The Church of the Laodiceans
Rev 3:14 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;
The name laodicea means, "ruled by the people" give the people what they want to hear, a user friendly church, a social club, but not a church obeying God in holiness and in truth, reaching the lost with the sword of the word and delivering them from satans bondage. Jesus describes himself to the Laodicean church as the amen, "so be it"
2 Cor 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
2 Cor 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
2 Cor 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
2 Cor 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
The faithful and true witness. Jesus, denying himself obeyed God the Father. He was faithful all the way to the cross. He spoke the word of truth as he received it from the Father. He was in the beginning with the Father as the Word. His title was the Living Word of God; God the Son.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
We know who Jesus is and he knows our works, as he speaks to the church at Laodicea. Many agree that this is the predominant church in our nation, but hopefully not the church we attend.
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
They are neither hot nor cold, they were neutral, indifferent, perhaps the word "tolerant" would fit them, they were not for or against anything. They were no threat to the world and of no use to God. Jesus said, as lukewarm they were vomited out of his mouth.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
They were rich in things, needing nothing, but Jesus saw their hearts; and they didn't even know that they were spiritually wretched, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Heb 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Rev 3:18 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 thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Jesus, the counsellor: Buy of him gold tried in the fire,
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1 Pet 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
They needed faith in Jesus, proven faith that endures the fiery trials.
And white raiment, that you may be clothed. They needed to be clothed with the righteousness of God, through the blood of Jesus. They needed to be covered with the righteousness of grace through Jesus Christ.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Mark 9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
Mark 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
If not clothed in the righteousness of Christ, you will not be chosen to be his eternal bride with the true church of God. Ask him to forgive your sins and make him Lord of your life. We receive from him by believing in him.
Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
God loves us, so we must trust and obey in him over and above our earthly treasures.
Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Be on fire for Jesus, doing his will and going through doors of opportunity with nothing but faith in him, his Spirit and his word in your heart.