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The Lifeless Church in Sardis

(Revelation 3:1-6)

I. The Characteristics of Christ to the Lifeless Church [Sardis] (v.1a) [Wicked pagan worship/ctr trade/wealthy

A. He Who hath the Seven Spirits of God [prosperity abundt/A.D.17 earthquake destroyed/nothing good said

B. He Who hath the Seven Stars [message of condemnation/spiritually dead, the Lifeless Church]

II. The Condemnation of Christ to the Lifeless Church (v.1b)

A. I know [perfect active ind.] thy works

B. That thou hast [present active ind.] a name that thou lives

C. And art [present active ind] dead

III. The Commands of Christ to the Lifeless Church (v.2, 3a)

A. Be[present impv.] watchful

B. Strengthen[aorist impv.] the things which remain…

C. Remember[present impv.] therefore how thou hast received and heard

D. Hold fast [present impv.]

E. Repent [aorist impv.]

IV. The Chastening of Christ to the Lifeless Church (v.3b)

A. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief

B. Thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee

V. The Counsel of Christ to the Lifeless Church (v.4-6)

A. Thou hast [present active ind.] a few names even in Sardis…not defiled their garments

B. He that overcomes,[present active ind.] the same shall be clothed in white raiment

C. And I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life

D. I will confess his name before the Father…

E. He that hath an ear let him hear [aorist impv.] what the Spirit saith [present active ind.] unto the churches

The Living Church in Philadelphia

(Revelation 3:7-13)

I. The Characteristics of Christ to the Living Church [Philadelphia] (v.7) [Roman emperor worship/last city to

A. He that is Holy(Holy One/Israel) [fall to Muslim fanaticism/protected

B. He that is True (John 14:6) [from G.T. 3:10

C. He that hath the Key of David [Symbol of power and authority of the king]

D. He that opens and no man shuts-Power of Sovereign God

II. The Commendation of Christ to the Living Church (v.8)

A. I know[perfect active ind.] thy works-deeds, actions

B. Behold, I have set [perfect active ind] before thee an open door-opportunity to preach the Gospel

C. Thou hast kept[aorist active ind.] My Word-kept: guarded, protected, preserved

D. Thou hast not denied[aorist deponent] My Name-denied: repudiated, disowned

III. The Comfort of Christ to the Living Church (v.9,10)

A. Behold I will make them of the synagogue of Satan…to come and worship before thy feet

B. Because thou hast kept the Word of My patience, I will also keep thee from the hour of tempt’n/affliction

Keep: to watch over, guard, preserve- John 17:5-tnrew ek ‘to keep out of the sphere of tempt’n/trouble

IV. The Counsel of Christ to the Living Church (v.11)

A. Behold, I come[present act dep.] quickly

B. Hold that fast[aorist act impv.] which thou hast[present act. ind.] that no man take thy crown

V. The Challenge of Christ to the Living Church (v.12)

A. To him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God

B. And he shall go no more out

C. And I will write upon him the name of My God

D. And I will write upon him My new name


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