Jerry Gilbert (24 March 2011)

Revelation 3: 14-22: The letter to the Laodiceans:

14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

 15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 17Because 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:

 18I 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.

 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

 20Behold, 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.

 21To 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.

 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.


From my read of this admonishment from Jesus:


If you persist in acting like these Laodiceans, don’t expect to remain with Christ.  I equate the word “spue” with the word “vomit”.  He literally vomits you out.


He tells you that you are:


   1. miserable
   2. poor
   3. blind, and
   4. naked


In saying  “I have need of nothing” (my paraphrase) … I equate that with considering oneself to be self-satisfied intellectually and emotionally as well as physically. Having need of “nothing” means just that…nothing.  


If you reject the Lord’s gift of the Holy Spirit, consider it a vain thing, something that is no longer necessary, invalid for today or otherwise useless; If you consider yourself to be so secure in your righteousness that you have no need to be taught, no need to be led, feel ashamed to be associated with and would never do what “those people” do, ie., speak in tongues, prophesy, lay hands on the sick, the dead, rebuke Satan and his demons, …. then you are a “Laodicean” just as Jesus described …


and…you WILL be left behind. You never really walked with him.


Read the word for yourself. It’s your choice.


Jerry Gilbert

Denver, Colorado, USA