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Rev Chap 3: 14-22

Rev Chap 3: 14-22

Date:1/8/20

Series: Revelations

Category: Wednesday Bible Study

Passage: Revelation 3:14-22

Speaker: Dr. Wayne Barrett

LIVING THE CHRISTLIFE WAYNE BARRETT HILLTOP LAKES CHAPEL JANUARY 8, 2020
Letter to the Church in Laodicea Revelation 3:14-22
14 “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. 15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so 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 eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered 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.’” —Revelation 3:14-22 (ESV)

v 14 – Christ’s Attributes the Amen – all that is true is personified in Christ; all that God has expressed the faithful and true witness [martus] – Jesus was faithful unto death, and he is the perfect witness of God for us the beginning of God’s creation – an allusion to the mystery of the Holy Trinity—Jesus Christ is the only-begotten Son of God. He is before all things, and all things were made through him and for him. He emphasizes his ineffable character and glory, because those at Laodicea and lost sight of who Jesus is and had become arrogant.

v 15 – I know your works… Stunningly to the point: you are neither cold nor hot They are assessed as disciples (“you”) based on their works Cold—no commitment at all Hot—lives fully committed to Christ, which commitment manifests itself in action— including pro-active discipleship

v 16 – So, because you are lukewarm… The response of Jesus to lukewarm commitment—“I will spit you out of my mouth” Half committed, lack of worship, lack of activity on Christ’s behalf, lack of involvement in the work of the Church, lack of adoration for Christ What does it mean that Christ will “spit you out of my mouth”? At best, it means a most severe discipline, for lack of a love for Christ and a commitment to discipleship

v 17 – For you say… The cause of this lukewarm commitment: pride, sense of self sufficiency, selfachievement—an insult to the character and saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ
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Their actual condition: you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked This was in complete contrast to their self-perception—and, no doubt, the way they were perceived by others The world is not very hostile to a lukewarm Christianity; no one is threatened by it; no one cares much about it one way or the other

v 18 – I counsel you… Jesus does not leave them helpless in condemnation “Buy gold from me refined by fire, so that you may be rich” – To live a life of thankfulness and sacrifice—that will involve suffering—so that you will be truly rich “and [buy] white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen” – live a life of purity and holiness and devotion to Christ so that you will not be ashamed when you are judged—as all will be “And [buy] salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see”—through your living and devotion to God’s word, you can begin to see as God sees—in truth!

v 19 – Those whom I love… Both an affirming word and a warning Jesus loves the Laodiceans—but He is highly displeased with what they have become In this letter He is reproving—and He will also discipline “Be zealous therefore”—realize whom you serve! “and repent”—make an “about face” from pride and disrespect of Christ. Seek His forgiveness and follow Him anew.

v 20 – Behold I stand at the door and knock… While it may apply to the lost, this is not a word to unbelievers but to believers who are backsliding! Jesus himself, in His mercy, takes the initiative to restore the relationship—even though He has been insulted by the pride and apathy of so-called disciples It is up to the other person to respond to the “knock” of Christ If they do, if they open the door, Christ will establish fellowship with them—even after great failings on their part. Christ describes this reconciliation in a beautiful and intimate way—taking a meal together.

v 21 – The one who conquers… Christ’s promise is extended even to the lukewarm Laodiceans I will grant to him to sit with me on my throne—Jesus personalizes this astonishing promise And He extends it… “as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne” The eternal oneness with God that awaits the believer is beyond any human comprehension

v 22 – He who has an ear This is the word of the Spirit to the churches—through the word of God and by His indwelling presence.