Now writing to the angel, leader, and Church in Laodicea, God sent a warning he was about to throw them out of his presence, spue them out of his mouth, or not confess them before his Father in heaven should they refuse to repent and turn from what they believe to be acceptable before God. Because in the eyes of God, their sacrifice and work were not pleasing.
This Church was about to lose their reward, and so that they may maintain their reward upon the return of Jesus the king, by revelation and according to the testimony of Jesus Christ, John told the Church they need to repent.
The Church in Laodicea had compromised the gospel and focusing on good deeds, and incorporating the practices of the cults around them, they were, on the one hand, worshiping the idols of Rome, and on the other taking part in charities in the name of Jesus.
In many ways, they have placed Jesus next to the gods of Rome, and through works of charity grew their membership within the church and doing these things through compromise thought it was acceptable to God. And this the church in Laodicea began to do to avoid persecution.
But as a warning, John wrote, Revelation 3:14-17 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”
Jesus the Amen will bring to pass what he had promised, he will judge the Church if they fail to turn around and stand on his name alone, and because he is the faithfulness witness the church should act quickly to avoid the penalty of God’s warning.
This was not the first time God would address his people in this manner as a warning they were not to compromise who he is with the gods of the nations. The Church in Laodicea was lukewarm because they were undecided on who they wanted to serve. God and the risen king they have seen and touched and who appeared to them after his resurrection to teach them about the kingdom of God, or the kings of Rome and their gods.
Joshua 24:14-15 “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
And if it seems evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
This was the message of God through his son Jesus to john who wrote to the angel, leader, and the Church in Laodicea so that they may correct their error and not lose their reward, God’s promise to all who will serve him faithfully.
The Church was naked, poor, and broke; therefore, it was time to invest in what is good and pleasing to God. Revelation 3:18-19, “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore, and repent.”
God has opened the door and opportunity for the members of the Church in Laodicea to come back into the covenant of his blood, therefore, anyone hearing this message and choosing to open his heart to do what is pleasing before God? Jesus will sit with him and together they will enter a covenant.
And the promise of God is that should they stand and face the persecution of Rome for the sake of Jesus; they will be given the opportunity in the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ to rule and judge the earth.
Revelation 3:20-22 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”