The scholars call church in Laodicea a Carnal Church.
Lord Jesus uses three worded description of Himself in Verse 14 to authenticate His authoritative words to the church.
From verses 15 & 16 we come across three ‘Spiritual Temperatures’
Those who are spiritually hot will be on fire for the Lord with enthusiasm and excitement and share and serve HIM.
Next temperature category is ‘Spiritually Cold’.
A cold heart person continues to reject the Gospel and discards it summarily.
Their hearts are in deep freeze and nothing penetrates.
The third category is‘spiritually lukewarm’.
Lord wishes people of the church to be hot or cold but not lukewarm.
Because HE says He cannot tolerate lukewarm spirituality of the people.
The taste of their spirituality makes the Lord to spit out.
The church at Laodicea did not know that they were spiritually dead.
People in the church were comfortable because of their material wealth or worldly riches because Laodicea city was prosperous than all the 7 churches.
He tells them that they think they have everything what the world offers but they have absolutely nothing to count in their love for the Lord.
In one word HE was saying to them that they are wretched, miserable and naked.
Laodicean church was spiritually poor, spiritually naked, and spiritually blind.
Lord Jesus offers them refined gold, the treasures in heaven which are precious than earthly riches.
White garments represent purity and righteousness.
Those who receive the gift of forgiveness by faith HE imputes HIS righteousness on them and throughout sanctifying process HE imparts HIS righteousness.
HE clothes such believers with white clothes fit to be in presence of God.
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.
Because of their lukewarm condition the Lord was standing outside of the church doors.
HE says to them I am here but the doors were shut.
The Lord will never force HIS entry into any closed doors.
The picture of Lord Jesus standing out side of the hearts of people tells that HE is waiting for their choice to open the door of their heart.
Lord Jesus never compels anybody to receive HIM into their hearts.
To those who are faithful till the end, HE gives authority to rule with HIM in the millennial Kingdom when HE sits on the Throne of David.
Spiritually speaking the church is poor in spite of their accomplishments, monuments, cathedrals, charity work and religiosity.
The 21stcentury church is naked because many Christians continue to attend the church but never experienced forgiveness of sin and gift of salvation in their life.
Absolutely many Christians are without salvation in their life.
The 21stcentury church is blind because of its compromises, political correctness, never coming out of its comfort zone.
Like the Laodicean church, many churches are lukewarm and in need of the Lord.
William Barclay says that no lukewarm Christian should claim as a Christian at all.
The 21stcentury church does not look like HIS anymore because it is ‘their church’ with all their agendas going through motions of religion.
Lord Jesus is standing at the door of every heart and knocking.
Every door of a human heart has no handle outside.
Only the owner of the heart has to open the door from inside for the LORD.
My friend, Lord Jesus wants to come into your heart and HE is standing outside of your heart right now.
Will you consider to open the door of your heart for Lord JESUS now?