[1580] The construction is like that of Revelation 18:7-8. 1 Henry Barclay Swete, The Apocalypse of St. John (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1998, 1906), lxi. Revelation 3:17. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. The Laodicean church saw itself as rich and prosperous, but Jesus saw it as poor. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Judgment falls and the wheel goes around again. Pr. 3:17+). 8 Erich Sauer, The Dawn of World Redemption (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s Publishing Company, 1951, c1964), 50. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Philadelphia was located about 28 miles southeast of Sardis. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In this verse Jesus promises to make "the conqueror" a pillar in God's temple. He was low on their list of priorities. What does Revelation 3:17 mean? Proud member (Deu. Proud member This is the last church in the seven church ages that cover the 2000 years of church history. (Pr. 2Th. Verse 17. So this is us, in our end-time church as seen through God’s eyes. of Undoubtedly, some wealthy bankers were members of the church and contributed generously to its offerings, but the church was spiritually bankrupt. It's interesting to note that the ancient city of Philadelphia was vulnerable to earthquakes that collapsed buildings. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 30:8-9), But sin makes blind and man cannot perceive his corruption (Eph. Because thou sayest, I am rich In worldly goods, which occasioned her lukewarmness, as riches often do, and her vanity, pride, and arrogance, afterwards expressed. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased in goods, signifies that they think they possess in all abundance the knowledges of truth and good which are of the church and heaven. Men suffer lack and affliction and turn to God. God was always on the back burner, so to speak. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. All rights reserved. Eph. God responds to repentance with provision and blesses. What does Revelation 3:7 mean? Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Revelation 3:17 (BBE) For you say, I have wealth, and have got together goods and land, and have need of nothing; and you are not conscious of your sad and unhappy condition, that … Revelation 3:17-18. Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 3:17 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - BM Home - Full Page. The attitude of the city of Laodicea had infected the church. Mat. Because thou sayest, I am rich. Revelation 3:17. “It is evident that the Christians of Laodicea shared the self-sufficiency of their fellow-townsmen, and carried it into the sphere of their relations with God and Christ.”, Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The English present often is the best translation for such a perfect. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. They professed that God was their god, but they proved their insincerity by not honoring Him with their attention, their time, their energy. From the beginning to the end of its history, Israel's great sin was trying to get the best of both worlds. 5 Colin J. Hemer, The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia in Their Local Setting (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989), 193. Its name combines the Greek words for "love" and "brothers." Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. God was always on the back burner, so to speak. . What does Revelation 3:18 mean? What does Revelation 3:12 mean? 3 “Intensive Perfect (a.k.a. This is a common use of the perfect tense.”—Daniel B. Wallace, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics - Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House and Galaxie Software, 1999, 2002), 574. Deu. Laodicea was a very rich city, and so will be this church state, through the accession of kings and princes, and great men of the earth unto it, in the former period: riches seldom do any good to the churches of Christ, they did not in Constantine's time; and it seems that even at the close of the spiritual reign of Christ they will be of bad consequence, since they will usher in the Laodicean church state: or her meaning is, that she was rich in spiritual things; not in grace, but in external gifts, which still remained, upon the very great pouring forth of the Spirit in the last church state; and in good works, on which she too much trusted for salvation, placing her righteousness in them: she is one whom the Jews F3 call (hrwtb ryve) , "rich in the law": and increased with goods: with outward peace and prosperity, with much natural and divine light and knowledge, with the purity of Gospel ordinances, even beyond the former church state in her own imagination: and have need of nothing: contenting herself with these external things: true believers, as considered in Christ, stand in need of nothing indeed, they are complete in him, and have everything in him; but, as considered in themselves, they are daily in need of daily food for their souls, as for their bodies, of fresh light and life, strength and comfort, and of new supplies of grace; wherefore this church shows great ignorance of herself, as well as great pride and arrogance to express herself in this manner: and knowest not that thou art wretched; as all men are in a state of nature and unregeneracy; which may be the case of many professors, and they be ignorant of it; as to be under a sentence of wrath, obnoxious to the curses of the law, in danger of hell and destruction, lost and undone, and unable to extricate themselves out of such a state: true believers account themselves wretched, as the Apostle Paul did, on account of indwelling sin, and the plague of their own hearts, which the members of this church, the greater part of them, were ignorant of: and miserable; a miserable man is one that is attended with outward afflictions, but this was not the case of this church; and with spiritual poverty, blindness, and nakedness, and this was her case; some persons neither know their misery, nor their need of mercy: and poor; not in purse, nor in spirit, nor with respect to outward afflictions, nor as to her church state, but in a spiritual sense; one whom the Jews call a F4 (hrwtb vr) , "poor in the law"; as such may be said to be who have nothing to eat that is fit to eat; nothing to wear but rags, and have no money to buy either; who are in debt, and not able to pay, nor to help themselves on any account; and this may be the case of professors, and yet not known and considered by them: and blind; natural men are blind as to a saving knowledge of God in Christ, as to the way of salvation by Christ, as to the plague of their own hearts, as to the work of the Spirit of God upon the soul, and as to the truths of the Gospel, in the power of them; but here it regards blindness with respect to her church state, and its imperfection: and naked; sin has stripped man of his moral clothing; man's own righteousness will not cover his nakedness; and whoever is destitute of the righteousness of Christ is a naked person. From the beginning to the end of its history, Israel's great sin was trying to get the best of both worlds. . It's interesting to note that the ancient city of Philadelphia was vulnerable to earthquakes that collapsed buildings. Salem Media Group. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. Resultative Perfect). [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In response to the Laodicean church's smug self-assessment, Jesus advises it to buy pure gold from Him. 6 James Strong, The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1996), G5005. 4:18; Rev. 7 Frederick William Danker and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 249. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. —The verse means, more literally, Because thou sayest, I am rich, and have grown rich, and in nothing have need, and knowest not that thou art the wretched (such is the emphasis) one, and the pitiable one, and beggarly, and blind, and naked. The Greek word nikōn refers to someone who overcomes or obtains victory. The city was known for its numerous vineyards. Revelation 3:17. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue.