Church in Laodicea, Revelation 3:14–22

Ed Sharrow
8 min readSep 26, 2022

Christ Jesus notes that even those who have arrived at the door to God and pass through may still be unable to stay in His presence. The followers who are not sufficiently prepared for permanent reunification with God will be “spit out” to purify themselves through material experiences.

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At last the faithful and disciplined disciple has arrived at the Cerebellum or Crown Center of conscious energy. In Sanskrit this is the Sahasrara Chakra. Yogis also call this the thousand-petaled lotus which opens to Divine guidance and expression.


“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

Generally “Amen” may be translated as “agreed”. When disciples say “Amen” they suggest willing submission to what has been said or proposed. However, here Christ is referring to “the Amen” as the Word of God. In this superlative sense, God’s Word is in agreement with itself. God’s law has no inherent conflicts. It simply is what it is.

If one compares the Gospel of John to a college-level introduction to the esoteric understanding and experience of discipleship, then Revelation may be compared a post-graduate level text. In other words, Revelation not only builds upon concepts and words stated throughout the Bible, but it specifically builds upon the concepts John has previously introduced in slightly different, stepped-down phraseology.

There must be a transition from the exoteric intellectual understanding to an esoteric spiritual experience of wisdom. Perceiving the Amen, not just as a statement of agreement but also as an experience of “the Amen” the Word of God must be achieved. Paul alludes to this problem in the following verses taken from his explanation of the value (or lack of value) in speaking in tongues.

What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. — 1 Corinthians 14:15–17

Ed Sharrow

Author, philosopher, Christian meditation instructor. Secular thoughts on weekdays.