Sardis (Revelation 3) exposition in view of the state of the Church today
Y’shua provides continual feedback in hopes of compliance, repentance and salvation.
We need to keep the white garment issue in order and clean. If there is a stain we need to deal with it by repentance. We must not assume that the garment issue is unstainable. Many today are stained in their garment issues among the Church in all corners, and they are in jeopardy of elimination according to Moshiach.
He says, in a report card commentary to every follower
.“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.2 Wake up,and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.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.4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
’💡Wake up and strengthen what remains from the deadwood.What the Lord demands for people to become WOKE is to His messages, not to the conspiracy theories of the day. This is the Mystery Babylon at work, putting out a kopykat for believers to climb on board the MB band wagon.
💡Messiah has examined the works of the Sardis churchgoers (type) and He already says that He knows about their works. He further explains that as His works of redemption is perfect and complete, these Sardisian type is incomplete in their following and obeying His words. As they do not keep His words, they are no longer His friends.As such in today social media lingo, we can say that Y’shua is about to unfriend boatloads of former followers of Him.No one today will warn you about this Scripture and the conditions of what it takes to remain friends with the Messiah. People live in a fantasy religion at large.
💡Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it;Upon inspection, Messiah finds that many in Sardis are no longer keeping what they heard (His word in the beginning of their meetings). Also, the object that they received was the promise of eternal life. In John 1| 12, another quality that followers receive of Y’shua is the rights of inheritance of the Father’s wealth. Those who will not repent are not worthy of this promise of inheritance. It is after all a very small gesture on our part when compared to the inheritance of all creation. Adam was granted the rights of inheritance of the earth, every creature that flew in the air, those who walk on the terrain and those that swim in the sea. The followers of the Messiah, on the other hand by a magnanimous scale, get to inherit the rights of creation as the followers of the Messiah.
💡Repent.Except that they repent from their trajectory of going away from Him, they will lose their (received) promise of eternal life.
💡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.To the individuals Messiah addresses, if they are found in a state of betrayal at Him, without repentance (always a big one), He will come unexpectedly to them. His coming will not be “for them”, rather, and regrettably, it will be “against them”. That means at the moment of visitation of the Lord, these unrepentant former followers will go to judgment.The visitation of the Lord means normally at the moment of death or at His Appearance on the Day of Resurrection of the dead. It comes as a thief in the night when one is not preparing for that moment of visitation. It is safe to say on the day of His Appearing (Matthew 24| 31) if a follower is not gathered by Him, that person has already lost his salvation. They are the ones who will hear these words alive: Depart from Me!Matthew 721
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.Matthew 2541 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
💡4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.Messiah calls those who have kept their white garment issue clean and bright from their righteous deeds – they are worthy of their calling. They carried on their lives in a worthy manner while they pilgrim on earth after they placed their trust in Christ.
💡The only promise of exemption is given to those who may conquer these challenges that are common to all in the Sardis type of situation in the Church. The promise goes out to those who overcome to never have their names removed from the Book of Life. Messiah will also commend them by naming them before His Father on the throne.The idea of naming these people, who overcame the obstacles of deadness and to step up to repentance, before the angels is for agreement. If any angel saw any individual to be in pretense, then the witness of that angel will be against the favor of such an individual.