The words of Jesus to the church in Laodicea are the strongest amongst all the churches.
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:14-16)
Slow this down and look at the titles of Jesus.
Jesus is the Amen. It means He is validated, certain and can be trusted.
Jesus is the faithful and true witness. It means He is the genuine exact representation of God the Father.
Jesus is the ruler of God’s creation. It means everything originates from Him. He is before all things and holds all things together. Can you remember these words from somewhere else? Colossians 1: 15-17 “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
We have to look at the Colossians letter because the Laodicean Church received the same letter with the same instruction because they were facing the same problems. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea …” (Colossians 2:3) and “Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea … After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans …” (Colossians 4: 15-16)
The Apostle attacks the threat of the dethroning of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the exact representation of God, that’s what he says.
Over 30 years later we have proof that Laodicea did not take heed to the teaching of Paul about Jesus right here in these verses today. Jesus has to shake them out of their apathetic perspective of Him.
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation”
The world need to know who God is. They need to know what He has done. They need to know who they are as a result of that. They need to know how to live. For that to happen they need to know who Jesus is. They need to know the centrality and supremacy of Christ in 2022. They need to know that when you look at Jesus you look at God.
What the world needs today is to know the amazing truth that the invisible God has allowed himself to be seen and known in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is trustworthy, genuine and the originator of all things!