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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Laodicea - its message for us (Rev. 3:14-21)

Although the letter to Laodicea was sent to a specific church, it was also read by other congregations. So it is legitimate for us to use this letter to assess our individual spiritual state and the condition of our local congregation. Here are four details to consider.
First, there is reality of the Saviour’s searching of the churches. This means that he searches every congregation. While from one perspective it is frightening that Jesus is the searcher of each church, from another perspective it is an opportunity for realism. We should join with the Psalmist and ask the Lord to search us to see if there are wicked ways in us (Psalm 139:23-24). Our prayer should be for spiritual reality. 
Second, the letter to Laodicea reminds us of the danger of a congregation being blinded spiritually by materialism. Materialism is an obvious feature of life in the Western world and it would be foolish for a church to imagine that its members are not affected by it and the desire for more and better things. These things can take first place in believers’ lives, and when that happens it will be evidenced by lukewarmness in their devotion to Jesus. 
Third, the letter to Laodicea tells us that comprehensive restoration is given to believers when they repent of their sins. Restoration involves fellowship with each person of the Trinity. Forgiveness from God is a precious reality that opens the way to rich experiences of divine grace. Such experiences can be known in this life, but larger blessings will be known in the eternal world. 
Fourth, Jesus assures the overcomers that they will be kings in the next world. This is an incredible future that they can look ahead towards and reflect on. They will yet experience Paradise restored, where unlike Adam who lost his role as king in Eden, they will in ways currently unimaginable share with Jesus the wonders of the new heavens and new earth. And they will do so forever.

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