?

  • Are you hot? Healing others with healing you received from Christ
  • Are you cold? Refreshing others with the love of Christ Spiritual Warning:

Watch that Jesus does not reject us with extreme disgust (Lukewarm).