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November 3, 2019 The Church at Laodicea

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Speaker: Jason Rodgers
Series: Senior Pastor
Date: March 24, 2020
Scriptures: Revelations 3:14-22
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Spiritual Healing

Church at Laodicea

Nov. 3, 2019

Rev. 3:14-22

Introduction: city was wealthy and prosperous.  located between Colossae and it’s cold, fresh springs and Hieropolis - known for its soothing hot springs.

Four areas of need for this church that Jesus addressed.

I.They had lost their vigor  (vv 16-17)

      • Three “spiritual temperatures”
          • Burning Heart - Luke 24:32 So they said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts ablaze within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?”
          • Cold Heart - Matthew 24:12 Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold.
          • Luke Warm Heart - Rev. 3:16 
              • comfortable and complacent
              • doesn’t realize his need
              • if he were cold he would at least realize it!
              • cold water from Colossae and hot water from Hierapolis would be lukewarm - tepid- by the time it was piped to Laodicea 
          • We enjoy drinks when they are cold or hot - this is why our server continually tops off our ice drink and coffee!!
          • they had become self sufficient - Jesus was outside the church trying to get in!

II.They had lost their values (vv 17-18a)

      • Smyrna thought it was poor but it was rich! (2:9)- the Laodiceans boasted they they were rich when in fact they were spiritually bankrupt
      • had become proud of their ministry and were measuring “success” by human standards instead of spiritual values
      • in the eyes of the Lord they were “wretched and miserable and poor”
      • Laodicea was a wealthy city and a banking center - some of the ideals of the market place may have crept into the church so their values became twisted
      • what a church values says much about their spiritual condition
      • they didn’t realize Jesus was about the vomit them of his mouth!
      • Warren Wiersbe in Be Victorious says, “The solution? Pay the price to get “true gold tried by fire”.  This suggests that the church needed some persecution;  they were too comfortable (1 Peter 1:7).  Nothing makes God’s people examine their priorities faster than suffering.”

III. They had lost their vision (v18b)

      • were blind to their spiritual reality (condition)
      • proud of a church that was on the verge of being rejected
      • In 2 Peter 1:5-9) Peter teaches when a believer is not growing in the Lord his spiritual vision is affected 
      • “diet” has bearing on the condition of one’s eyes, in a spiritual sense as well as physical!
      • Folks couldn’t see themselves as they really were.  Nor could they see their Lord as he stood outside the door of the church.
      • They were so caught up building their own kingdom they were neglecting His!
      • The solution was to apply heavenly eye salve!
      • As Jesus did w the man in John 9 he might irritate before he illuminates!
      • We must submit to His treatment and then maintain good spiritual “health habits” so that our vision grows sharper! 

IV.They had lost their vesture (vv17-22)

        • Story of the emperors new clothes
            • they thought they were finely clothed but they were naked!
            • to be naked means to be defeated and humiliated 
                • 2 Samuel 10:4 
                • Isa 20:1-4
        • they could goto market and buy the finest clothes but that would never meet their true need
                • they needed the white garments of His righteousness and grace
                • Rev.19:8 says we should be clothed in “fine linen, clean and white” this symbolizes  “the righteous acts of the saints”
                • salvation is Christ’s righteousness imputed to us
                • sanctification is His righteousness imparted go us - made part of our character and conduct

Conclusion:

A.Explanation (v19a)

            • “as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten”
                • Still loved them
                • he was going to discipline them as proof of his love
                • God permits churches to go through times of trial so they might become what He wants them to become

B.Exhortation (v19b)

            • “be zealous therefore and repent”
                • they needed to repent of their pride and humble themselves before God
                • they needed go “stoke the inner fire” (2 Tim. 1:6) and cultivate a burning heart!

C.Invitation (vv 20-22)

            • He was waiting for one person, even just one, to open the door of revival and revitalization!