This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. Many would like to eat and fellowship with Christ just to say that they had that novel experience. Blind. . King James Version (KJV). Probably all of us have slumped into Laodiceanism somewhat. God reveals His love for the Laodicean when, rather than giving up on him, He gives him a punishing trial. So great is his conceit that it blinds him into saying he needs nothing! Destitute of the true riches. Christ's advice to the Laodicean is to get eye salve so he can see. God warns that we must not bear that holy name carelessly, that is, to no good purpose. But the irony here is that God is seeking His people, and they are too uncaring to even rouse themselves to answer the door! "Wretched and miserable" together provide further descriptions of "poor, blind, and naked." The Laodicean has the same problem. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Today, an awful lot of people are interested in church government at this time. Is there something in the letter to Thyatira that mentions things that are happening in that group? If we think we are Laodicean, we may be waking up and beginning to see our faults. Instead, He describes a general principle, a natural trend, which happens to most when they begin to accumulate wealth. He must overcome his apathy for the things of God and begin to care deeply for the things he claims to believe. Undoubtedly, it is idolatry! He is appealing to anyone in that condition to change his or her attitude. How many deaths have occurred where a person did something seriously wrong yet claims, "I didn't mean for that to happen"? And knowest not that thou art - In God's account, wretched and pitiable. The Laodicean says he is rich, but Christ's revelation shatters that delusion. Each of us can make a greater effort to study, pray, fast, grow in love for each other, unselfishly help our neighbors, and follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit while we have the time and opportunity. Though the Laodicean is indifferent, lackadaisical, and inconsistent in his devotion to God, his ignorance of his spiritual condition reveals a fundamental flaw that undergirds his lukewarm condition and paralyzes his spiritual life. Could we be deceiving ourselves about our true state? Which best represents the problem with the comment? He thinks he lives in his "golden years." It indicates the power of Babylon! And knowest not that thou art - In God's account, wretched and pitiable. His witness is no good - and useless to Christ. Physically oriented, he is governed by human nature, rather than by God. Spiritually, she is so very alluring. Biblically, "poor" does not mean the same as our normal English usage of the word. Their lackadaisical, wishy-washy, self-righteous attitudes and self-absorbed, self-satisfied lives are totally unacceptable to Him. 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. Recall again that to whom much is given, the more shall be required. Worldly prosperity had, probably, made the church indifferent. How careful Christians must be in this time when the world and Satan are pressing their distractions upon us as never before! The wealth of the Laodicean is not the problem. To our eyes, the world may look ugly, but its spiritual charm distracts us from more important things. Of course, this is not physical blindness but a lack of spiritual comprehension or judgment. This self-deception results in inconsistency in prayer and Bible Study and nonchalance in overcoming. If we do something about them, we will be donning garments of true righteousness. James 2 5. Laodiceanism is so subtle that those who seemingly are best-equipped to detect it are blind to it! This is one of the Laodicean's problems. “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and haue need of nothing: and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poore, and blinde, and naked.” None of this means, though, that Laodiceans are lazy people. A fairly close parallel exists between the Laodicean and Ephesian conditions.

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