CHRIST'S WORDS TO A CHURCH
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles now, friends, will you turn
with me to the Book of Revelation. I don't know
anything that would be more practical or more
blessed than for God's people to study together the
messages of the Lord Jesus Christ to His Church.
We come now to chapter 3, to the angel of the church
in Sardis. Christ writes and speaks to this church,
and how important it is for us to know what He has
"And to the angel of the church of 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. Be thou
watchful and establish the things that remain which
were ready to die, for I have not found thy works
fulfilled before My God. Remember therefore how thou
hast received and didst hear and did keep it and re-
pent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come
as a thief and thou shalt not know what hour I will
come upon thee. BUT THOU HAST A FEW NAMES in Sardis
that did not defile their garments, and they shall
walk with Me in white, for they are worthy."
Over the years this passage has been one of the
warmest things to my soul, to challenge me to walk
with Christ: "Thou hast a few names in Sardis."
There are a few names down there in that wicked
world, a few names in the midst of a dead church, a
few people, and His eyes are upon them! He knows our
lives. He knows our walk. He knows the battle. He
knows our faithfulness and unfaithfulness. Jesus
says. "Thou hast a few names in Sardis that did not
defile their garments, and because you did not, you
shall walk with Me in white." Oh, to walk with
Jesus, in white, in the next world!
"For they are worthy." That word "worthy" is not
strictly a grace word. The word "worthy" has to do
with works, our lives after we are saved, our
conduct, our behavior, our thoughts, our entir ...
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