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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “he that hath the seven Spirits of God” (1)

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 3:1 KJV

“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.”

 

 

 

In this text, our Lord is described as having “the seven Spirits of God”.  The last time I looked in the Bible there was only one Holy Spirit.  So what in the world could “the seven Spirits of God” be talking about?

We find the answer to our question in Isaiah 11:2…

“And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;”

Here, we find listed the seven-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people.  It is in that sense that there are seven Spirits of God working in our midst.

Everything that the Holy Spirit does for the people of God can be categorized in one, or a combination, of these seven:

  1. The Spirit Of The Lord
  2. The Spirit of wisdom
  3. The Spirit of understanding
  4. The Spirit of counsel
  5. The Spirit of might
  6. The Spirit of knowledge
  7. The Spirit of fear of the Lord

Here, we find listed the seven-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people.  It is in that sense that there are seven Spirits of God working in our midst.

Please note the four natural divisions of these workings of the Spirit… ““And the spirit of the LORD”, “the spirit of wisdom and understanding”, “ the spirit of counsel and might”,” the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;”

 


In this, and the next three devotionals, I would like us to take a quick look at these four divisions of the seven Holy Spirit ministries to help encourage our hearts by reminding us of the many daily blessings we receive through the ministry of the Spirit.

For this morning I would like us to simply look at the first division which contains only one title of the Spirit… “The Spirit of the Lord”, or “the Spirit of the One who is our Master, Ruler, and King”.

It is the Holy Spirit that brings God’s people to recognize that Jesus is their Lord.

 

This title reminds us that the Holy Spirit is the One that brings upon the people of God a spirit of repentance and submission to the will and ways of God.    It is the Holy Spirit that softens the sin-hardened heart and leads it into compliance with the will of God…

Psalms 143:10 KJV – “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”

 

 

Folks, before our salvation, how did we come to a knowledge of our sins and the need to turn from our sins to the Lord?  It was through the ministry of “The Spirit of the Lord”.

How did we recognize Christ as the Lord of our life and the One to whom we are to serve?   The Spirit of the Lord showed us these things.

After our salvation, as we read God’s word and become convicted over the sin that still dwells within us, how did this take place?  It is through the ministry of the Spirit of the Lord”.

As we live our life and recognize the proper decision that we are to make, how do we come to these decisions?  It is by the intervention of “the Spirit of the Lord” guiding us and leading us to do His will.

As we enter our day, let us all be thankful for the Spirit’s leadership in our lives, as He brings us into a greater submission to the will of God, the Lord of our life!

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Does Christ Light Your Way In This Sin Darkened World?

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 2:28 KJV –  And I will give him the morning star.

 

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Revelation 3:1-6 “Christ’s Letter To The Church At Sardis”

SIH TOTT ICONTHE TEXT:

 

The Letter To Sardis…

 

 

Rev 3:1-6 KJV

(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.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

From our previous lesson, we saw a very basic summary of the contents of these letters include:

 

Church Location Name Meaning Areas of Faithfulness Areas of Unfaithfulness Possible Punishment Reward To Overcomers (proof of genuine salvation)
Ephesus Desired or Allowed Many areas of faithful outward service.  Hate doctrine of Nicolaitanes. Left first love (Christ)Service not motivated by love for Christ. Removal of candlestick (church no longer enjoying fellowship w God) Eat of Tree of Life in Paradise
Smyrna Myrrh Spiritually rich N/A N/A Not hurt by second death
Pergamos Fortified Tower Faithfulness in face of persecution Allowing doctrine of Balaam and Nicolaitans(physical and spiritual fornication) Will war against those who hold false teaching Be given hidden manna and white stone with new name
Thyatira Sacrifice, Offering, Corpse Works of love, service, faith, patience False Prophetess in midst. (sexual immorality and idol worship) Sickness, tribulation and death upon her and her followers. Be given power over the nations
Sardis Depart, Escape, Exit A few faithful areas of service remain. A few faithful members remain. Testimony that they are spiritually alive but really dead.  Their works not “perfect” before God. Will come upon them as a thief (implied removing anything of value leaving spiritually destitute) White garments.  Name not blotted out of book, confess his name before the Father
Philadelphia Love Of The Brethren Kept Word not denied name of Christ. Persevered in trials N/A N/A Permanent pillar in temple of God.  Name of God and New Jerusalem upon them. New name given to them
Laodicea Judgment Of The People N/A Lukewarm service.  Blinded to their spiritual destitution. Spew out of Lord’s mouth. Rebuking and chastening from Lord. Sit with Christ in throne.

 

Beginning in chapter 2 through chapter 3, John writes personalized messages to the 7 churches.  Each message contains four basic parts:

  1. Description of Christ
  2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences
  3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences
  4. Promise to Overcomers

 

The first of these personalized messages is written to the church at Sardis.

  1. Description of Christ (v 1)
  2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences (v 2,4)
  3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences (v 2-4)
  4. Promise to Overcomers (v 5-6)

 

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 3: – 

 

(1)  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write;

Christ reveals to John His message that was addressed to the pastor (angel) of the church at Sardis.  Sardis was the capital city of the Lydian empire.  Sardis was known for the gold and silver coinage they printed.  Both the gold and silver coinage was the most pure of all coinage found at that time.  Because of this Sardis became a very wealthy and influential city.

Sardis was the home of one of the largest temples dedicated to Artemis (Diana).  It was also the home of one of the largest Jewish synagogues found in a Gentile nation.  Both of these religious structures help us to understand the great wealth and power of this city.

 

These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars;

The symbolism of this description of Christ shows to us His role as the Revealer of divine truth.  Notice the two parts to this description:

  1. He that hath seven Spirits of God – In 1:4, the seven Spirits, based upon Isa 11:2, symbolizes the fullness of the HS ministries, many of which involves revealing Christ and the truths of His Word to mankind. It is only through the intervention of the Holy Spirit in the life of an individual that Christ and His Word can be understood, accepted as truth, and applied to the life.
  2. He that hath seven stars – In 1:16, the seven stars, represented the pastors of each of the seven local churches which are given the solemn responsibility of declaring truths of Christ, found in His Word, to the local churches.

If we look at both of these together, keeping in mind they are held by Christ, we can see that Christ is the One who holds authority over, and uses, both the Holy Spirit and the Pastors of local assemblies to reveal His truths to mankind. This is an important feature of the work of Christ for the church at Sardis to understand.

 

I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Christ begins to list that which He knew about the assembly at Sardis:

  1. thy works – their acts of service
  2. thou hast a name that thou livest – their possessed a testimony that they were spiritually alive and actively serving their Lord. However, their real condition…
  3. thou art dead – the were spiritually dead. Although they were outwardly going through the motions of worship and service, inwardly they were spiritually separated from God due to their sins… in that sense, they were spiritually dead as an assembly although they had individual members who possessed spiritual life.

 

(2)  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: Although the church as a body was spiritually dead, their communion with the Lord hindered due to their sin, there were still some areas of faithfulness that remained among them.  The Lord encourages the church to:

  1. be watchful – they are to “wake up” and recognize their condition and the need to be on guard against sin
  2. strengthen the things that remain, that are ready to die. – they are to build up the remaining areas of faithfulness, because these were also ready to expire.

 

for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Why are they to do these things?

The Lord recognized their failings and their need to put things in order to renew a right relationship with the Him.

 

(3)  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.

The church was instructed to:

  1. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, – they were to recall the teachings, warnings, and encouragements they had heard and brought to themselves.
  2. hold fast – They were to hold them tightly and not allow them to slip away
  3. repent. – to reconsider what they have done, turn from their old ways and begin anew to serve the Lord.

 

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.

If they did not heed the warnings of the Lord, He would come upon them as a thief.  In other words, He would come upon them unexpectedly with the intent of harming not blessing them.  He would come upon them and judge them for their laxness and unfaithfulness. This is not speaking of His second coming, but of His “coming” (intervening) in the affairs of the church dealing with their sins.

 

(4)  Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; 

There yet remained in the church a few members who have remained faithful to the Lord and retained a pure testimony in the eyes of those around them.  By saying that they “have not defiled their garments”, the Lord is explaining that they are living holy lives that are free from the pollution of sin.  This results in them possessing a pure public testimony.

 

and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

The reward of their faithfulness and pure testimony in this world, would be possession of a white robes of righteousness in the world to come.  In other words, their temporal faithfulness would follow them into their eternal existence.  They would possess rewards in eternity for their faithfulness now.

1Co 3:12-15 KJV – “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” 

“for they are worthy” – in other words, it is only fitting and proper for those who are faithful now to be rewarded and shown to be faithful in the world to come.  They are not deserving from personal merit, but they are deserving because of the Lord’s fairness, justice, and His work on the cross.  This is what makes them “worthy” of their future rewards (2 Cor 3:5).

 

(5)  He that overcometh, 

The Lord now gives promises to those who will be victors over the powers of darkness that oppose their service to Christ.

 

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.

He gives them promises of three blessings awaiting them…

  1. the same shall be clothed in white raiment; – they will be clothed in the righteousness that is given to them through the work of Christ on the cross. Truly, we have no righteousness of our own, but can only be possessed through the grace of God as He applies the work of Christ to our account…

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1Co 1:30-31 KJV)

  1. and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, – Those who overcome proves they have been genuinely saved. Anyone who is genuinely saved will never lose their salvation, they are eternally secure in Christ. He constantly is interceding on behalf of His people guaranteeing their acceptance by the Father and their entrance into eternity in His presence. (Hebs 7:25, Roms 8:34, 1 John 2:1).

Please note He does not say He blots anyone’s name out of the book of life.  He is only affirming here that He does not blot out the names of those who are victors over this world.

  1. but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. – He will guarantee our entrance into God’s presence eternally as He publicly professes we are one of His people, redeemed through His work, our sins covered by His shed blood (Jude 1:24-25).

 

 (6)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Once again, Christ emphasizes He is only speaking to those who are saved by God’s grace, those who are given the ability to receive, understand and apply the truths of God to their lives.

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, we see Christ revealed as the Perfect Revealer of the Truths of God.  It is under His authority that the Holy Spirit intervenes in the lives of men, opening their eyes to the truths of God.  He also calls and authorizes the Pastors of His local assemblies to teach His Word helping those in the assembly to come to a better understanding of God’s Word.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Do we see the need to spend time in God’s Word, receiving it in our hearts, coming to a fuller understanding of it, and applying to our lives?

Do we see the need to examine the teachings we receive, making sure that they are Bible based?  Do we then forsake those who teach error, while actively following and appreciating those who proclaim His Word bringing honor to Christ?

Folks, this is the great lesson of this text and one of the greatest needs of the Lord’s people in today’s time.  May we all never forget the need to stand for the truth, and forsake error as we seek to live our lives for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I will give him the morning star”

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Revelation 2:28 KJV

” And I will give him the morning star.”

 

The lost world is currently buried in the darkness of sin.  Ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, sin has touched every aspect of our physical life on earth…

Psalms 82:5 KJV  “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.”

 

Christ, in our text, describes Himself as “the morning star”.    In other words, He is like the dawn sun that arises and gives light to the world. ..

Luke 1:78-79 KJV – “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,  To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

 

He is like the sun that arises in our hearts (at our salvation) and, someday, will arise in this world and chase away sin and the powers of darkness (at His second coming)…

2 Peter 1:19 KJV – “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”

 

Folks, when we see the sun that arises in the morning may it remind us of the true Light of the World, our Lord Jesus.  It is this same Jesus that enlightens our heart, leading and guiding us in the midst of this sinfully dark world…

2 Samuel 22:29 KJV – “For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.”

 

But also, when we see the morning sun, let it remind us of the closeness of His second coming.   Folks, the day is at hand, may we all see the urgency of service to Him while we yet have opportunity..

Romans 13:12 KJV – “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”

 

And may we be encouraged knowing that soon we will be home with Him for an eternity…

Revelation 22:1-5 KJV – And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.   In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:  And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads.
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

May we all keep the Word close to our hearts and minds this day and everyday.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Do We Hold Fast The Truths Of His Word Or Are They Slipping Through Our Fingers??

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 2:25 KJV –  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “that which ye have already hold fast till I come”

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Revelation 2:25 KJV

(25)  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

 

 

 

What a blessing it is to come to a knowledge, understanding, and application of God’s Word to our lives!  How sad it is when we allow those same truths to then slip out of our lives.  The writer of Hebrews, possibly Paul, addresses this very issue…

Hebrews 2:1 KJV – “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”

Here, we have explained to us the importance of diligently pointing our mind (“give more earnest heed”) towards God’s Word which keeps the Word from moving or departing from us (“slip”).   To put this in today’s terms, “We should be careful to keep our mind on the Word so that it will not slip away from us.”

Folks, how often do we open God’s Word to learn and remind ourselves of its contents?  How often do we think of God’s Word during the course of our day?  How often do we, on purpose, consider God’s Word in our decision making processes?  How often do we share the Word with others as the Lord opens the opportunity?  When we do these things, we are assured that the Word will not slip away from us.

May we all keep the Word close to our hearts and minds this day and everyday.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Are Our Works For Christ On The Increase Or Decrease?

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 2:19 KJV

(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.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…the last to be more than the first”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 2:19 KJV

(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.

 

 

 

One of the commendations the Lord gives to the Thyatira assembly is that their service their acts of service has grown over time.  Their works, charity, service, faith, patience and the effort they have expended had all increased (“the last to be more than the first”).

What a wonderful thought… as an assembly or as individual Christians, to know that, since we made our commitment to serve our Lord, our service has grown in quality and amount.   This should be one of the great goals of our lives… to shine more brightly for Him as we live our lives on earth…

Proverbs 4:18 KJV -  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.   

 

So how do we do this?  How do we increase in our life of service to our Lord?  The Apostle Peter has much to say on the subject…

1 Peter 2:1-3 KJV  – Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:   If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

 

In this text Peter points to 3 fundamentals to spiritual growth…

  1. we must be saved by His grace…“If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
  1. we must turn from our known sin… “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,”
  1. we must feed on His Word…“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”

It is this same Word that is used by God to bring about the spiritual cleansing and growth of His local assemblies…

Ephesians 5:25-27 KJV  – Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

 

May we all see the need to live daily in the Word of God, realizing that it is through His Word that we will grow in grace and knowledge and increase in our service to Christ…

2 Peter 3:16-18 KJV – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.   Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.   But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3NL

Our Lord: The Perfect Judge Of All Men…

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:18 KJV

(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;

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “His feet are like fine brass”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:18 KJV

(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;

Christ is symbolically described as having feet “like unto fine brass”.  This helps us to understand that the Lord rules (places enemies under His feet) and judges (brass) His enemies in a just, perfect way (fine brass).

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How thankful we should be that our Lord’s ruling hand of judgment is perfect.  He NEVER judges His enemies too harshly, nor does He meet out a judgment that is based upon “favorites” or “emotions”.  No, He judges His enemies justly, giving to them exactly what they deserve…

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Romans 2:5-12 KJV – “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 

To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

For there is no respect of persons with God.  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;”

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If you have never trusted in Christ as your Lord and Savior, this should be your first priority in life.  As you can see, apart from Christ and His work applied to your account, there is no escaping the punishment for the sin you have committed.  If you are sorry for disobeying the Lord, by simply turning from those sins and turning to Christ as your Savior, being willing to follow Him as Lord of your life, you will be delivered from the awaiting judgment for your sins.

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For those who have experienced God’s saving grace, we need to take this to another level.   Although He never judges too harshly, many times He withholds deserved judgment through His great mercy and love for His people.   How can a just God do this?  How can He pardon and withhold judgment from those who are guilt of sin?  The key to understand this truth is found in the work of Christ…

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2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

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Christ, the One “who knew no sin”, “became sin for us” so “that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”.  In other words, Christ took upon Himself our sin and the punishment we deserved, so that we might receive God’s pardon for our sin and looked upon as innocent of sin.

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Folks, as we go through our day, if we have been saved by God’s grace, we can know that we stand before God as innocent, the blood of Christ has covered our sins.  What a wonderful thought.  No matter what our day may hold for us, we are loved by God and declared innocent through the work of Christ, nothing can change this!    His love transcends anything we may face on earth (Rom 8:35-39).  His forgiveness applies to all of our sins.  They are forgotten, hidden, and forever washed away (Isa 38:17, Micah 7:19, 1 John 1:7).

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No matter what we may face in this life, let us remember how good He is to us!

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May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3NL

Do We Tremble Or Have Great Joy Knowing God Knows All About Us?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:18 KJV

(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;

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “His eyes like unto a flame of fire”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:18 KJV

(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;

 

Our Lord knows all things.  Period.  End of sentence.

 

This basic principle is clearly shown to us in this letter to the church at Thyatira with the statement, “His eyes like unto a flame of fire”.   Nothing is darkened to His sight, nothing can hide in the darkness of the blackest of nights.  Our Lord’s eyes are like a flame of fire that “shines the light upon” all things revealing their true nature.   He has knowledge of all things.  There is no greater source of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Our Lord knows all things.  He knows our spiritual condition.  He knows our strengths and our weaknesses.  He knows our acts of service and our acts of sins.  He knows the motives that lie behind every outward action.  He knows our fears.  He knows our sufferings.  He knows our sorrows.  He knows our hurt feelings.  He knows our joys.  He knows the sources of our pride.  He knows our humility.   He knows what awaits us and what our history holds.  He knows the events of our childhood and their lasting effects on us.  He knows why we did what we did.  He knows us better than ourselves.

Our Lord knows all things.   He knows how to comfort us in our time of grief. He knows how to deliver us from every evil that may come upon us, He knows how to teach us His truths.  He knows how to “grow us” into strong Christians.  He knows how to give us the words to speak.  He knows how to lay burdens of service upon our hearts.  He knows how to love us when we are so unloveable. He knows how to forgive us when we do things that are unforgiveable.  He knows how to save us from our sins.  He knows how to prepare us for the troublesome times that are ahead.  He knows how to keep us eternally safe and secure.

Our Lord knows all things.

Psalms 139:1-6 KJV
(1)  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
(2)  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
(3)  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
(4)  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
(5)  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
(6)  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Our Lord knows all things.  Let us be sorrowful, mourn, and repent this day.  To the lost individual… His knowledge of all is a plague that constantly should weigh on your hearts.    He knows your sins, He knows the selfish motives of your mind, He knows your sin darkened heart.  He knows, and someday you will stand before Him covered in filthy robes of sin and rebellion.

Our Lord knows all things.  Let us be glad and rejoice this day.  To those who have been saved by His grace… His knowledge of all is a constant source of strength and peace in the midst of tribulation and distress.  He knows the pardon we have received.  He knows our struggles in His name.  He knows our acts of service.  He knows, and someday we will stand before Him covered in robes of Christ’s righteousness and purity.

 

For those of us who are saved… let us rejoice today… the Lord knows all things!  For those of us who have never been saved… let us turn from our sin to Christ, trusting in Him as our Lord and Savior… the Lord knows all things.

 May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Have You Received God’s “White Stone” of Aquittal?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:17 KJV – 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.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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Revelation 2:18-29:“Christ’s Letter To The Church At Thyatira”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 

The Letter To Thyatira…

Rev 2:18-29 KJV

(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.
(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.
(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.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

From our previous lesson, we saw a very basic summary of the contents of these letters include:

Church Location Name Meaning Areas of Faithfulness Areas of Unfaithfulness Possible Punishment Reward To Overcomers (proof of genuine salvation)
Ephesus Desired or Allowed Many areas of faithful outward service.  Hate doctrine of Nicolaitanes. Left first love (Christ)Service not motivated by love for Christ. Removal of candlestick (church no longer enjoying fellowship w God) Eat of Tree of Life in Paradise
Smyrna Myrrh Spiritually rich N/A N/A Not hurt by second death
Pergamos Fortified Tower Faithfulness in face of persecution Allowing doctrine of Balaam andNicolaitans(physical and spiritual fornication) Will war against those who hold false teaching Be given hidden manna and white stone with new name
Thyatira Sacrifice, Offering, Corpse Works of love, service, faith, patience False Prophetess in midst. (sexual immorality and idol worship) Sickness, tribulation and death upon her and her followers. Be given power over the nations
Sardis Depart, Escape, Exit A few faithful areas of service remain. A few faithful members remain. Testimony that they are spiritually alive but really dead.  Their works not “perfect” before God. Will come upon them as a thief (implied removing anything of value leaving spiritually destitute) White garments.  Name not blotted out of book, confess his name before the Father
Philadelphia Love Of The Brethren Kept Word not denied name of Christ. Persevered in trials N/A N/A Permanent pillar in temple of God.  Name of God and New Jerusalem upon them. New name given to them
Laodicea Judgment Of The People N/A Lukewarm service.  Blinded to their spiritual destitution. Spew out of Lord’s mouth. Rebuking and chastening from Lord. Sit with Christ in throne.

Beginning in chapter 2 through chapter 3, John writes personalized messages to the 7 churches.  Each message contains four basic parts:

  1. Description of Christ
  2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences
  3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences
  4. Promise to Overcomers

The first of these personalized messages is written to the church at Pergamos.
1. Description of Christ (v 18)
2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences (v 19)
3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences (v 23-25)
4. Promise to Overcomers (v 26-29)

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 2: – 

(18)  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; 

The Lord, through the Apostle John, now addresses the church that was located in Thyatria.  Thyatira was a center for the manufacture of many goods.  Some of the goods manufactured here included wool and linen clothing, dyes, pottery, bronze and leather goods, and baked foods. Because of all this manufacturing activity there was great opportunity for its citizens become financially wealthy and self-reliant.  Due to all of this Thyatira became known as a prosperous city that attracted many individuals in search of the riches of this world.

 

These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

In this description of Christ, we can see a main focus on:

  1. the Son of God – As the Son of God, He possessed great authority to judge others.
  2. His eyes like unto a flame of fire – Christ’s knowledge of all things (omniscience).
  3. his feet like brass – the perfect judgment He executes based upon His comprehensive knowledge.

What a blessing it is for each of us to understand these truths about Christ.  We should never allow concerns about His “fairness” or His “severity in judgment” to concern us.

Christ will, always, treat every human being fairly and justly.  He will always either withhold judgment that is deserved (His mercy and grace based upon His work on the cross) or He will always give that which is deserved (His justice).  He will NEVER judge more harshly than deserved, He will NEVER meet out a punishment more severe than the infraction demands.

He truly judges with His “eyes illuminated” enabling Him to see all the relevant information needed to make a perfect decision on the judgment that is meted out as He tramples upon His enemies.

 

(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.

Just as in the other letters, Christ now encourages the church by speaking well of them for their service to Him:

  1. works – the effort they took to accomplish the tasks He had given to them.
  2. charity – their self-sacrificial love that motivated their service
  3. service – their effort to minister to others needs as an act of obedience to Christ
  4. faith – their reliance upon Him as they served
  5. patience – their willingness to bear up under the pressures of service, not caving in to the pressures
  6. works – their spiritual growth as they served in greater ways now than when they first began to serve.

 

(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.

Jesus now begins to explain the areas where they have failed in their service.  They were allowing “that woman Jezebel”, a false prophetess, to spread doctrinal error and lead God’s people into sinful acts.  This was due to either a spirit of compromise (knowing that she was a false teacher and allowed her to continue) or a spirit of gullibility (not understanding that she was teaching falsely but believed she was actually the prophetess of God).

There is much that can be said about the name “Jezebel”:

1.  Some believe that this was her literal name given to her by her parents.

2.  Others suggest that this woman was given this name by Christ to link her to the OT character Jezebel (1 Kings 18:-21:). 1Ki 21:25 reminds us of the work of this wicked woman… “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.”    

Just as the NT Jezebel was seducing others to commit idolatry and related sinful acts and turn from the Lord, so too, the OT woman was a horrible influence in the life of her husband, leading him into idolatry and opposition to Jehovah

3.  Others believe that Christ gave her this name to reveal something of her character, apart from the OT woman. There are MANY different ideas as to the meaning of her name. The best I understand, if it has Hebrew origins, it means “to be cast down” or “to be demoted”, or “to not be exalted”.  If this is so, it is teaching us of her end.  Although she claimed to be a prophetess of God, on judgment day she will not be honored by God but disowned, demoted and put to shame.

However, the most interesting view that I read was that there are scholars (cited by John Gill) who believe “Jezebel” comes from an Arabic word “Zebel” which meant dung. This would make perfect sense considering her teachings and works were simply “dung” in the eyes of the Lord and her end would be rejection by God much like a dunghill that laid outside a city.  (An interesting note…. The OT Jezebel’s end was as “dung” (2 Kings 9:37)

My personal belief is that all of these reasons for this woman’s name to be Jezebel could easily be true.  Our Lord, who is sovereign, controlled the name of this NT woman.  Perhaps, He allowed her parents to give her this name to link her to both the OT woman and the meaning of her name.

Her work caused men to fall into the sin of idolatry which included acts of fornication (acts of sexual or spiritual uncleanness) and eating idolatrous meat.

 

(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.

The Lord graciously gives time for Jezebel to turn from her wicked ways, but she refused.  Therefore the judgment of the Lord would fall upon her.

The Lord’s judgment would be based upon her wicked acts (symbolized by being judged in the same bed in which she committed the sins).  Their (her and those with her) only hope of escaping judgment was to repent of their sins.  She would be judged by placing her in the midst of overwhelming pressure and those who followed her false teachings and practices would be killed and face eternal death.

The Lord’s judgment would prove to the churches that He is the One that knew all things, even the thoughts and intents of the heart and that He would then “follow up” by dealing with each sin appropriately.

 

(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.
(25)  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

The Lord now addresses those who have remained faithful to Him by not following after the teachings of Jezebel.  He describes those who have followed the idolatrous teaching as knowing the “depths of Satan”.  Folks, the worship of other gods is the lowest possible act of blasphemy against the Lord.   For a person to place their allegiance upon other gods, serving them, worshipping them and sacrificing for them is the most horrible of events that find their origin in Satan.

Those who have remained faithful to the Lord in the face of this blasphemous teaching are called upon to not forsake the truths they possess but use all their strength to protect them.

 

(26)  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end,

The Lord now addresses those who will be victorious and faithful to the Lord until 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.

The Lord promises to bless the victorious ones by:

  1. power over the nations, 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. – they will receive authority to rule over the lost.  This authority will involve them judging the lost and taking part in their destruction at His second coming. (1 Corinthians 6:2-3, Rev 19:11-21).  This authority will be delegated to the Lord’s people by Christ, who originally was given this authority by the Father.  (Luke 22:29)
  1. And I will give him the morning star. The “morning star” is a title taken by Christ Himself, “I Jesus… am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. (Rev 22:16)  To give the faithful saints of Thyatira “the bright and morning star” is to say that the saints will be given Christ throughout eternity.

How will this take place?  In at least two ways:  they will enjoy His person being in His presence, they will enjoy learning more about Him as they are taught throughout eternity.  This is how He will give Himself to His chosen people to enjoy throughout eternity.

(29)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Once again, the Lord is stressing that this message was meant only for those who were truly saved members of the church. It was meant for those who had ears that were opened (by the gracious intervention of the Lord) to receive and understand the truths of His Word.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this passage of Scripture we see several truths about Christ presented.  He knows everything there is to know about  us.  Our outward actions and our inward desires and motives.  Based upon His Omniscience, He judges all mankind justly. When we consider Him as the All-knowing Just Judge over all mankind, it helps us to understand that He deserves to be given all of our worship, adoration, and service.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Folks, do we see our need to discern teachers of truth from teachers of error?  Do we see the need to expose and refrain ourselves from anyone who teaches error?  We all understand that our Lord is the Ultimate, Just, Judge that knows all things.  As such, we must make sure we are not partaking in the deeds of those who oppose Christ.  When we, knowingly, receive false teaching into our lives and follow its dictates, we are setting ourselves up to share in the judgment that awaits those who would lead us astray.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I give him a white stone,…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:17 KJV – 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.

As those who have trusted in Christ as our Savior, although we are guilty of many heinous sins against God, we are declared innocent of our sins.  This wonderful act of God’s mercy is symbolized by the receipt of the white stone, which was a public declaration of release from guilt or debt.  (For more on this white stone and its symbolism, please see the Bible study link at the bottom of this devotional.)

Throughout God’s Word, this acquittal (declaration of innocence) is described by the word “justification”.  Listen to what the Bible teaches us about the justification of God’s people…

Rom 4:24-25 KJV – “But for us also, to whom it ( righteousness) shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

 

Folks, stop and think about it… we are told in this verse that our justification is related to two events that took place in the life of Christ…

  1. “Who was delivered” – Christ was delivered into the hands of sinful mankind, He was falsely accused, abused, put to public shame, unjustly punished, experienced separated from the Father, shed His blood and died on the cross. He submitted to all of this, willingly, so that His people might be delivered from their sins (Isaiah 53:5-6).

 

  1. “Who… was raised again” – Following His death, three days later, Christ arose from the dead. This resurrection publically testified that His work was sufficient to secure the justification of His people.

How can we know with absolute certainty that we are justified (declared innocent of our sins)?  We can know this by the resurrection of Christ.  As we see Christ coming out of the tomb, we can know that His sacrifice had been accepted by God, He had satisfied the sin debt of His people, and had accomplished the work He had been given to do.  It is through His resurrection that we have the faith and hope in out eternal deliverance from sins at the hand of Almighty God (1 Peter 1:18-21).

 

As we begin our day for Christ, may we all have thankful hearts…  Christ willingly suffered and shed His blood so that we might be declared innocent from our sins.  And then, let us all be thankful that He arose from the dead, proving to us that He accomplished our justification through His great sacrifice on our behalf.

May we not allow anything to discourage us this day… we can know without doubt, if we have trusted in Him as our Savior, that in His resurrection we have proof that He has secured the deliverance from our sins.   We are forgiven, we are secure in His hands, we are headed for eternal glory in His presence, and NOTHING can separate us from His love…

Rom 8:35-39 KJV – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?    As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.   Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.   For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

How can we know these things?  He died on the cross and then arose from the dead.  He accomplished that which He set out to do.  He has saved us from our sins!

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3MO

Have We Partaken Of Christ, The Manna That Gives Eternal Life?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:17 KJV  -  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.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Ov

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I give to eat of the hidden manna“

SIH TOTT ICON

Rev 2:17 KJV

(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.

 

 

What is the “hidden manna” that is promised to those who are victorious over this world?   Christ clearly teaches us that He is that manna from heaven…

Joh 6:47-51 KJV – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 

Why does eating bread picture the salvation experience of the believer?

  1. When a person is saved they are appropriating Christ and His work to their very person.  When bread is eaten that is appropriating the nutrients found in the bread to the physical body of the one partaking of that bread.
  2. The saved individual becomes one with Christ, just as He becomes one with the saint. When an individual partakes of bread, the bread and the one eating the bread becomes one.
  3. When saved, Christ’s work is applied to the saved person making him into a new creature in Christ. When the individual partakes of the bread, the bread aids the process of physical change (growth and maturity).
  4. At salvation, Christ enters into the saint in the person of the indwelling Holy Spirit. When an individual eats bread, the bread enters into the body of the individual.

This is why the partaking of Christ and His work, through saving faith, is pictured as eating the manna which comes from heaven.

 

When Christ promises that overcomers will be given” to eat of the hidden manna”,  He is promising that true believers will partake of Christ on an enhanced level throughout eternity.  Once we receive our glorified bodies, we will experience Christ in a much more clear and intimate way.  Our knowledge of Him will become greater, our relationship to Him will be much closer, and we will forever live in His presence.

1Co 13:12 KJV –  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1Jn 3:2 KJV –  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 

What a blessing eternity will be for all of God’s people!  Just think about it.  We will be dwelling with our Savior and our Lord, enjoying an intimate relationship with Him.  May we all allow this promise to encourage our hearts to serve Him in greater ways as we enter our day, and the rest of our lives.

The wonderful promise given to the believing members of the church… For those who are victorious over the dark forces of the world, the Lord will give to them “hidden manna”.   This is speaking of the Lord giving to His people a type of nourishment that cannot be seen in this temporal world…. a more intimate relationship with Him.  In other words, in eternity the Lord will give to His people a much greater knowledge of Himself and a much greater communion with Himself (1 Cor 13:12).

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3MO

Do We Give Our Lives For Him?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:13 KJV   I 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.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3On

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you “

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:13 KJV   I 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.

 

Antipas, a faithful member of the church at Pergamos, was faithful to His Lord….even unto death.  What an awesome display of faithfulness and self-sacrificial love for our Lord and Savior.  What a great honor to give back to Him, in a very small, insignificant way, for the great sacrifice He made for us on the cross.  To be called upon to give our lives for the cause of Christ is truly a privilege.  However, the opportunity to give our physical lives for Christ may never be opened to us.

Is there any other way that we can sacrifice our lives to Him for all He has done for us?  Hebrews 13:13-16 gives us the answer to our question…

“Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

By continually praising Him with our lips, pleasing Him with our actions, and being charitable to those in need we can be living sacrifices for the Lord’s honor and glory.  Think about it, instead of giving our physical lives through the act of death, we can give our physical lives through words of praise, pleasing the Lord with our actions and meeting the needs of others around us.

 

This is what Paul is speaking of when he describes our need to be “living sacrifices” to the Lord…

Rom 12:1 KJV –  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Note that Paul tells us that offering our lives as a living sacrifice is simply our “reasonable service”.  Why is this?  It is because, when we consider the great sacrifice He made on our behalf … i.e. coming to this fallen world, giving up the exercise of His divine attributes, suffering great temptation, persecution and false accusations, being put to public shame, giving His life on the cross, being separated from His Father as He bore our sins etc… it is only logical and rational that we would be willing to give our lives for Him.

Whether through martyrdom, or acts of praise and service to Christ and others, may we all be ever willing to give of ourselves as the opportunity arises.  By doing this, we will be bringing honor and glory to the One who has given so much for us…

1Pe 1:18-21 KJV –  “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:   Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 
Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3MO

Do We Cling To His Name Or Just Brush It Off?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 2:13 KJV   I 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.

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Of

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