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“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.” Revelation 1:1. Things to remember as we study:.

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“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.”

Revelation 1:1


Things to remember as we study
Things to remember as we study: show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • Revelation is a book of signs and symbols. It is the Bible’s “picture book” in that the message is found in the visions.

  • Revelation was written to help Christians in the First Century who were suffering for their faith.


Sardis revelation 3 1 6
Sardis show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant Revelation 3:1-6


The city of sardis
The City of Sardis show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • 30 miles SE of Thyatira

  • five important roads converged in Sardis, making it one of the great trade centers of Asia Minor

  • first coins were minted in Sardis

  • nothing known about the establishment of the church


The church mirrored the city
The Church Mirrored the City show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • The city enjoyed a strategic location.

  • Gave the citizens an overconfident sense of security.

  • The church does not appear to be burdened with the enforcement of emperor worship.

  • Sardis was notorious for its pleasures and love for luxury.


Letters to the seven churches follow a pattern
Letters to the Seven Churches Follow a Pattern show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • Identification

  • Commendation

  • Complaint

  • Counsel

  • Promise


Identification
Identification show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars” (v. 1).

  • The seven Spirits are the Holy Spirit (1:4).

  • This figure represents the omniscience (all-knowing power) of Christ as well as His control over the churches.


Complaint
Complaint show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead” (v. 1).

  • They had a reputation for being a great and living church, but they were really dead.


Complaint1
Complaint show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “…for I have not found your works perfect before God” (v. 2).

  • perfect - “to complete, to carry through to the end.”

  • They had given up. They needed to finish what they had started.


Counsel
Counsel show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die” (v. 2).

  • Christians are to watch (Matt. 24:42-44; 1 Pet. 5:8).

  • Now was the time to act!

  • If they were to survive as a church, they had to strengthen their faith and love and come back to life.


Counsel1
Counsel show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “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” (v. 3).

  • They needed to get back to doing what they did at the first.

  • The city fell twice because of neglect and overconfidence. So would the church.


Commendation
Commendation show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments” (v. 4).

  • There was a small remnant of faithful Christians in this church.

  • They had not soiled their lives by involvement in the sinful world around them.


Promise
Promise show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments” (vs. 3-4).

  • White represents both purity and victory.

  • We are pure in the blood of Christ and share in His victory over sin and death.


Promise1
Promise show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “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” (v. 5).

  • Our names can be removed from the Book of Life!

  • Jesus will confess us before His Father in Heaven if we will confess Him before men (Matt. 10:32-33).


Sardis revelation 3 1 61
Sardis show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant Revelation 3:1-6

  • A church’s reputation may not be its true character (2 Cor. 13:5).

  • A church that abandons its distinction in order to blend in with the religious landscape will die without completing its works.

  • Judgment will be on an individual basis.

  • Christians are to “watch!”

  • Is my name found in the Book of Life?


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