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Sardis: Professing Without Possessing (14 of 58)
Series: Revelation - From Now to Forever
The letter from Jesus
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.2 "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.3 "Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.4 "You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.5 "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but 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." '
Our text is Revelation 3:1-6 is a letter to a church that had degenerated from holiness to phoniness.
Look at verse 1, "you have a name....that you are alive...and you are dead!
Oh, the dreadful condition of being artificial! Dr. Lehman Strauss put it this way.
"When the Great Physician felt their pulse He pronounced them dead." Do we know the difference between appearance and reality? God does! In every generation He has had to pronounce against certain ones, "This people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me". Isaiah 29:13.
The warning of profession without possession by Jesus
Jesus spared no words to convey His utter contempt for religious charlatans with the false fruits of self righteousness. He gave the greatest warnings to those who only appeared to be. Perhaps the strongest warnings ever uttered came from our l ...
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