Romans 15:4

Learning Through The Scriptures

Romans 15:4

  • 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
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Romans 15:4

God has kept the Bible alive and well read for centuries. Why? He intended for all people to learn from his Word, finding comfort through the reading of events and experiences of others.

The Bible demonstrates how God’s people stood rooted and learned to praise him in all situations. With biblical understanding, we can also grow in his ways. As a result, we can learn to keep a smile on our faces and hope in our hearts, as we walk through all phases of life, with peace.

Picture of a bridge with a bright light shining at the far end.  Romans 14:4
Learning through the scriptures

My Prayer for Romans 15:4

Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank you Lord for leaving the Bible for us. It is full of information that teaches us lessons, through accounts of people’s lives and their stories. It tells of how we are or are not to handle all the different situations of our lives.

By reading the scriptures I can see examples of how some people grew through their choices and some didn’t. However, I can definitely see your hand at work in every situation of every generation written about.

You set attributes that we are to follow. Further more when Jesus walked the earth, he lived the way he wanted us to live. And, he taught by example.

Help me Father to continue studying the Bible and learning through the scriptures I read. May the Holy Spirit always guide me. I want to live as an extension of Jesus, that is showing love to all. Allow me to remain close to you in prayer.

Thank you for loving me as you do.

In the holy name of Jesus Christ. I pray. Amen

Attributes of God’s Love 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Revelation 3:1-6

Revelation 3:1-6 – Church in Sardis

Revelation 3:1-6

The Church that seem alive but had fallen asleep.

  • 1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
  • 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
  • 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
  • 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
  • 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
  • 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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Revelation 3:1-6 – Church in Sardis

Sardis was a wealthy city, but it was starting to decline.

  • The Church of Sardis was becoming a place of immorality and idolatry.
  • Jesus asks John to write a letter to the head leader (angel) of the Church.
  • Jesus is calling the leader an angel – he is not writing to an angel in heaven.

1 John write to the church of Sardis, that it is the Lord that is dictating the note.

  • Jesus, the one with the seven Spirits of God and the seven Stars is speaking.
  • John is only penning the note as directed.
  • Jesus describes himself: The number seven in the Bible describes completeness.
  • Jesus is saying that He is the fullness of God and the Church.
  • He tells them – you have a name that lives but you are dead.
  • See Revelation1:20 Revelation 1:8-20

2-3 I know your works – Jesus see’s all.

  • The Lord wants “works” that produce fruit, meaning they are not showing a good example of how a Christian should live.
  • We do not receive salvation from works however, God likes to see our works that bring salvation to others.

What Jesus has against them.

  • If you looked at the Church of Sardis, you would see signs of life and vitality, but they were dead (not all were living like a true Christian should).
  • In the church of Sardis, like the city of Sardis, everything seemed alive and good.
  • However, despite how they looked, their works haven’t been perfect before God.
  • They had lost their exuberance (life) in Jesus.

The first instruction from Jesus tells them to watchful and strengthened.

  • They need to examine and protect; strengthening what they have.
  • Obviously, it wasn’t too late to repent and change back to they way they were when they first accepted Jesus.

4 You have a few names.

  • Apparently only a few people in the Sardis Church, are still faithful to Jesus.
  • Jesus is happy with those few and finds them worthy for eternal life.

5 Rev.3:5 seems to imply that if we fall from grace our names will be erased from the book of life.

  • That is not the case!
  • He will “not blot it out” does not mean that he may blot it out.

Jesus is saying that he will not ever blot out the name of the righteous (a true Christian)!

  • God wrote the names in the book of life and those names will stay eternally.
  • God does not remove or add names to the book of life; ever!
  • If your name is already in the book, it will never be erased.
  • A true believer is righteous (good) and God knew that from the beginning of time.

God wrote names in the book of life even before time and creation existed.

  • Because God lives in eternity, he knew who would love him and those who would not.
  • God knew: the people who would be truly righteous.
  • And those who would accept salvation based on Jesus’ work on the cross.
  • God wrote the names of believers in the book of life, before he even created humans.
  • So, the Lord does not have to blot anyone’s name out.
  • Names of the unrighteous would not be in the book.
  • Names can never be added nor taken away from the Book of Life.

As an example:

  • The Lord once said to Moses “whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book”.
  • So, Moses asked God – if you can’t take away the people’s sins, then please blot my name from the book of life.
  • Moses was asking God to allow him to pay for the people’s sin.(Exodus 32:33) http://www.biblegateway.com
  • However, we now know that a person cannot pay a penalty for someone else’s sin.
  • Jesus is the only one who can take away people’s sins.
  • Those who sin against God will not have their names written in the book in the first place.

Jesus gives hope to those who repent and overcome sin.

  • The offer of salvation is open to everyone.
  • However, God has given us free-will and we can chose how we want to live life.
  • Our Heavenly Father knows who will accept that offering.
  • Your name may be written in the book of life and you have been holding back.
  • If you’re sitting on the fence, jump off and accept Jesus.
  • Even after the rapture, many will come to Jesus, but it will be very hard to do so.
  • Now, today is the day!
  • Jesus will stand up for the righteous on judgement day, because He says he will.
  • The Lord Jesus will go before God and his angels and confess the names of the righteous.
  • However, as each day passes the window of opportunity is closing.
  • Soon it may be too late.
  • Confess and repent now!
  • Allow Jesus to be your Saviour for life eternal.

6 An invitation is given to all who have ears.

  • Listen to what Jesus said to the Churches.
  • And follow.

Prayer for Salvation Who am I worshipping? JEREMIAH 10: 6-7

Revelation 2:18-19

Revelation 2:18-19- Church in Thyatira

Revelation 2:18-19 – The Church praised for their way of life

  • 18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
  • 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Revelation 2:20-24 – I have a few things against thee

  • 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
  • 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
  • 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
  • 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
  • 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

Revelation 2:25-29 You already hold fast

  • 25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
  • 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
  • 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
  • 28 And I will give him the morning star.
  • 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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Revelation 2:18-29

Revelation 2:18-19

The city of Thyatira was a business and trade center

  • The city of Thyatira was so small, there are no church records.
  • Some say that Thyatira didn’t even exist.
  • Others say perhaps it was not a Church but instead, a time 600AD-1500AD – The Dark Ages.
  • Regardless – Jesus had John write to this Church for a reason.
  • So, today, it is a message we must also read and have an ear to hear.

18 John is explaining to the Church of Thyatira that it is the Son of God (himself) that is dictating the note.

  • Jesus is dictating and John is only penning the note as directed.
  • Jesus describes his own divine nature:
  • Eyes – Jesus has penetrating eyes that see everything (even the hidden things).
  • Feet – brass – refined by fire, pure and strong.

19 The Church are praised for their works, love, service, faith, patience.

  • Jesus praises the church for their works two times in verse 19.
  • Even though they may have been small, (who or whatever they were) – Jesus knows what they have been doing.
  • Perhaps the first time “works” is mentioned, He was saying I have seen all the works (good and bad) you have been doing.
  • And then when using the word works a second time, he was speaking of the more commendable works they were now doing, as they were growing.

The last more than the first.

  • They had retained what they began with and then continued to grow in grace and in the love of Jesus and in their works.
  • Most Churches over time lose the fire they start with, but this Church had kept the fire and it had grown even more as time went on.
  • Apparently, to keep the fire going and continue to grow is a rare find in a Church!

20 Then they are told that Jesus has a few things against them.

  • They are told to repent for allowing Jezebel a “prophetess” into their Church.
  • Jesus tells them she is not even a prophetess, even though the Church has accepted her as one.

Jesus tells them the specific things she is doing, which is unacceptable to God, yet the Church is allowing.

  • Promoting sexual immorality.
  • Encouraging them to eat things sacrificed to idols.

21-22 Before Jesus tells the Christians in Thyatira what they must do; He first tells them what He will do.

  • Jesus tells the Christians in Thyatira that He gave Jezebel a chance to repent and she ignored him.
  • Because they have allowed this sin inside the Church, Jesus will make her and all those who follow her, sick.
  • Jesus will chastise this Jezebel and cast her into a sickbed, along with those who commit adultery with her.
  • Perhaps an affliction upon those who follow Jezebel will bring them to repent!

23 Jesus continued with how he will chastise the Jezebel.

  • I will kill Jezebel’s children with death!
  • He was speaking of the 2nd death.
  • “All men die, but all are not killed with death”.
  • This 2nd death means that Jezebel and all who follow her will be cast into the Lake of Fire at the end of times.
  • They will enter eternal death and no eternal life.
  • We all need to make sure we are not following a person like this Jezebel.
  • And if we are, repent!

24-26 Those who overcome until the end will be given power over the nations

The Christians in Thyatira who overcome until the end will be given power over the nations.

  • Power over the nations in order to dash them to pieces with a rule of a rod of iron.
  • They will also be given the “morning star.”
  • Jesus gives Christians the reward of being rulers along side of Him and are given the promise of eternal life with Him.
  • Rod of iron – In the millennial kingdom Jesus will rule and those against him will not be tolerated but killed.

27-29 Message is given to all Churches throughout history.

  • Notice this message is not just given to this one Church of Thyatira, but to churches, (plural) throughout history.
  • Everyone needs to read all the letters that were written to the churches.
  • Stay faithful, stand strong in Jesus until he comes again and raises us to life eternal.
  • We must take heed to the warnings.
  • Further more, open the ears of our heart and receive Jesus in His fullness.

Prayer – God Has Made It Possible

Revelation 2:12-17

Church in Pergamos

The Church of Pergamos was praised for their good works in city where Satan’s seat is located

Revelation 2:12-17

  • 12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
  • 13I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

The Church of Pergamos was admonished for having a false god

Revelation 2:14-17

  • 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
  • 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
  • 16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
  • 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

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Revelation 2:12-17
Revelation 2:12-17

Revelation 2:12-17

The city of Pergamos was the political capital of the Roman Province of Asia the less.

  • The City of Pergamos was well known for its culture and education.
  • Pergamos was also a pagan city.
  • In fact, they had idolatry temples to Greek and Roman gods.

12 John is now explaining to the church of Pergamos that it is the Lord that is dictating the note

  • John is only penning the note as Jesus directed.
  • Jesus had a 2-edged sword come out of his mouth in Revelation 1:16.
  • Furthermore, Jesus will confront this church with His word, and they will feel the sharp edges (sharpness of his words).

Jesus sees everything!

13 I know your works – Jesus sees everything!

  • Jesus praises them. Even though they are in the middle of a pagan city with idolatry surrounding them, they do not deny the name of Jesus.
  • Also, they have kept their faith.
  • Jesus, with his two-edged sword tells that I know where you live.
  • So, where is it that they live? They live in the place Satan has his throne. (Today it is modern day Bergama, Turkey)
  • Jesus knows they are true to him and that they don’t keep the fact hidden.
  • The faithful martyr Antipas set a good example for them by following and living a life like Jesus.
  • In fact, because of Antipas’ belief in Jesus, the people of Pergamos killed him.
  • But, God saw that the Church of Pergamos remained open, in spite of possible harm or death.
  • Furthermore, they also stood strong in faith.
  • Despite living in such a difficult city, the Christians of Paramos held fast to their faith in Jesus.
  • Once again, Jesus says your city where Satan lives.

God admonishes the Church of Pergamos

Some hold the teaching of Balaam and some the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

14 The church people were mostly godly. However, there were a few things that God reprimanded.

  • In fact, some held the doctrine of Balaam (a false god) eating things sacrificed to idols and having sexual immortality.
  • Because of this, God says they are to repent of the practices.
  • However, if they don’t repent Jesus will come quickly and chastise them with judgement.

15 God then tells the Church of Pergamos that he hates the works of the Nicolaitans.

  • See Revelation 2:6. You also hate what the Nicolaitans do.
  • Even though they hate what the Nicolaitans’ do, the Pergamos Church allow them to be members.
  • However, God tells them that He sees what they are do and says it must stop.

Turn away from evil

16 They must repent, or judgement will come against them.

  • Repent means to be truly sorry and turn away from evil.
  • Go a new direction.
  • That is to say, walk in right standing with the Lord.

The sword that Jesus use is symbolic

  • Although the sword is symbolic, it is mighty.
  • The 2 edged-sword that Jesus fights with is His Word.
  • There is nothing more powerful than the Word of God.
  • It cuts quickly and deeply in judgment – so Jesus’ word could be called the sword of judgement.

17 Jesus gives the same message to the Church in Pergamos as to the previous churches.

  • All who have an ear to hear – listen and obey!
  • Then, Jesus gives the promise of a reward.
  • That is, only if they overcome the evil in their church.
  • As a result, God will provide for them.

Manna and a white stone – a promise from God

  • The hidden manna to eat and a white stone with a secret name on it.
  • To be truthful, each one holds merit.
  • And so until we actually reach heaven, we can’t know for sure what they represent.
  • However, God gave us the scripture, so with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can understand, as a human.
  • As with all of my notes, you should also study on your own and chose what seems like the “truth” to you.

Hidden Manna

  • In this case, the hidden manna is Jesus.
  • That is to say, the people will eat the hidden manna. (We can ingest Jesus into our lives).
  • In other words, if the people are successful in overcoming obstacles in their church, they will receive Jesus.
  • As a result, the Lord promises to give himself to those that can conquer over evil.
  • We also know from scripture that Jesus is the ark, the oil, the rod, the testimony, and the manna.

White Stone

There are many suggestions as to what the white stone could be.

  • The white stone, with a new name written on it, is a blessing.
  • In fact, Jesus writes his name on the saints foreheads (Revelation 3:12, Revelation 14:1,20).
  • In this case, they are the people who are victorious over evil.
  • The white stone may be a brilliant light that Jesus gives to his people.
  • Because we know that Jesus is light himself, perhaps each believer will receive his personal name.
  • It could be written on the white stone.
  • However, we must feed daily on his words and, stay true to Him.

Jesus has not given up on the Church of Pergamos. He just wants them to change their ways.

Revelation 2:12-17

Do you want to know Jesus better? What is Salvation? Salvation by the Grace of God – Titus 2: 11-14