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Church at Laodicea with Q and A June 25, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Judgment, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Seven Churches of Revelation.
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Sorry about the earlier formatting problem. Hope this is somewhat more readable. 

THE CHURCH AT LAODICEA

Revelation 3:14-22 

1.     What is the significance of Jesus as the Faithful Witness (Revelation 1:5; 19:11; 22:6)?

What He says is going to happen, will happen. This is also emphasized with the name, “the Amen”.

2.     What is the difference between Jesus being the “Beginning of the creation of God” and being the “firstborn” of creation? Why is this name important within this message (verse 21)?

The word “Beginning” probably refers to the fact that Christ is the source of all creation; see Colossians 1:18. It appears that Jesus is emphasizing and identifying Himself as the God/man in order to emphasize His relationship both with God and with believers.

3.     How does John/Jesus explain what is meant in verses 15 & 16a by “lukewarm”?  

Verse 17 explains the concept. This church seems to be much like the church in Sardis in many ways. Their lives did not match up to God’s expectation. While we do not know why Sardis was dead, we do know why Laodicea was lukewarm. Compare verse 17 with the church at Smyrna and verse 18 with the church at Sardis.

4.     What indications if any are there that there are believers within the church in Laodicea (verse 19)?

He loves and chastens them.

5.     How does the call(s) to repentance in this message vary from some of the previous messages?

There seems to be great compassion in the invitation to repent.

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