Letters to the Seven Churches
Years ago, I read that each of the seven churches of Asia Minor represented an era of the Christian Church. In other words, Jesus’s message to them, through St John the Divine, was meant to be a warning ahead of time for Christians for the next two thousand years.
This definitely means that the phrase ‘this generation will not pass’ is not just twenty years long (as is mostly by what the word implies) but 100 times that length of time.
It would be fair to say that the falling away from churchgoing in the present day proves that the Christian Church is considered irrelevant by most (so-called) Christians.
Here’s what the message is for us:
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
(Revelation 3 NIV)
As my Grade 13 English teacher, Archie Ross used to say: “A word to the wise is sufficient.”
It’s time to let the Light of the World back into your life.