Revelation 3:1 “…you are dead”
Didn’t mince words. Wonder how many current churches are in the same shape.
3 “…hold fast and repent…”
They can still turn things around if they will repent of their sin and turn back to God.
4 “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments…”
Always a remnant.
5 “…I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life…”
Commentaries suggest Jesus is referring to those who are truly His contrasted with those who are merely playing the part. The fake Christians are actually dead and thus will have their names taken out of the book of the living. I’ve actually heard someone use this verse to prove that you can lose your salvation since it sounds like Jesus might blot out a person’s name after it was written in the Book of Life. Doesn’t fit the context of the passage nor does it jive with the rest of scripture. Just speculation on my part, but I wonder if we’ve misinterpreted the order of things when it comes to the Book of Life. We know that the Book contains the names of those who have life through Jesus Christ. We also know the Book will be consulted at the Great White Throne judgment to show that those there are the dead, they never accepted Christ. We understand that those who die before they reach the age of accountability go on to be with Christ as they haven’t reached the point where the Spirit calls to them. We assume their names are then written in the Book of Life. But I wonder, given that fact along with what Christ said here, if everyone’s name is actually written in the Book when they are created, then if they don’t accept Christ their name is blotted out. All references I could find to the Book mention that names are written as though they are already there, not that they have to be written. There is one reference in Revelation 13:8 which says names have been written, but when I checked other translations, some interpreted it as simple past tense, names are written, already there. Some even changed the order of other parts of the sentence to say that the names were written from the foundation of the world. As I said, just speculation, but looking at it this way makes sense to me and holds with everything I’ve found in scripture. May do more study to see if it is supported or contradicted.
7 “…He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”
Full control. No one can alter His plans.
10 “…I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world…”
Flies in the face of those who think that family of God must go through the Tribulation. They either deny the Rapture or believe the family of God must go through the first half of the Tribulation before the Rapture. Their reasoning is that the family must be purified for some reason. This makes no sense for several reasons, but two are largest. First, the only ones who would go through the Tribulation are those living. If the family of God needed purifying, how are all the ones who have died supposed to be purified? Second, to say that Christians somehow need further purification than what Christ provided on the cross is against scripture and completely wrong. God has always taken care of those who trust in Him.
17 “…I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing…”
Pride is always the issue. Gets in the way of everything.
20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
21 “…I will grant to sit with Me on My throne…”
Another reference to reigning with Christ besides the ones in 2 Timothy 2 and Revelation 20.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
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