July 2, 2019 by directorfsm
Used as an invitation to individual unbelievers as a call to accept Jesus, this is another verse that is often misused in the church today. It is is a call to churches everywhere to not be like the church at Laodicea. Jesus says he is calling (knocking at the door) the problem is there are to few listening.
What is Jesus, through the hand of John actually stating here? Is it an invitation or a proclamation? Does it matter? As always we can take one verse alone and sort of make it fit what ever we what. This of course is BAD Biblical Hermeneutics (the study of the principles and methods of interpreting the bible) for it does not take in context or the whole counsel of God. Any good study of Scripture must begin with Scripture interpreting Scripture or we risk contradicting scripture.
So here we need to ask:
Who: In context who if Jesus addressing? Reading the text it is obvious whom this portion of scripture addresses, v.14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write:” You can not try and interpret this any other way, it is to the church in Laodicea.
Why: Jesus so loves His church that He does what any one who sees gross error should do and first pints it out then as head of the church disciplines them. Even after chastisement and rebuke they ignore Him (V.19) they ignore still Him. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Here it is a proclamation, top any and all churches as indifferent as the Laodiceans. Jesus wants to restore the church but no one is willing to let Him in to help.
So can this be an invitation? Of a sort I guess the answer is yes, but not one to unbelievers. This proclamation is an invitation for churches and the body of believers therein to repent and get right with Christ.
We are here brought acquainted with the Lord’s Epistle to the seventh Church, Laodicea. We have a certain account of this Church in the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians; for he thrice makes mention of it, Colossians 2:1; Col_4:13 and Colossians 4:15. Its situation was in the province of Asia. Like all the former, it is occupied at present by the Turks. If, as this Epistle is placed last in point of order, it be thereby meant to say, its period will be last, and succeed the Church of Philadelphia; We may generally learn from it, that the glorious spiritual reign of Christ, during the Philadelphian-state, will be succeeded with an awful lukewarm, and lifeless condition, under this Laodicean; and afford a striking display of the Lou’s grace, and their undeservings…. (Continued at link above)