If we only look at the details of the vision these chapters we would get distracted and not understand what is going on. But there is a center, and it is a majestic throne. It is a very great encouragement that the very first thing that John saw in the center of the Universe is a Throne! I say that Christ on the Throne is the center of everything and the anchor needed for the soul!
Discipline and Love (Revelation 3:14-22)
Whether we are talking about Luther or if we look at David – or anywhere else you look at true repentance, it always points us to the reality that Repentance equals unrelenting dependence on God – a life of it! The very thing that Laodicea lacked. They thought they had need of nothing. So Jesus rebukes them in LOVE. Yes, that is right, in LOVE. True LOVE has teeth. We are apt to presume upon Christ’s love and assume it excludes discipline – and that lets in evil leaven, lending strength to flesh. The amazing truth that Jesus declares to them in v.19 is that without discipline you cannot know love!
Laodicea, Free Food (Revelation 3:14-22)
Laodicea’s problem was that they said “I have need of nothing!” When a Church of God speaks like this it leaves a TASTE in Jesus’ mouth … a taste he wants to vomit out! Jesus gives the church a straightforward command if they want to avoid being Jesus’ throw-up, and that is BE ZEALOUS and Repent! Zealous means earnest or Fervent. This is what Jesus means by Hot and COLD… He is not saying either be Good or Bad, but rather be Passionate / fervent to Christ. Jesus is saying – you’re not satisfying to me because you think you have NO NEED of me, you have no Fervor! – Let me tell you, “you can never be too fervent for Christ!”
Philadelphia, Door None Can Shut (Revelation 3:7-13)
Have you ever noticed how powerful Christ love is seen in those churches and people who have little strength? That is the story of the church in Philadelphia, but also for all God’s people.
Sardis, Wake up and Walk in White (Revelation 3:1-6)
There is hope even for churches like Sardis! The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, so there is hope – that is why Jesus comes to Sardis. And like a great physician He will diagnose their condition and offer His Gospel remedy
Thyatira Trouble with Tolerance (Revelation 2:18-29)
Thyatira was a pretty good church, it had all three of the primary graces of Christianity. But it had the wrong kind of tolerance. Jesus directs the most council to this church because of the seriousness of compromise when it comes to the essentials of our faith and the conduct of our worship. The solution Jesus gives is to know Him as the Son of God, and to observe carefully what he does.
Pergamum, Needing Inclusion (Revelation 2:12-17)
How can we stand against the frontal attacks of Satan and his more subtle back-door attacks when their is a war raging inside of each of us between the flesh and the spirit? Simply put, we need to look outside ourselves to Jesus because Jesus is the Divine warrior who cuts away all sin by His word!
Smyrna, Aroma of Suffering (Revelation 2:8-11)
Smyrna was a very difficult place to be a witness to the Lord Jesus Christ. And Jesus calls the Christians in Smyrna away from a focus on this world and on its goods and influences – and to have an everlasting perspective. To see far enough spiritually that death cannot hurt those who suffer in Christ the resurrected King!
Ephesus, fallen from first love (Revelation 2:1-7)
The Apostle John is very concerned with the church and Christians conquering. Why? Because Jesus came to conquer the works of the Devil and the curse of sin. From the Letters to the seven churches we see that conquering is all about knowing Jesus and being united to Him in everything!
Seeing Jesus Fully (Revelation 1:9-20)
Confidence in our position is based on Christ’s position as heavenly judge, priest, and ruler of the church as a result of His victory over death! John wants us to see that we will be overcomers when we see Jesus in His full glory!