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*Nothing:* no one, none, nothing.  The implication is that the Laodicean believes he doesn't need anyone because he feels secure in his wealth, be it a false sense of spiritual superiority or actual physical wealth, or a combination of the both.

*Wretched:* full of carnality and the law of sin

Rom 7:23-24

*Miserable:* pitiable, to be pitied

1 Co 15:18

This would be so because if we are in this state of mind we would actually be worshipping Christ in vain because we wouldn't be really living God's way of life

Matt 7:21-23

*Poor:* spiritually poor - meaning to be consumed with the cares of this life and worried about the self, lacking the fruits of God's Holy Spirit.  This is not the same as poor in spirit

Matt 5:3

which means to be of a humble attitude. 

*Blind:* this word blind is the same word used in the second epistle of Peter where he uses the word to describe those who lack a list of spiritual character traits.  Faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.

2 Peter 1:9 

The indication is that Laodiceans lack these spiritual character traits.  This blindness would then lead to us walking in darkness

1 John 2:9-1

*Naked:* devoid of righteousness, i.e. devoid of obeying God's law and the love which fulfills it.

Rev 19:8; Rom 13:10

[Note: The Laodiceans could go to the market and purchase fine woolen garments, but that would not meet their real need. They needed the white garments of God’s righteousness and grace. According to

Revelation 19:8

we should be clothed in “fine linen, clean and white,” and this symbolizes “the righteous acts of the saints” (NASB). Salvation means that Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us, put to our account; but sanctification means that His righteousness is imparted to us, made a part of our character and conduct. - -

Wiersbe, W. W. (1996, c1989). /The Bible exposition commentary/. "An exposition of the New Testament comprising the entire 'BE' series"--Jkt. (Re 3:14). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.]

In summary, a Laodicean is by Biblical definition: one who goes through the motions, but lacks real spiritual substance (i.e. being surrendered to Jesus living in them) in their life.  This may also include those who get mad and decide to worship God on their own terms, rather than forgiving offenders, submitting to authority in the Church, and generally humbling themselves before God.

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