July 27, 2018

Revelations 3:4-6

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. 6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.




What is the Spirit speaking here about clothes that are not soiled or as the King James Version states it, “defiled”? This word “not defiled” indicates that it speaking of those without compromise.  The Greek definition for this word soiled or defiled in the Lexicon is to “pollute, contaminate, stain, defile.  It is used in NT of those who have not kept themselves pure from the defilement’s of sin, who have soiled themselves by fornication and adultery.”

Now let’s look at the first part of this passage to the church of Sardis in Revelations 3: 1-3, “”To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”

What the Lord is speaking to us today is that for many of us in this hour who are Christians, our defilement has often been fornication and adultery, both in a physical and spiritual sense of the word.  We have not kept ourselves pure before the Lord and our lives have often been those of compromise that stained and soiled our hearts from purity before the Lord.  Outwardly we may have a reputation that we are alive in Christ and are seen as spiritual, but God knows our hearts and He is saying that some of us are dead.  The Spirit is not speaking this to our condemnation, but that we might repent and avoid His judgement.  He says, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3Remember 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.”  For many of us, we love the Lord in our hearts, but our lives are full of compromise and defilement.  The Spirit is speaking a strong word directly into our hearts today to repent, turn from our fornication and adultery, both of flesh and spirit and draw near to Him.  1 John 1:8-10 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”  The Lord can and will cleanse our defilement, but we must first move out of our place of justification and denial of our sin.  If we have sin, we must acknowledge it as such and repent of it.  Only then can we receive our forgiveness and be cleansed from it.

It is the person without defilement, stain or compromise that the Lord is looking for in this hour.  It is this type of person the Lord says is he or she who overcomes.  These will be those that are dressed in white, which speaks of the righteousness of Christ.  Their name will never be blotted out of the book of life.  We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God, but God is exhorting us to no longer use our former sinful nature as our crutch and excuse to continue in sin.  1 John 1:6-7 tells us, “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”  We may not yet be perfect, but we must walk in an attitude and spirit of righteousness and purity.

Read carefully 1 John 2:1-6 for, in summary, it is what the Spirit is speaking to our hearts today, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 3We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”




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