In this blog, I am going to discuss how Jesus introduces Himself to the saints in Laodicea. Most importantly He reveals himself as the Amen, God’s faithful and true witness and the Creator of the Universe. Knowing who Jesus is becomes crucial to them learning the skills they need to sit with Him on the Father’s throne and ruling with Him will require them to know Him and the laws governing His kingdom.
Sadly, the word “Laodicea” has become acquainted with the term “lukewarm.” However, its original meaning is “justice of the people.” This is very fitting for these saints because later in the letter Jesus address their words and what they say. In this letter we have Jesus saying, “I Am” in a direct challenge to their “I am.” It is this conflict between Jesus and His eternal kingdom verses the saints and their temporal kingdom.
This problem is so intense that the Lord that He is willing to “spew them out of His mouth.” This problem hinders His eternal plan, which is for them to rule with Him on His throne. Jesus is not spewing anyone out but uses this expression as a metaphor for an intensely heated argument. (Read The Lukewarmer’s)
Jesus begins this ‘argument’ with the saints by declaring that He is “The Amen, God’s faithful and true witness.” But what does He mean when He says, “I Am The Amen?”
“Amen!” We often use it to end our prayers or to voice our spiritual agreement. However, amen has a huge meaning to God’s governing laws over creation. Jesus further informs the saints that He is “The Ruler over ALL God’s creation.”
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.(Psalm 41:13)
Deeply connected to the word Amen is the word, Faith. As the Amen, Jesus simultaneously links Himself to His character and reveals Himself as the One who is the foundation of faith, faithfulness, and steadfastness. Embedded into the word Amen are the words indeed; correct; for sure; a legal and binding contract; artistry; and foster parenting. All these words connect to the rest of His letter to His beloved saints.
The Great White Throne Judgment
Then I saw a large white throne and the one who was sitting on it …(Revelation 20:11)
Now think about all this because it links directly to the “Great White Throne of Judgment” that the Lord sits on. This “white throne” is the throne of RIGTEOUSNESS and has nothing to do with the punishment of sin!
In Revelation we have the words, “white robes, white horses, white hair, white stone, white cloud, and white throne.” In every case the word “white” refers to RIGHTEOUSNESS and not to sin. I believe this ‘judgment’ is happening between Jesus and the saints in Laodicea. He calls us to sit with Him on His Great White Throne of Righteousness!
The Punishment of Sin
Did you hear me? The Great White Throne has NOTHING to do with the punishment of sin!
Sin has ALREADY been judged. The judgment for your sin, my sin, and the sin of every person past, present, and future, God punished in the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here, on the cross Jesus cries out for the Father to forgive US for our sins because we do not know what we were doing.
Answering, the Father said, “Yes, Son, I forgive them.” After establishing our forgiveness He declared with a loud and definitive statement, “IT IS FINISHED!” What is finished? The eternal punishment for our sin and the eternal punishment for the princes of darkness. Jesus declare you, me, and everyone else, “NOT GUILTY!” Therefore Satan, together with all demonic entities are “GUILTY!”
To be continued …
Grace and peace
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