Is the letter relevant to us today? Does it represent a figurative Laodicean Church Age?
Revelation 3:14 - 22
ESV - 14 And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. 15 'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!
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I think all seven churches are relevant to us today. Most have problems! The trouble with the church at Laodicea is that it was neither cold (openly rejecting Jesus) nor hot (eagerly professing the Gospel). Instead, much like the water that flowed there, which was tepid, they were hypocrites, saying they knew Christ but they did not belong to Him. He certainly was not first in their lives. Christ will ultimately reject such believers, as we know (I never knew you).
I think that Rev 3:22 addresses one of the most significant ailments of contemporary "Christianity". If we claim to know and desire to follow Christ, there is no room for complacency and accommodation of competing liberal "inclusive" ideologies. Christ wants zeal, passion and commitment in his followers and anything less is "lukewarm" and worthy of his rejection. When we look at the failure rate of so many mainstream churches, we are looking at Laodicia. Where do we see zeal for Christ? We see it in those Bible-oriented, evangelical Churches that are attracting passionate adherents who love the Lord.
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