Revelation 2:1-7 KJV

Revelation 2,1-7 KJV

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HOW JESUS LOOKS AT THIS CHURCH

Revelation 2:1-7

INTRODUCTION

Every time the President does something, or doesn’t do something, someone takes a poll to see how people look at his decision, or lack thereof. Not only Presidents but also politicians and communities want to know how they are doing. We as individuals want to know the group mindset of our community also.

A new bride wants to know how her cooking is. A new employee wants to know how he / she is doing on the job. A bride doesn’t go to her mother – in – law to find our how her cooking is. She wants HIM to tell her.

An employee doesn’t ask the former boss how he / she is doing. The only person who counts is the present boss.

Who does a church go to find out if it is doing the job right? Not to a denominational headquarters. Not to other churches. Not to each other. We go to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Another fact: we don’t ask our boss how we are doing when we “blow it.” We only want to hear from our boss when we are doing great!

In Revelation 1 – 3 these churches didn’t ask Jesus how they were doing but He told them. What He told them can apply to this church, us, today.

THEME: TO BE PLEASING TO THE LORD WE MUST: 

I. BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION Revelation 2:1-3

     A. Of Following The Leadership Of The Lord Revelation 2:1

          1. The pastors are in the Lord’s hand

          2. The Lord walks in the midst of the churches

NOTE: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

NOTE: The church did not boast of its location

          a. Most prominent city (location) in Asia (Turkey) cf. deep in the heart of everything

          b. Tourist attraction – Temple of Diana cf. Branson, etc.

NOTE: The church did not boast of its reputation: The only church in the New Testament to have epistles from two apostles – Paul and John

     B. Of Taking A Stand Against Unrighteousness

          1. Cannot bear them which are evil Revelation 2:2

          2. Examine (try) those who are liars Revelation 2:2

     C. Of Years Of Good Testimony Revelation 2:3

          1. Have endured – carried the burdens of a church

          2. Have patience, perseverance, endurance – Not quit

NOTE: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience         Romans 5:3

          3. Have labored for My name’s sake (not in name of self)

NOTE: Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.         II Timothy 2:19

NOTE: And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.       Acts 5:40

NOTE: For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.         Hebrews 6:10

NOTE: 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.      Revelation 3:5

NOTE: Labor – Greek – toil unto weariness and exhaustion

          4. Have not fainted

NOTE: They did all the right things

T.S. TO BE PLEASING TO THE LORD WE MUST: 

          I. BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION 

II. BUILD A GOOD SEPARATION Revelation 2:4-5

     A. I Have Somewhat Against You Revelation 2:4

          1. Failures require Christ to point them out to us Revelation 2:4a

NOTE: The weak spot of a church is usually purity

          2. Failures affect us spiritually

          3. Our ministry

          4. Our testimony

          5. Our power to serve

          6. Our relationship to Jesus

     B. The Fear Of Leaving Our First Love, Jesus, For A Program Or Position Revelation 2:4b-5a

NOTE: Are we running a program or are we ministering unto the Lord?

          1. Remember where we fell

          2. Repent of that failure

NOTE: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.         1 John 1:9

          3. Do the first works – get back to basics

NOTE: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.      Acts 26:20

     C. The Fear Of God Closing Our Ministries Revelation 2:5b

          1. I will come quickly

          2. Repent or removal

NOTE: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:15-16

NOTE: The only options we have with sin – hot or cold

T.S. TO BE PLEASING TO THE LORD WE MUST: 

          I. BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION 

        II. BUILD A GOOD SEPARATION

III. BUILD A GOOD PERSPIRATION (SWEAT)       Revelation 2:6-7

     A. We Have To Stand Against What Jesus Stands Against

          1. To be Christ-like is more than just being “spiritual” but regarding a lifestyle

NOTE: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.       1 Corinthians 11:1

          2. To be Christ-like will fall into two categories

               a. The Christian dealing with attitudes

               b. The Christian dealing with actions

NOTE: 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.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 1 2:1-2

     B. The Nicolaitans

NOTE: Jesus named names

NOTE: Nicolas, one of the first deacons in Jerusalem, is said by some to be the founder of the doctrine of the Nicolatians

NOTE: And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch   Acts 6:5

          1. “Superior” people who are good (spiritually) for the average church member

               a. Said to be the origin of the priesthood in the churches

               b. To rule over vs. to humble oneself and minister up to the congregation

NOTE: But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.       Matthew 23:11

          2. It’s meaning

               a. Niko – To overthrow, to get the victory

NOTE: The sports wear company, Nike, is from niko

NOTE: The Greek goddess, Nike

               b. Laos – The people

NOTE: The movement that placed religious leaders over the people to tell them how and what to think instead of being like the Bereans

NOTE: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.   Acts 17:11

     C. We Have To Strive To Be Overcomers Revelation 2:7

NOTE: Ignoring the sin will not make us an overcomer

          1. We overcome by listening to the Holy Spirit Revelation 2:7

NOTE: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.      John 16:13

          2. And evidence that we are going to heaven when we overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit and then overcome sin

NOTE: The word “strive” (KJV) means, to literally struggle as in a game to win

               a. It also means to contend with an adversary, to fight or work hard

               b. It is from this Greek word (agonizomai) that we get the English word, agonize

CONCLUSION

TO BE PLEASING TO THE LORD WE MUST: 

I. BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION 

II. BUILD A GOOD SEPARATION

III. BUILD A GOOD PERSPIRATION (SWEAT)

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Revelation 2,12-17 KJV

Revelation 2,12-17 KJV

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WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES

Revelation 2:12-17

INTRODUCTION

George Beverly Shea sang the beautiful song that includes this insightful line: “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”

The loneliest person in the world is the person who has no one who watches after them, no one who cares one way or the other what happens to that person. We all have had the times in our lives when we said or thought no one cared for us. What wonderful pity parties.

The child of God cannot have such a pity party. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”       Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

The church at Pergamos had no problem with loneliness, or so they thought. After all they resided in one of the most prominent cities of Asia Minor. It was a wealthy city with a large income coming to the city to visit the many temples, the university and to the library of 200,000 volumes.

Five of the seven cities mentioned in Revelation contended to be known as the city that had the privilege of establishing a center of worship of the emperor of Rome. That would amount to the income for hosting the Super Bowl today.

Pergamos won that right.

In the midst of all this is a church of Jesus Christ that is drifting into worldliness and carnality. Some of the members resisted this drift; the majority was swept out to sea.

A question each us need to ask: “Lord which way am I drifting?”

THEME: WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES:

I. HE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE DOING Revelation 2:12-13

A. He Has The Means To Correct The Deficiencies In Our Lives

1. The sword, the two – edged one, the sharp one

          2. A long spear like sword cf. the Word of God

          3. Two edges have been represented by some to represent:

               a. Salvation edge

               b. Condemnation edge

     B. What Jesus Knows About Us

          1. Our works

               a. Every deed

               b. Every motive behind our work

NOTE: each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.    1 Corinthians 3:13 NKJV

NOTE: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.         Revelation 22:12 KJV

          2. Our home (dwell)

NOTE: Satan’s seat

          a. Satan’s throne

          b. His base of operations

               1) Is our home a lighthouse for God?

               2) Is our home an embarrassment to God?

          c. Our home reflects how we hold His name

NOTE: No religious gathering is to be measured by numerical strength, but by its proper recognition of His name

NOTE: For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 NKJV

          3. Our personal loyalty

NOTE: Not group or church loyalty

NOTE: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

          4. Our personal faith

NOTE: He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 16:15-17

NOTE: Not group or church faith but personal faith

NOTE: The greater the surrounding sin, the greater the commendation for holding on to Jesus

          5. How we hold His faith

               a. By our works

               b. By His name

     C. Jesus Even Knows Our Personal Names And Our Personal Works

NOTE: Secular historians took no note of a person who was faithful: but Jesus did

          1. My faithful martyr

          2. All that is known about him by us

T.S. WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES:

          I. HE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE DOING

II. HE OPPOSES THINGS GOING ON AROUND US Revelation 2:14-15

     A. You Have There Those Who …

          1. The sin of compromise

          2. Refusing to stand with Jesus on clear issues

NOTE: He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Matthew 12:30

     B. The Sin Of Balaam

NOTE: Hired by a pagan king to curse Israel      Numbers 22-25

          1. A stumbling block

               a. Anything that causes us to fall into sin

               b. Anything that causes us to slow down in our Christian race

          2. The doctrine of Balaam

               a. To bring some object between the soul and God

               b. To rob God of worship, service, tithe, witness, etc.

NOTE: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry    Colossians 3:5

     C. The Doctrine Of The Nicolaitans

          1. Represents a doctrinal departure

          2. Ephesus and Pergamos contrasted over the Nicolaitans

               a. The first contrast

                   1) The church at Ephesus hated the doctrine of the Nicolaitans

NOTE: But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.  Revelation 2:6

                   2) The church at Pergamos embraced the doctrine of the Nicolaitans

NOTE: So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Revelation 2:15

               b. The second contrast

                   1) The church at Ephesus had the deeds

NOTE: I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars  Revelation 2:2

                   2) The church at Pergamos had the doctrine

NOTE: So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Revelation 2:15

T.S. WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES:

          I. HE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE DOING

        II. HE OPPOSES THINGS GOING ON AROUND US

III. HE WANTS TO WORK THROUGH US     Revelation 2:16-17

     A. The Solution To A Fruitful, Successful Christian Life – Repent vs. 16

NOTE: I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.      Luke 13:3

     B. The Reward Of Jesus

          1. I will come to you

NOTE: His instrument in the fight: us

          2. I will fight against them

NOTE: Through us, by the Word

NOTE: My thoughts of what is right and wrong (“I think …”) vs. “What does the Bible say?” (Book, chapter and verse)

     C. The Reward Of Jesus To Overcomers

NOTE: To be an overcomer is a mark of salvation

          1. Jesus will give the hidden manna to eat

               a.  This is said to be our present spiritual food

               b. The Word of God

          2. Jesus will give to the victorious Christian a white stone

NOTE: Some have suggested that this might be a large brilliant diamond

               a. Acquittal in a Roman court was the presentation to the accused a white stone; the person condemned was presented with a black stone

               b. In, not on, the stone written a new name

               c. Our title to eternal glory

NOTE: At salvation, as the old song goes, “A new name written down in glory”

NOTE: A Concluding thought:

The concern of Jesus is not what is going on in Rome or the taxes on commerce, or how pagans are behaving.

The concern of Jesus is on how His people are behaving.

CONCLUSION

WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES:

I. HE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE DOING

II. HE OPPOSES THINGS GOING ON AROUND US

III. HE WANTS TO WORK THROUGH US

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The Seven Churches Of Asia

The Seven Churches Of Asia

Church                                   Danger                                   References

                        Ephesus                        Losing Our First Love                Revelation 2:4

                       Smyrna                          Fear Of Suffering                        Revelation 2:10

                       Pergamon                     Doctrinal Compromise             Revelation 2:24-15

                       Thyatira                        Moral Compromise                    Revelation 2:20

                      Sardis                             Spiritual Deadness                     Revelation 3:1-2

                      Philadelphia                Not Holding Fast                         Revelation 3:11

                     Laodicea                        Lukewarm                                     Revelation 3:15-16

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Revelation 2:18-29

Revelation 2,18-29

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CHOICES

Revelation 2:18-29

INTRODUCTION

It is said that every story has a beginning, middle and an ending. So do we.

We all have a past. Some, if not most of us, rejoice that our past is under the blood of Christ.

We also have a present. That’s where we are today.

And for every one of us who are children of God, we have no ending. We have a wonderful future, a wonderful eternity.

This church has a past. We must remember a church is not buildings but people. Choices were made in the past. A reputation has been established.

Now we as a congregation are daily making spiritual decisions. We have choices that will lead us to blessing and choices that will lead us to pitfalls.

Only if we make righteous decisions, if we become overcomers will we have a rewarding future.

The history of the church at Thyatira is the same cycle of history every church today faces. Thyatira had a past filled with success before God. But they faced options before them. To choose one way meant to choose the wrath of God. To choose the other way meant an overcoming future that was exceedingly rewarding.

There is an important fact we must face. Though a church makes decisions, each individual of that church is rewarded or punished. When Jesus looks at the decisions of a church, He looks not at the corporate body but each individual. It is remarkable that Christ singled out a very small church in a relatively obscure city for such an important letter.

THEME: WHEN JESUS JUDGES US TODAY:

I. HE LOOKS AT OUR REPUTATION IN THE PAST Revelation 2:18-19

NOTE: It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one badone to lose it.                        Benjamin Franklin

NOTE: A good reputation is more valuable than money          Publics Sryus

     A. The One Who Does The Looking

          1. The Son of God

NOTE: He has the right to speak; He has the right to be heard 

               a. Found only here in Revelation

               b. Used to show His character in bringing judgment on the church

          2. Eyes like unto a flame of fire

               a. Burning indignation

               b. Fire consumes, penetrates

               c. He sees through (burns through) every situation to the truth

          3. Feet like fine brass

               a. Only place in the Bible His feet are so described

               b. Brass – symbol of judgment

               c. Feet tread the winepress of judgment and stamp out injustice

     B. What He Looks For In Us

NOTE: Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  Romans 8:27 NKJV

NOTE: “I know”

          1. Your works

NOTE: Individual act

          2. Your love

          3. Your service

          4. Your faith

          5. Your patience

          6. Your works

NOTE: “works” – accumulated labor

NOTE: The first of the seven churches to be so commended by Jesus

     C. Progress Was Being Made In Their Spiritual Life And Ministry

          1. Last more than the first

          2. Last works, faith and patience were greater than the first works

          3. Good works

T.S. WHEN JESUS JUDGES US TODAY:

          I. HE LOOKS AT OUR REPUTATION IN THE PAST

II. HE LOOKS AT OUR CHOICES IN THE PRESENT Revelation 2:20-23

     A. The Sin Of Permissiveness

          1. Suffers

               a. Tolerate

               b. Allow

          2. That woman Jezebel

NOTE: Like calling a man “Judas”

               a. Some interpret this to be the pastor’s wife cf. angel – vs. 18

               b. Who calls herself a prophetess

NOTE: Take the place of the Holy Spirit

          3. The ministry of Jezebel

               a. Urged Christians to continue their pagan worship of idols

               b. Continue the immorality of feast to idols

NOTE: Lydia may helped found the church

NOTE: and from there to Philippi, a Roman colony, which is a leading city of that district of Macedonia. We stayed in that city for a number of days.

On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate by the river, where we thought there was a place of prayer. We sat down and spoke to the women gathered there.

A woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, was listening. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was spoken by Paul.

After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, “If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.

Acts 16:11-15 HCSB

NOTE: Jezebel helped flounder (collapse) the church

          4. God’s mercy to the worst of us

               a. God gave her space to repent

               b. Definition of repentance: “God’s way out of a mess”

NOTE: Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?         Romans 2:4 HCSB

NOTE: The opposite: sinners congratulating themselves on their apparent

success of getting themselves out of a jam

     B. God’s Judgment

          1. Cast her into a bed of affliction

          2. Her followers into great tribulation except they repent

NOTE: Sharing sin = spiritual fornication

NOTE: Physical adultery

          a. Violates the moral law of God to our mate

          b. Violates our covenant relationship to the Lord concerning inward /

outward purity

          c. I will kill her children with death

               1) The family is affected by the sin of the parent

               2) Kill with death – destroy them

     C. The Reason For God’s Judgment Today

          1. So all the churches (not just this one church) will know and fear God

          2. So all will know God searches the reins and heart

NOTE: Reins – in Greek: “kidneys” – where impurities begin to be removed

from the body

          3. So God can give to us today according to our works

T.S. WHEN JESUS JUDGES US TODAY:

          I. HE LOOKS AT OUR REPUTATION IN THE PAST

        II. HE LOOKS AT OUR CHOICES IN THE PRESENT

III. HE LOOKS AT OUR FUTURE WITH HIM Revelation 2:24-29

     A. God Does Not Pile On Us Other Burdens vs. 24 – 25

NOTE: Congress often passes new laws to burden the law abiding citizen, not

the law breaker

          1. For the first time in these seven churches, a single group is shown as

having a continuing true testimony of Jesus

           2. To those who don’t sin with Jezebel:

               a. Encouragement

               b. Comfort

     B. The Deep Things Of God

NOTE: Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?   Job 11:7 NKJV

NOTE: But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 1 Corinthians 2:10 NLT

NOTE: The spiritual opposite: The depths of Satan      vs. 24

          1. Personal experiences with God

          2. The opposite: Personal experiences with alcohol, drugs, sex, murder,theft, etc.

NOTE: No doubt the righteous were mocked, maligned, misunderstood

     C. God’s Reward For Overcoming

          1. We keep His works to the end

NOTE: We are faithful according to our ability in the Holy Spirit Who is in us

          2. We will have power over the nation (rule)

               a. Rule – shepherd

               b. Not just executing judgment on unrighteous nations

               c. Also, administering mercy and direction

          3. We receive the morning star vs. 28

               a. Christ

               b. The morning star heralds the approach of a new day

NOTE: It appears as the darkness is beginning to pass away

An indication the morning is coming

CONCLUSION

WHEN JESUS JUDGES US TODAY:

I. HE LOOKS AT OUR REPUTATION IN THE PAST

II. HE LOOKS AT OUR CHOICES IN THE PRESENT

III. HE LOOKS AT OUR FUTURE WITH HIM

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Revelation 2:18-29 KJV

Revelation 2,18-29 KJV

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CHOICES

Revelation 2:18-29

INTRODUCTION

It is said that every story has a beginning, middle and an ending. So do we.

We all have a past. Some, if not most of us, rejoice that our past is under the blood of Christ.

We also have a present. That’s where we are today.

And for every one of us who are children of God, we have no ending. We have a wonderful future, a wonderful eternity.

This church has a past. We must remember a church is not buildings but people. Choices were made in the past. A reputation has been established.

Now we as a congregation are daily making spiritual decisions. We have choices that will lead us to blessing and choices that will lead us to pitfalls.

Only if we make righteous decisions, if we become overcomers will we have a rewarding future.

The history of the church at Thyatira is the same cycle of history every church today faces. Thyatira had a past filled with success before God. But they faced options before them. To choose one way meant to choose the wrath of God. To choose the other way meant an overcoming future that was exceedingly rewarding.

There is an important fact we must face. Though a church makes decisions, each individual of that church is rewarded or punished. When Jesus looks at the decisions of a church, He looks not at the corporate body but each individual. It is remarkable that Christ singled out a very small church in a relatively obscure city for such an important letter.

THEME: WHEN JESUS JUDGES US TODAY:

I. HE LOOKS AT OUR REPUTATION IN THE PAST Revelation 2:18-19

NOTE: It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad

one to lose it.                        Benjamin Franklin

NOTE: A good reputation is more valuable than money          Publilus Sryus

     A. The One Who Does The Looking

          1. The Son of God

NOTE: He has the right to speak; He has the right to be heard

               a. Found only here in Revelation

               b. Used to show His character in bringing judgment on the church

          2. Eyes like unto a flame of fire

               a. Burning indignation

               b. Fire consumes, penetrates

              c. He sees through (burns through) every situation to the truth

          3. Feet like fine brass

               a. Only place in the Bible His feet are so described

               b. Brass – symbol of judgment

               c.  Feet tread the winepress of judgment and stamp out injustice

     B. What He Looks For In Us

NOTE: And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.     Romans 8:27

NOTE: “I know”

          1. Your works

NOTE: Individual act

          2. Your love

          3. Your service

          4. Your faith

          5. Your patience

          6. Your works

NOTE: “works” – accumulated labor

NOTE: The first of the seven churches to be so commended by Jesus

     C. Progress Was Being Made In Their Spiritual Life And Ministry

          1. Last more than the first

          2. Last works, faith and patience were greater than the first works

          3. Good works

T.S. WHEN JESUS JUDGES US TODAY:

          I. HE LOOKS AT OUR REPUTATION IN THE PAST

II. HE LOOKS AT OUR CHOICES IN THE PRESENT Revelation 2:20-23

     A. The Sin Of Permissiveness

          1. Suffers

               a. Tolerate

               b. Allow

           2. That woman Jezebel

NOTE: Like calling a man “Judas”

               a. Some interpret this to be the pastor’s wife cf. angel – vs. 18

               b. Who calls herself a prophetess

NOTE: Take the place of the Holy Spirit

          3. The ministry of Jezebel

               a. Urged Christians to continue their pagan worship of idols

               b. Continue the immorality of feast to idols

NOTE: Lydia may helped found the church

NOTE: Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

Acts 16:11-15

NOTE: Jezebel helped flounder (collapse) the church

          4. God’s mercy to the worst of us

               a. God gave her space to repent

               b. Definition of repentance: “God’s way out of a mess”

NOTE: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?   Romans 2:4

NOTE: The opposite: sinners congratulating themselves on their apparent

success of getting themselves out of a jam

     B. God’s Judgment

          1. Cast her into a bed of affliction

          2. Her followers into great tribulation except they repent

NOTE: Sharing sin = spiritual fornication

NOTE: Physical adultery

          a. Violates the moral law of God to our mate

          b. Violates our covenant relationship to the Lord concerning inward / outward purity

          c. I will kill her children with death

               1) The family is affected by the sin of the parent

               2) Kill with death – destroy them

     C. The Reason For God’s Judgment Today

          1. So all the churches (not just this one church) will know and fear God

          2. So all will know God searches the reins and heart

NOTE: Reins – in Greek: “kidneys” – where impurities begin to be removed from the body

         3. So God can give to us today according to our works

T.S. WHEN JESUS JUDGES US TODAY:

          I. HE LOOKS AT OUR REPUTATION IN THE PAST

        II. HE LOOKS AT OUR CHOICES IN THE PRESENT

III. HE LOOKS AT OUR FUTURE WITH HIM Revelation 2:24-29

     A. God Does Not Pile On Us Other Burdens vs. 24 – 25

NOTE: Congress often passes new laws to burden the law abiding citizen, not the law breaker

          1. For the first time in these seven churches, a single group is shown as

having a continuing true testimony of Jesus

          2. To those who don’t sin with Jezebel:

               a. Encouragement

               b. Comfort

     B. The Deep Things Of God

NOTE: But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.         I Corinthians 2:10

NOTE: The spiritual opposite: The depths of Satan      vs. 24

          1. Personal experiences with God

          2. The opposite: Personal experiences with alcohol, drugs, sex, murder,

theft, etc.

NOTE: No doubt the righteous were mocked, maligned, misunderstood

     C. God’s Reward For Overcoming

          1. We keep His works to the end

NOTE: We are faithful according to our ability in the Holy Spirit Who is in us

          2. We will have power over the nation (rule)

               a. Rule – shepherd

               b. Not just executing judgment on unrighteous nations

               c. Also, administering mercy and direction

          3. We receive the morning star vs. 28

               a. Christ

               b. The morning star heralds the approach of a new day

NOTE: It appears as the darkness is beginning to pass away

An indication the morning is coming

CONCLUSION

WHEN JESUS JUDGES US TODAY:

I. HE LOOKS AT OUR REPUTATION IN THE PAST

II. HE LOOKS AT OUR CHOICES IN THE PRESEN

III. HE LOOKS AT OUR FUTURE WITH HIM

 

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Revelation 3:1-6

THREE THINGS WE AS CHRISTIANS MUST FACE

Revelation 3:1-6

INTRODUCTION

The study of the heavens is a lost art for most of us. Some of us lived in the country as children. At night we could look up at the starry sky and feel we could almost touch the stars. When there is no moon, no city lights and a clear sky, the night sky almost gives one the feeling of being in a cathedral.

One of the first stars we learn is Polaris, the north star. The light from this star takes thirty three years to reach us. That star could have stopped burning thirty years ago and we would not know it for three more years.

In fact every star could stop shining today and it would be eleven years before we would be aware of the closest one being out.

There is a similar fact in the spiritual realm. People and churches, who were once on fire for God, who had a light shining, can lose the fire and it may take years before others know about it. They continue shining by the light of a brilliant past.

While it would be sad for stars to quit shining, how much more tragic is it for individual Christians and churches to keep basking in the glow of past fires for God but no longer be on fire for Jesus?

THEME: WHAT MUST WE AS CHRISTIANS BE PREPARED TO FACE?

I. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SORROW OF A DEAD MINISTRY Revelation 3:1-2

     A. A Ministry That Has A Reputation, A Name

NOTE: A little girl had to take her birth certificate to school. On the way to school she lost it. She entered the classroom crying, “I’ve lost my excuse for being born!”

          1. Reputation among other churches of the area

NOTE: … you have a name …    Revelation 3:1

          2. It is considered a spiritual church

          3. It has a good testimony

     B. A Ministry That Appears To Be Alive

          1. Lots of activity but no power

NOTE: … you are alive …          Revelation 3:1

          2. Outward appearances can be notoriously deceptive

NOTE: I have not found your works perfect before God Revelation 3:2

          3. Some churches are hotbeds of inactivity; others are hotbeds of busy work

     C. A Ministry That Is Dead

          1. From God’s viewpoint

NOTE: … that are ready to die …       Revelation 3:2

          2. Marks of a dead church

               a. Worship of its past

               b. More concerned with form and tradition than with living

NOTE: The seven last words of a church: “We’ve never done it that way before”

               c. The church loves systems and programs more than it loves Jesus

d. The church is more concern with material things than spiritual things

NOTE: Churches split, members leave, over control of programs rather than over love of Jesus

     D. A Ministry That Is Not Perfect Before God

NOTE: I have not found your works perfect before God

          1. Definition of perfect

               a. Finished

               b. Complete

               c. Fulfilled

          2. Why it was not perfect

               a. Not been watchful

                   1) Be awake

NOTE: Opposite of drowsy

                    2) Literal, To chase sleep

                   3) Lest a further invasion of spiritual deadness come upon them

NOTE: The city of Sardis had been captured three times. Impossible when the citizens were awake. They were caught asleep.

               b. No strength in the things (good works) that remain

NOTE: The church seemed to have no outward foes; the greatest obstacle was its past

T.S. WHAT MUST WE AS CHRISTIANS BE PREPARED TO FACE?

          I. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SORROW OF A DEAD MINISTRY

II. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SURPRISE OF JUDGMENT Revelation 3:3

     A. When The First Movings Of God Are Forgotten Then A Church Settles Down And Becomes Institutionalized

          1. The drive to serve is replace with tradition and complacency

          2. The movement becomes a monument

     B. Three Things God Wants Us To Remember

          1. Our heritage (the past) “received”

          2. Our present ministry

          3. Hold fast

NOTE: What was done in the past is to be the norm today; live that way today

               b. Repent

         3. Our future

               a. Watch

               b. Prepare for Jesus’ coming

NOTE: Failure to do the right things of God results in the crumbling of an empty reputation and church

T.S. WHAT MUST WE AS CHRISTIANS BE PREPARED TO FACE?

          I. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SORROW OF A DEAD MINISTRY

        II. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SURPRISE OF JUDGMENT

III. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE OUR SUCCESSFUL ENTRANCE INTO HEAVEN           Revelation 3:4-6

     A. Reserved For The Remnant

          1. The real minority of this world

               a. The spiritual among the unspiritual

               b. The sincere among the hypocrites

               c. The humble among the proud

               d. The separated among the worldly

          2. A few names

               a. Not many

               b. An oasis for Jesus

     B. They Shall Walk With Me In White (vs. 4) cf. The Same Shall Be Clothed In White Raiment (vs. 5)

          1. They are worthy

NOTE: In Scripture, the robing of the saint is an expression of the saint’s own service and character. Outward manifestation in heaven of our service on earth.

          2. The aristocracy of heaven

     C. The Three Fold Reward vs. 5

          1. Clothed in white garments

         2. Name not blotted out of the book of life

NOTE: The lost die and are removed; no record of existence cf. saved never die spiritually; never removed

          3. I will confess his name before the Father and His angels

               a. cf. Like receiving a diploma

               b. We receive the victorious crown of life in the presence of the Father

CONCLUSION

WHAT MUST WE AS CHRISTIANS BE PREPARED TO FACE?

I. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SORROW OF A DEAD MINISTRY

II. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SURPRISE OF JUDGMENT

III. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE OUR SUCCESSFUL ENTRANCE INTO HEAVEN

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Revelation 3:7-8

Revelation 3,7-8

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WHO IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

Part I

Revelation 3:7-8

INTRODUCTION

No matter where we live, no matter how well, or how poorly we live, we are trying to control our lives and the circumstances around our lives. Sometimes we are successful; sometimes we are not.

How can we go about controlling the circumstances of our lives? Or, can we? That is an honest question we all ask, day after day. At times we feel we are in control. Other times we feel we have lost all control of our lives.

Then the day comes for the Christian to realize, “I cannot control my life.” On that day we turn our life over to the control of Jesus. But just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that person has automatically turned their life over to Him. The act of turning our life over to Jesus Christ is something we have to do day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute.

The church at Philadelphia contained a congregation of people who had individually and collectively been successful in turning the control of their church, their families, their lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore this church lasted longer than any other of the seven churches of Asia.

The city of Philadelphia did not have an atmosphere that was conducive to those Christians giving control of their lives to Jesus. Philadelphia was called “Little Athens” because of the number of pagan temples in it, all of them very beautiful. The city was the key missionary city of Asia Minor established for the purpose of spreading the gospel of Greek humanism.

The Jews, who were antagonists of the Philadelphian Christians, had one of the most beautiful synagogues of that day.

There were so many things to do there instead of being a Christian, especially one who had given control of his/her life to Jesus.

Yet they were not filled with vengeance but with vision; not blame but blessing. And because of this Jesus has no rebuke for this church. Everything He says to them is almost entirely a word of praise.

How was this possible? How could a church be so blessed that Jesus blesses instead of rebukes? The answer is simple, they understood the controlling power of Jesus.

THEME: HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS THE

   KEY TO OUR CONTROL         Revelation 3:7

A. He Is Holy Who Speaks

NOTE: What is said to us often is accepted or rejected based upon who is doing

the talking

NOTE: To each of the seven churches Jesus presents Himself in a different view

according to the need of the particular church. But each view of Jesus

relates to judgment.

          1. The Holy One

          2. He hates sin

          3. He will not sin against us

     B. He Is True

          1. No falsehood is in Him

          2. He determines our destiny

NOTE: Holy and True

Holy – He is right in His character

True – He is right in His conduct

Holy is what He is

True is what He does

NOTE: A true and holy vision of the King is necessary if we are going to have a

vision of missions

 C. He Has The Key Of David

          1. Whoever has the key to the house has unlimited access to it

          2. Symbol implying power and authority

NOTE: Jesus is not only the King of the kingdom; He is also the key to the kingdom

NOTE: I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go

in and out and find pasture.    John 10:9 NKJV

T.S.      HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

          I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS

             THE KEY TO OUR CONTROL

II. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS KNOWS

   OUR WORKS      Revelation 3:8a

   A. Even When We Have A Little Strength

NOTE: Song; Little Is Much When God Is In It

            1. Weak but wonderful

            2. Feeble but faithful

NOTE: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is

made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more

gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest

upon me.    2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

NOTE: quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the

sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became

strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

Hebrews 11:34 NLT

     B. Because Jesus Controls The Door

          1. Before you an open door

NOTE: He opens; we enter

NOTE: No restraint; unlimited privileges cf. salvation, works

          2. No one can shut it

NOTE: If the door opens or closes, God did it

T.S. HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

          I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS

              THE KEY TO OUR CONTROL

        II. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS

             KNOWS OUR WORKS

III. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS KNOWS

     WHAT WE ARE DOING           Revelation 3:8b

     A. He Knows If We Have Kept His Word

             1. His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do

it.” John 2:5 NKJV

NOTE: The first public words of Mary about Jesus

            2. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;

and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Matthew 28:20 NKJV

     B. He Knows Who Has Not Denied His Name

          1. Taken to Roman court by Jews

          2. The opposition of Christ in the market place cf. silver smiths of Ephesus

          3. Opposition of the Christ in the home

NOTE: The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against

the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter

against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law,

and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Luke 12:53 KJV

NOTE: Gypsy Smith, a great evangelist, was an orphan who was taken in by his

uncle. When Smith got saved he earnestly desired to see his uncle saved

but his uncle refused. His uncle purchased a new pair of slacks for

Gypsy. Sometime later his uncle commented that something was wrong

with the slacks. They appeared to be wearing out in the knees. Gypsy

replied with tears, “I have been on my knees praying for your salvation.”

The uncle got saved.

 

CONCLUSION

HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS THE

   KEY TO OUR CONTROL

II. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS

   KNOWS OUR WORK

III.WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS KNOWS

   WHAT WE ARE DOING

 

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