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The 7 Churches Mystery – Letter No. 7

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THE LAODICEA LETTER

A whirlwind week...I’m not sure how we covered so much ground, but we raced ahead of gathering storms. Here we are at the end of our ‘mini-tour’ and visit to seven ancient church sites in Asia Minor. Our primary quest and purpose was to unravel mysteries and meanings found in 7 letters written to the 7 churches of Revelation Chapters 2 and 3. Along the way we ran into some challenging spiritual issues facing the Early Church. The 7 letters revealed to John of Patmos in a vision also introduced us to Jesus in a remarkable way. We hear vivid descriptions and some new names for Jesus: Ruler of All that is, was and ever more shall be; The Holder of the keys of Hell and Death; …One who is the First and Last,and whose eyes penetrated like flames of fire; …One who is Holy and True and has the Keys of David; The Faithful and True Witness; the One Who Stands Firm…  We also learn Jesus has a deep concern for His church which stirs our hearts like the Apostle Paul to press on…”… towards the high calling in Christ Jesus…

And now…we stand at the gates of the city of Laodicea and at the doors of the Laodicea Church (Revelation 3: 14-22) and hear Jesus’ warning cry: I KNOW YOU WELL. YOU ARE NEITHER HOT NOR COLD! HOW I WISH YOU WERE ONE OR THE OTHER, BUT SINCE YOU ARE MERELY LUKEWARM…I WILL SPEW YOU OUT…

How could things have come to this? To our dismay, we learn that the well-heeled and self-satisfied believers of the Laodicean Church seem to be kicking up their heels more than serving or loving God! This church has all the appearances of being a great place to be…if you want to join ‘a club’ (?!). But wait, does this mean this church actually believes it doesn’t really ‘need’ God because it has ‘everything’ …without Him? What’s going on? This church’s smugness and apathy is perhaps explained by the fact that the Laodicean Church in its day was surrounded by great affluence. They had it all, money and achievements, yet Jesus looks beyond appearances and delivers this church a grave report card: “…you aren’t what you think. You’re poor, blind and naked…Take my advice…and spiritual direction…” Jesus tells the Laodicean Church that He is ‘standing at the door…and knocking…’ (this may remind us of a story Jesus told during His earthly ministry about the Kingdom of heaven being like people invited to a wedding feast…but some ended up not prepared to meet the Bridegroom at the door…) (Matthew 25: 1-13).

Personal Deduction & Study

Read through Revelation 3: 14-22 once again. The Laodicea Church isn’t listening or looking for advice. They exude a tacit indifference to God. Do you see any parallels to this church and attitudes in the church today? Do you believe church is just a place to hang out and feel or look good? What is Jesus looking for in a church and in the lives of those who truly believe in His Word and desire to follow Him?

Clue Collection:

Collect your final #7 of 7 clues here and receive more of your amazing inheritance from God.

Thank you for being part of the Seven Churches Mystery exploration of 7 amazing Bible letters to 7 churches.  I trust this study inspired you to journey on further in faith, to continue to explore God’s Word, and to keep trusting in  Jesus.

“I am with you always…even to the end of the age…” Matthew 28: 16-18

Review other Churches:  Letter No. 1   Letter No. 2  Letters No. 3&4   Letter No. 5  Letter No. 6

© 2011 S. Michaels

Author: LightWriters

Life. Faith. Wellness.

4 thoughts on “The 7 Churches Mystery – Letter No. 7

  1. “What’s going on? This church’s smugness and apathy is perhaps explained by the fact that the Laodicean Church in its day was surrounded by great affluence. They had it all, money and achievements, yet Jesus looks beyond appearances and delivers this church a grave report card: ”…you aren’t what you think. You’re poor, blind and naked…”…..Hmmmmm…..sounds VERY familiar…. 🙂

    • Thank you for reading Letter No. 7 of the 7 Churches Mystery. Yes…there’s no ? about the strong parallels between the Laodicean church and the modern ‘church’ and some church ‘movements’. The 7 churches are worth study. I believe they together comprise a ‘picture’ of the endtime church at large.

  2. Excellent — you finished the race…And thank you again for investing time to read and comment on these introductory articles to the 7 churches in Revelation. I enjoyed writing them…and now…there’s a surprise ‘prize’ waiting for you! I would like to mail you a gift copy of the beautiful ‘Why Am I On This Earth?’ Christian publication! (http://whyencounter.com) For several years, I have been privileged to be a contributing writer of over 100 personal Christian stories for various editions of this wonderful book about the Bible. The publisher of the ‘Why’ book encouraged me many years ago to begin to study and memorize Scriptures, including Revelation.

    Dicky, I look forward to sending you your gift copy of the ‘Why’ book! Simply send me an email and let me know where you would like the book sent. God bless! 🙂

  3. Clue #7 – “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne.”

    Today, some believers claim that they have everything and wonder why they need to ask God for things. They are blind. They think they know everything about God or they know more about God than others; so they boast with pride, but they do not know that they are self-righteous.

    Churches are similar. Some have beautiful sanctuaries and rooms, but the body is spiritually sick because they do not put God’s Word into practice or they do not have heart to do God’s work.

    Thank you for your wonderful articles.

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