THE SEVEN CHURCHES
I KNOW THY WORKS FOR MY NAME'S SAKE
Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and
thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast
tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them
Revelation 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and
for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest
the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and
poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they
are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou
shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may
be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death,
and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation 2:13 thou holdest fast my name, and hast
not denied my faith,
Revelation 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and
service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more
than the first.
Revelation 2:25 But that which ye have already hold
fast till I come.
Revelation 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my
works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Revelation 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of
iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I
received of my Father.
Revelation 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.
I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
Revelation 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things
which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect
Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast
received and heard, and hold fast, and repent
Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set
before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little
strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my
patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come
upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast
which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a
pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write
upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new
Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon
him my new name.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and
knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and
will sup with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to
sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my
Father in his throne.
Revelation 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit saith unto the churches.
I HAVE THESE THINGS AGAINST YOU, SAYETH THE LORD
Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against
thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art
fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee
quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat
of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee,
because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac
to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things
sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Revelation 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the
doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee
quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things
against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself
a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to
eat things sacrificed unto idols.
If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and
thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art
neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and
increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art
wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried
in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be
clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine
eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and
chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Brothers, here in the 2nd and 3rd chapters of the book of Revelation Jesus speaks to the seven churches. He begins each message to the individual church by telling them what they do that is pleasing to Him, and to the Father. Then he shows them what they are doing wrong, and that that is displeasing to both Jesus and the Father. Jesus is very specific to all seven of the churches.
But, to the church at Laodicea he does not see any good coming from them. As a matter of fact quite the opposite. He starts out with those things that he finds great fault with. Jesus says that they are neither cold nor hot, and that He wishes that they were either cold or hot. But, because that they are neither cold nor hot, that he has judged them to be lukewarm that He Jesus, will spue them from His mouth.
Wow! Do you see that this church actually makes him sick to his stomach. What is it about this particular church that displeases him so. First, that He would begin with all that he finds wrong in them and their work. Then he tells them exactly what it is about them that He finds sickening.
He says this specifically about this particular church at Laodicea.
1. That they believe that they are rich, and have many things is pleases to them, not God.
2. That they think that there is nothing in this world that they need, because they possess all that they want.
3. He says that He still loves them, but unless they repent, and buy His gold, the gold that has been tried by fire, and proven to be of God. That they will not be with him where He is.
4. He says again that he loves them, but rebukes, and chastens them. He says that they must be zealous, They must be on fire in their service for Him.
5. Jesus says to them that they do not even know that they are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
6. He says that they need to obtain white raiment to clothe them, and to hide their nakedness.Clothing that is without spot nor blemish, that can only come from Jesus Christ our Lord.
7. He tells them to anoint their eyes with eye salve that they might see the extent to which they have fallen.
8. He tells them that they must repent.
Brothers, do you see that Jesus has not found one thing to say that is good about this church. This is so sad. He stated to the other six churches that there were many things that they were doing right, and a few things that they needed to change.
But, where this church is concerned, they must repent, just as the lost of this world must repent to be saved. He tells them that he loves them, but that they must repent, and change their prideful, and wicked ways. We know that God loved us when we were lost, just as he loves the lost of this day in which we live. But, if the lost does not repent confessing their sins they will not be with him. Neither will the church of Laodicea.
I have no doubt that Jesus is speaking here to many churches of this day, especially here in America. Do not misunderstand me, for there are a lot of good churches that are doing God's work. But, never in the history of this country have there been so many churches who are like this church at Laodicea.
Please take to heart the lesson that must be learned in this day. I ask that you look around, and if you find that you are living as the people of Laodicea lives. Then repent, and ask God to put you where you are to be, before it is to late. Step out from this church, and back into His service. Boldness in your love for out Lord Jesus, and in your love for the lost, and in your love for your brothers, is required of you and I.
God Bless you my brothers,
John HippHVM - C61215