The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 3:7–13)

This entry is part 10 of 54 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

Jesus speaks to the church in Laodicea as the One who speaks truth and was present at the creation (3:14). Neither hot like water from a spring nor cold like water from a mountain stream, the Laodiceans were said to be distastefully lukewarm (3:15–16). Citizens of a wealthy city known for wool and eye medicine, they claimed physical prosperity but were yet described as “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (3:17). They needed faith and to be clothed with true righteousness that comes from spiritual sight (3:18). Jesus’ love and reproof were meant for their zeal to repent (3:19). Were they to respond to his rebuke knocking at their door, He would come to dine with him, perhaps a reference to His coming and the great feast thereafter (cf. 2:25; 3:3; 19:9). Jesus promised the overcomer to join Him on His throne as He has done with the Father (3:21). Those with ears were to hear the Spirit’s words (3:22).

Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
3:14 Gen 49:3;
Deut 21:17
The Beginning of creation is Him who caused it to begin, making Him preeminent therein, as a firstborn is preeminent among his siblings.
3:14 Isa 65:16 A Hebrew form of amen is used of the God of truth, maybe an allusion and applied to Jesus.
3:18 Prov 17:3;   Zech 13:9 Something purified and given by Christ, this gold may be faith purified through trials.
3:19 Prov 3:12 Christ promised reproof to the Laodiceans because of His love for them as His children.

 A Parting Thought

Faith, righteousness, and illumination―all of these come from Christ who then promises us to reign with Him for having such as these and the works that come from them. What a gracious Savior we have!

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