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Faith Bible Church Greenfield Illinois

The Church That Was a 10

In Revelation 3 we come to the church of Laodicea. It seems that this Church was a Church that would rate itself as a 10 when it came to serving the Lord, but Jesus rates them quite differently. They thought a lot of themselves, they thought that they had everything, but according to Jesus they had nothing. For this Church Jesus has nothing but rebuke and warning to give. As He has with all the other Churches, Jesus starts out with a unique introduction of Himself that gives us insight into their problems. I. Jesus introduces Himself to Laodicea A. I am the Amen (Revelation 3:14) 1. Transliteration of the Hebrew word for truth, affirmation, certainty 2. It refers to that which is firm, fixed and unchangeable 3. Often used in scripture to affirm the truthfulness of a statement 4. Jesus is the Amen, the affirmation of all God’s promises in OT (II Corinthians 1:20) B. The Faithful Witness 1. Whatever the Father told Him to say Jesus said (John 12:49) 2. Whatever the Father told Him to do He did (John 5:19) 3. He accomplished His mission (John 17:4, Matthew 26:39) C. The True Witness 1. He is truth (John 14:6) 2. Jesus came into the world to bear witness to the truth (John 18:37) D. The Beginning of the Creation of God 1. He is the Creator (John 1:1-3) 2. As such He has the authority to rule and judge His creation II. Jesus knows their works A. He compares their works to the lukewarm water they had in town (Revelation 3:15, 16) 1. I wish that your works were drinkable – acceptable 2. They were stomach turning 3. He would vomit their works out – they made Him sick 4. Like the works and sacrifices of ancient Israel (Is. 1:11-15, Hosea 6:6) B. What made it even worse is they were arrogant about their works (Revelation 3:17) 1. We are rich and wealthy 2. We have need of nothing - Compare this to the Church in Smyrna (Rev. 2:9) 3. They felt like they were getting everything right C. They didn’t see their true condition 1. They were wretched and miserable (Psalm 51:17) 2. They were poor and blind and naked How sad and delusional it is to think that you’ve got it altogether while missing the mark completely. Like a naked man who thinks he’s clothed, like a blind man who thinks he knows where he is going, like a poor man who lives like he’s rich, so is a person who thinks that they can do works pleasing to God on their own and measure by their own made up standard that they are doing great.
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