And unto the angel of the church of the Laodicians write; These things saith the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot. So then because thou are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor and blind, and naked. 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 eye salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. 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. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Attribute: The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God.
This church is in serious trouble. They are rich and increasing in material wealth. Laodicea is known for their wealth and known as a banking center. They had a famous medical school. So they are very comfortable, self-confident, self-satisfied and complacent. They think they are alright with the Lord. What they are doing is playing both sides. But they don’t know how very destitute they really are.
They are neither hot nor cold. The Lord says I would rather you be one or the other. Hot means to be fervent-fervent for the Lord. Cold is not walking with the Lord but is able to be persuaded when confronted with the truth. But lukewarm is a very danger position. It means riding the fence, indecisive. It is hard to get people in this position to see the truth. In the case with Laodicea they are so wealthy they have no need of any material things and full of pride of what they do have.
Like a young woman that I once knew: She is from a well-to-do family, self-sufficient; she told me, "I don't need Him."
This is where this attribute fits:
- Amen 281 means firm, trustworthy; surely.
- Faithful 4103 trustworthy, trustful, faithful, sure, true. Worthy of belief, trust, or confidence, faithful, worthy of credit. Faithful in duty to oneself and to others of true fidelity––(Webster's––faithfulness, adherence to right; careful and exact observance of duty or discharge of obligations. Adherence to a person or party to which one is bound; loyalty)
- True 228 alethinos true, real, genuine. Conformed to the truth. Real, unfeigned, not fictitious. i.e. loving truth, veracious (observant of the truth; habitually speaking the truth; truthful.)
- Witness 3144 one who testifies or can testify to the truth of what he has seen, heard, knows. Especially of those who witnessed the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, who bear witness to the truth as it is in Jesus, and testifies to the world what God reveals through Him (A Martyr, One who by His death bears witness to the truth.)
God wants the Laodiceans and us to be trustworthy and faithful to Him. To be true, genuine, conformed to the Truth and unfeigned––not fictitious and to be a good, true witness of these things, and to Him before others to the point of dying for the Truth if need be.
They are missing out on what the Lord has for them. Earthly riches will not get them to Heaven neither is it a witness to the Truth. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor which has a very large medical school, has billboards that state: "Knowledge heals". It does NOT. He says to them, “Enough!” Buy from me gold that is tried in the fire that you may be rich, buy raiment that you may be clothed, and anoint your eyes with eye salve so you can see the truth! Repent, be faithful, walk in truth and be true witnesses of the Lord. In verse 20, He wants to have true fellowship with these people and with us. He wants us to see how rewarding that fellowship is. To him that repents and overcomes:
Reward: “I will make to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.”