To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
In the last message to the seven churches, the seventh of them, the church of Laodicea, it would seem that the Lord had found a completely deviant church, of which there was nothing good to praise. However, even to this confused and mistaken church, He has given a beautiful promise: To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. The love of God knows no bounds and, as a good Father, He is willing to sit on His throne to His repentant prodigal son.
Let’s look at the other part of the message to the Laodicea church, which is in Revelation 3: 14-20, Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator[a] of God’s creation says: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I’m rich; I have become wealthy and need nothing,’ and you don’t know that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.
I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire so that you may be rich, white clothes so that you may be dressed and your shameful nakedness not be exposed, and ointment to spread on your eyes so that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be committed and repent. Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.
How many errors did the Lord find in this church! The church of Laodicea was neither warm nor cold, but lukewarm and intended to be rich without needing anything. However, the reality was that, because of its lukewarmness, the Lord rejected it. Besides, instead of wealth and not needing anything, this church was found hapless, miserable, poor, blind and naked. Will there be such a church these days? I dare say yes, especially those that promote riches and accommodate the gospel to sweeten the ears of parishioners.
Will the Lord want to exclude this type of church from His Kingdom? Of course not, if it has caught his attention, pointing out deviations, also has given the outlet to find the right path. The spiritual poverty of the Laodicea-type churches is enriched with gold refined in fire from the presence of the Lord. Nakedness, a product of the sin of this church, is covered with the white robes of holiness. Verse 19 is the best example of the love of Jesus Christ for this church: As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be committed and repent.
For his part, Revelation 3:20 says: I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. Regarding this verse, the American pastor Paul Washer said: “Christ is not knocking at the door of the sinner’s heart, but at the door of a rebellious church.” And certainly, Pastor Washer is quite right, we must look at the context under which this passage appears in the Bible. I do not think there is anyone who can say that the message to Laodicea’s church does not touch anything. We have sinned in one way or another and the Lord is knocking on our door in order to bring us to repentance so that we are seated with Him on His throne. God bless you.