I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. Colossians 2:1 NLT
Laodicea is the last of the seven churches that received a letter from Jesus. Laodicea was located about 45 miles southeast of Philadelphia. It was founded around 250 B.C. by Antiochus II. He named the city for his wife, Laodicē.
Paul mentions Laodicea in Colossians (2:1; 4:13-16). He prayed for the church in Laodicea though he never had the opportunity to visit them.
Laodicea was on one of the main commercial routes. It was a wealthy city in John’s Day. It had a banking center. It was known for its special soft, glossy black wool garments and carpets which were shipped all over the world. It was also famous for its medical center which produced eye salve that was shipped all over the world. Most cities are built around a water source. What was very odd was it had no water supply. Water was piped in through aqueducts from a hot mineral spring in Hierapolis about six miles away. Due to the long distance the water traveled; it was lukewarm when it arrived in Laodicea. It was great for bathing but not for drinking.
As we study the church of Laodicea we will discover why their Christianity is lukewarm and what they needed to do. Laodicea also represents the church today.
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