Florida Conference 2007. The Church of Laodicea. Part 1.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Laodicea is going to be tough on a lot of people because one of the signs of the last days is the fact that the church will be filled with Laodicean believers.
Laodicea was a city of Asia Minor, situated in the Lycos Valley, in the province of Phrygia.
The city was famous for the fine black wool of its sheep, and for the Phrygian powder for the eyes, which was manufactured there.
In the vicinity was the temple of men karou, and a renowned school of medicine.
In the year 60 A.D., the city was almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake, but so wealthy were its citizens that they rejected aid from Rome, and quickly rebuilt it at their own expense.
It was also a city of great wealth with extensive banking operations.
Laodicea was also known for its entertainment; it was a good time city. This will help us to understand one of the reasons why they fell away.
While it was a wealthy city, it had one great drawback.
It lacked a good water supply.
With all of their tremendous wealth, there was one thing which they could never produce, and that was hot water.
Hierapolis was famous for its hot water. If you wanted a hot bath, you would have to go there.
Colosse was famous for its cold drinking water.
Here it is used for a title of our Lord Jesus Christ who is both God and man in one person forever.
The “Amen” refers to what is sure, certain, and valid.
The “amen” guarantees that human history will continue to the end of the Millennium – at least to the year 3014.
“Amen” = Until our Lord sees fit to terminate human history, human history cannot be terminated by any system of angelic or human power.
That’s the adjective pistos.
The fact that He is true, and that He guarantees these things, and that the Bible is true, and doctrine is true is found in the adjective alethinos.
The deposition is faithfulness to believers who are living in God’s plan, and the deposition is true.
Perfect God can only create a perfect plan, and the testimony of God’s plan is given by the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Laodiceans represent the instability that comes from believers who merely use doctrine rather than live by doctrine.
REV 3:14 And to the messenger (the future Pastors of the Church of Laodicea) write (these things communicate): The Amen, the faithful and the true witness, the Beginning (Ruler) of the (new) creation of God,
Two negative adverbs here translated neither and nor – oute translated first “neither” then translated “nor.” First predicate adjective – psuchros = cold. Second predicate adjective = hot or boiling = zestos.
“Neither hot or cold”
“Cold” – psuchros = used for the unbelievers in the Laodicean Church.
“Hot” = believers who have lived in God’s pre-designed plan, and who have utilized grace, and advanced to maturity.
The solution for the cold unbeliever is to believe in Christ.
The hot believer does not need any solutions, because he has the problem-solving devices made available through his relationship with God.
“So” – adverb houtos = refers to what will happen because they are not hot or cold.
“So because” – conjunction hoti = causes us to face the reality of the situation
Pres-act-ind – eimi = you keep on being.
Lukewarm – chliaros = something that was hot but has now cooled off.
Pres-act-ind – mello “about to”
“I am about to do something,” says the Lord.
This is a customary present tense which denotes what habitually occurs when believers persist in living in the cosmic system of Satan.
All divine discipline is a gracious act on the part of God to try to teach us what we will not learn or refuse to learn the easy way.
Some people can only learn when they hurt.
Futuristic present – denoting an event which has not yet occurred (namely the administration of the sin unto death) but is regarded as being presently certain.
Active voice: the Lord Jesus Christ produces the action of the verb as the prince ruler of the Church.