The Church of Laodicea Pt. 4
This will be the last post on Revelation 3:14-22. If you have not read the previous posts on the church of Laodicea, I would highly suggest that you do so. This is what Jesus, through the Apostle John’s pen, had to say to the church of Laodicea in Rev. 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.’
I have addressed verses 14-19 in the earlier posts, so we will begin at verse 20 here. Jesus says that he stands at the door and knocks. The Gospel has been preached to these Laodiceans, but they are apathetic to it. If they were eager to accept the Gospel, Jesus would come into their homes and eat with them. This is a wonderful example of what it means to know Jesus. Faith in Christ is not an abstract, unambiguous, non-impacting relationship. Faith in Christ is a personal and life-changing relationship. In many cultures, especially in the time of Christ, eating with someone was a sign of friendship. Jesus’ example of eating with his believers is one example of the relational depth between the Savior and his children. Jesus didn’t stop there though. He goes on to say that his believers will be granted authority in heaven.
Verse 21 says this:
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.
Those who believe in Jesus will be given the right to sit on his throne with Christ. This is an example of Jesus’ unity with his people, but it also shows that we will reign with Christ. 2 Timothy 2:12 backs this up when Paul says:
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
God says that if we endure to the end, we will reign with him. If we conquer in this world, we will see the throne of Christ. If we persevere until we are called home, our beautiful God will welcome us into his heavenly kingdom. Jesus makes it clear to the Laodiceans and to us that we must never give up. We must never back down from sin. We must never give in to the ways of this world. We must fight and war against the flesh until we see Jesus face to face.
Jesus ends his address with these words in verse 22:
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Jesus knows that not everyone will accept his Gospel. The Spirit must open people’s ears for them to hear. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says these words to the Pharisees:
‘Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.’ -John 8:47
Jesus makes it clear that for one to hear the words of Jesus they need to be ‘of God’. The Gospel is to be preached to every person, but not every person can bear hearing that they are a sinner in need of a Savior. Many people are not able to love God, because they are too in love with their sin. Many people will never turn to Christ for salvation because they are hard-hearted. But for those that have ears to hear, the Gospel is refreshing. The Gospel is amazing. The Gospel brings peace. The Gospel brings hope. The Gospel is God’s love letter to his children. The Gospel is grace and mercy for those who do not deserve it. The Gospel is life.
For those who have ears to hear…Jesus died for you. Jesus offers forgiveness to you. Jesus calls you to have a deep and life-altering relationship with him. Jesus says that you will rule with him one day. For those that have ears to hear, hear that God loves you so much that he would die for you!
Thanks for reading.
The Church of Laodicea Pt. 1 (AnotherChristianBlog.org)
The Church of Laodicea Pt. 2 (AnotherChristianBlog.org)
The Church of Laodicea Pt. 3 (AnotherChristianBlog.org)