Revelation 3:1-6 – Church in Sardis
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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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.