Revelation 3:16 Index
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."
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CONDITION: The condition of the church locally and in the church age. "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." (KC 72)

"...because thou art lukewarm..."

  • Laodicea was located on the Lycos River, six miles downstream from the city of Hierapolis. Hierapolis was famous for its hot springs which were used for health spas starting in the second century BC. However, by the time the water flowed to Laodicea, it was tepid, neither cold nor hot. It also smelled of sulfur and tasted terrible - one would "spue (vomit) thee out" of the mouth. The Laodiceans attempted to solve this by building an aqueduct from the distant mountains. The water was cold as it left the mountains; however by the time it arrived in Laodicea it was lukewarm. Lukewarm is a mixture of hot and cold. (KC 74)
  • This symbolizes a mixture of religion and worldliness. "And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful" (Mark 4:19). Why is it so easy for people to get excited and passionate concerning war, sports, entertainment, or politics, but they can't seem to get excited and passionate concerning Jesus Christ? They are spiritually "lukewarm." There is a great difference between religion and spirituality. Religious campaigns, conventions, social functions, and foreign missions do not make a church spiritual.... There is something wrong with God's church. The things of this world have neutralized the spirituality of the followers of Christ until they are repulsive to Him. "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:16). (KC 74-75)