This is a series of posts on the letters of Jesus to the seven churches in Revelation 2&3. This is my third post on the church of Sardis. To see all my previous posts on these two chapters, please look down at the end for a full list.
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Revelation 3:4 “Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes.”
In every church there will be a wide-range of people, some who will be unfaithful and pretentious and others who will remain faithful and true.
Whilst the majority of the church in Sardis are described as being drowsy and compromised, nevertheless there was a remnant who were vigilant and alert.
Scripture describes the tragic falling away from the faith of many people in the end-times.
Matthew 24:10 ‘At that time, many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.’
But yet here in Sardis we have a remnant who have not soiled their white robes of righteousness in the dirt of the earth.
Revelation 3:4a ‘They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.”
This is the most wonderful of incentives: that we should value above all else, the righteousness we have been given in Christ Jesus, so that we may walk in the garden beside our dear Lord, knowing that he considers us to be worthy.
This is worth everything.
Revelation 3:5 ‘“He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white.”
Another timely reminder of the need to overcome and endure with perseverance until the Lord returns. We may have the most wonderful ministry and testimony but it will amount to little if we do not faithfully follow our Lord through the darkness that is coming to this earth.
Revelation 3:5a “I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father.”
This says it all. To have our name inscribed in the book of life will lead to eternal life in the presence of our heavenly Father. This is the beautiful path.
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