Church Of Sardis Part 2
Sardis church - Clothed in white
Revelation 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. 4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. 6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Thinking it was going to be a normal day in church with the usual pattern and sermon the pastor reads a letter written by the last living apostle ,John, given to him through divine inspiration. This letter was anything but normal and it cut straight to the point. Our church of high regard and good reputation with man was unacceptable in the eyes of God. We were dead and most of us had clothing that was soiled. This was hard to understand, didn't Jesus see our beautiful building, all our works, and thriving congregation.
Imagine you're hearing this letter from the pulpit of your church. Would you hear and ignore? Would you hear, leave the church and forget? Would you take Jesus at His word and follow His command of repentance?
This letter is as alive today as it was then. Jesus is still talking to those in dead churches, which appear by all outside evidence to be alive.
The point of this letter is, there are two kinds of people going to church.
There are those with
and those dressed in
Christianity is defined by Jesus the Christ, not by man.
Jesus once again tells a church, I see what you want your outside works to portray but I see the motives and trueness of your heart.
What does all this mean?
Soiled clothes -- > word soiled literally means - besmear with mud, used of sin smearing a person with its spiritual filth. (Bible Hub)
Jesus drew us a picture
In Matthew 23 Jesus speaks to
"self-righteous scribes and Pharisees."
What He says applies to all who have faith in their own goodness and self-righteousness. Those who believe they are good enough to be saved, and those who compare themselves to "bad people", so they look good.
Jesus tells them
"You clean the outside of the cup and plate, but inside they are full of self-indulgence."
Jesus goes on to call them
"whitewashed tombs which look beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. Outwardly you seem to be just and upright to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."
Jesus was talking to men who were highly educated and respected by man but not Jesus. These verses, just like in the letter to Sardis, compare the outside to the inside. Jesus sees the works and reputation of all but Jesus does not judge by those things. Jesus judges by a persons heart.
Those with outside cleanness but inward sin are wearing
of spiritual filthiness. They will never see the judgment of Christ coming. But God does not warn of judgment without following it with grace, mercy, and direction to avoid judgment.
What is the way to escape judgment?
Repentance -- > Revelation 3:3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
Those clothed in white
Revelation 3:4 “Yet even there in Sardis some haven’t soiled their garments with the world’s filth; they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 Everyone who conquers will be clothed in white, and I will not erase his name from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that he is mine.
moral courage, and
Those who have not soiled their spiritual clothes walk with Christ in His righteousness. Christ has made them worthy and they walk with Him.
Jesus tells in this letter it is not those professing to be a Christian that go to heaven. It is those who remain true to the true Gospel, their will submitted to God and live the godly life God accepts that will never have their name blotted out of the Book of Life. Jesus Himself will "confess and openly acknowledge your name before His Father and His angels, you are His. This is why Jesus said, "I am the Truth, the Life, and the Way. No one comes before My Father except through Me."
Salvation can not be earned or worked for because it is only true salvation through
Jesus Christ that changes your heart, mind, and will from the world to God.
I hope you hear what the Holy Spirit says because heaven and hell weigh in the balance. As the world, culture, and society line up with the "last days" and runs toward "the tribulation." Are you sure you are righteous before God and worthy to be clothed in white.
Biblegateway.com (we use Bible verses from this site)
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