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Chapter 03 - Revelation Commentary

Chapter 03 - Revelation Commentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Chapter 3 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

Letters to the the churches at Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicia.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).
Chapter 3 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

Letters to the the churches at Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicia.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).

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Chapter 3
The Church at Sardis
 To the church at Sardis Christ comes as One who has the seven spirits oGod, and the seven stars. These seven spirits are not positively identified inthe Bible, however, Revelation 4:5 says that these spirits are
“seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God
”. Isaiah’sprophesy about the coming of Christ (Is. 11:2) says that,
“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and un-derstanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge andof the fear of the Lord” ( 
NIV)
.
 The Hebrew word interpreted here as “
Lord
”, is
Yahweh
, so we know that thisrefers to the “
Spirit 
” and “
fear 
” of God the Father. If we include the “
Spirit of the Lord” 
in our enumeration of spirits in this passage we arrive at a total of seven, which we know signifies completeness. Could these be the same spiritsreferred to in Revelation 1:4, 4:5, and 5:6? Of course, no one but God knowsthe answer to this question, but we do know that Isaiah prophesied that Jesuswould have these spirits, and in Revelation 3:1, Jesus identifies Himself as theone who has the seven Spirits of God. We also know that the “
seven stars
mentioned here refers to the angels representing the seven churches, so Jesusmust be dealing with a spiritual problem in the church at Sardis. As we readon we see that is so, the Sardis church had a reputation of being a church that
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was alive and on fire for the Lord, but when Jesus looked on their hearts He ob-serves that they and their works are dead. The Sardis church had refused tolet the blood of Jesus purge their conscience from dead works in accordancewith Hebrews 9:14, and the Holy Spirit had not renewed their minds (Ro. 12:2).It may be that these “dead” members of the church body at Sardis had not re-ceived the Holy Spirit and had only a head knowledge of Christ: did not haveHim in their hearts. We know that until the disciples were baptized in the HolySpirit they had no power to confront Satan. They could not represent Christwith boldness, and could not do the works He did on earth until after Pente-cost. James 2:19-20 says:
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils alsobelieve, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” 
Believing in God with your mind only is not enough. You must believe
intoChrist 
and have Him
in you
before your life can be changed so that you can dothe works of the Lord (John 14:20-21). I have heard that being in Christ is likebeing in a building: Satan must come through Christ (the building) before hecan attack those within (1 John 5:18). The old Adamic nature rules in our hearts until we join Jesus on the cross,are baptized into His death, and resurrected in Him. He then becomes part of our lives, quickens our human spirit, gives us a new heart, gives us His HolySpirit, and initiates His mind-reprogramming ministry (Ez. 36:25-27; Ro. 12:2). The sin nature we inherited from Adam is the part of us that begins to die
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when we believe into Christ, and give Him control (recognize Him as Lord of our lives). Unfortunately, the psyche, the part of our nature that influencesthought and behavior, remains in our lives, thus we continue to be susceptibleto
l
ust
of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life (1 Joh. 2:16). Theseare the three influences that we must conquer with the help of the Holy Spirit.When God renews (removes the hard places from) our heart He gives us theability to hear and consider His wisdom, and choose it over our old memories,lust and pride. We then have a direct connection to God through the Holy Spir-it, who constantly provides counsel, allowing us to make choices of good overevil. This is what the Bible refers to as renewing our minds, or sanctification(conforming us to the image of Christ). Of course, how much freedom we givethe Holy Spirit in conforming us to the likeness of Christ is up to us. We haveto be willing to lay down our own beliefs, ideas, and desires (basically our-selves), and listen to the Spirit within. We have to be willing to be brokenbread and poured out wine.How many contemporary churches could we describe with the words that Jesus had for this church? How many churches are representing Jesus Christby continuing the work He came to do on earth: preaching the gospel to thepoor, healing the broken-hearted, delivering the captives, restoring sight tothe blind, liberating them that are bruised, and proclaiming the acceptableyear of the Lord (Is. 61:1; Lu. 4:18-19)? How many churches are fulfilling thecommission that Jesus gave before He ascended to heaven: go and make disci-
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