Laodicea - One of the 7 churches of Asia
There is not one commendable thing said about this church.
Other references to this church in Col 4:12-13 & 5-16.
This was a well known church, important commercial city on a major trade route.
What’s missing from the letter?
1. There’s nothing said about trying false teachers, 2:2, like Ephesus
2. Nothing said of them hating impurity, 2:6, like Ephesus
3. Nothing said of them holding fast their faith, 2:13, like Pergamos
4. Nothing said of their last works being greater than their first, 2:19, like Thyratira
5. Nothing said about keeping their garments undefiled, like Sardis, 3:4
What IS said about them?
1. Neither cold not hot... but lukewarm
2. Concentration on material things,3:14-22
3. Feeling of independence, even from God 3:17
4. Blind to their true condition, v 17
What do they need?
- To receive godly advice, v18.
- To buy refined gold - get rid of all the impurities; there is only one source, God;
- to buy white garments so that you may clothe yourself - purity;
- to buy eye salve - so you may see your true condition.
- To take this message to heart. V19. They are being reproved because he loves them and he disciplines whom He loves
- to repent with zeal.
- To see that eternity is at stake. V21, he who overcomes will be granted a seat with Christ
Are you a Laodicean? What do you need to do?