- How do you think the church in Laodicea had become so blind to its true spiritual condition? Cf. Matt. 23:25, 26; 2 Cor. 4:18. Who undertakes to deal with them, and how?
- What three qualities of Christian character are symbolized by ‘gold refined in the fire’, ‘white clothes’ and ‘salve to put on your eyes’, respectively? See for the first, 1 Pet. 1:7; for the second, verses 4 and 19:8; Ps. 51:7; and for the third, Ps. 119:18; 2 Pet. 1:9; Eph. 1:18, 19. How may these things be obtained?
- How in its context is verse 20 to be understood? If a church as a whole is ‘lukewarm’, may individuals within it enjoy a close relationship with the Lord? What does the Lord promise to such? What are the conditions to be fulfilled in order to obtain what is promised? Cf. John 14:22, 23.
Note. Verse 17. Laodicea was prosperous and wealthy. After its overthrow by an earthquake in AD 61 it was rebuilt by its own citizens without imperial subsidy. ‘We need nothing’ was virtually what its inhabitants said.