The church in Sardis was doing a very poor job of that. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Compare the note in my English Gnomon of BENGEL, John 21:15-17 . are--The two oldest manuscripts read, "were ready," literally, "were about to die," namely, at the time when you "strengthen" them. Or there may be allusions to the white raiment worn by the priests, and the erasing of the name of any priest out of the sacerdotal list who had either sinned, or was found not to be of the seed of Aaron. My thought as you have written. (4.) 1832. While we certainly have personal responsibility, I attribute this largely to the leaders. He seemed much pleased that the benighted state of his nation had excited the attention of strangers. I stand at the door: Sadly, Jesus stood on the outside, knocking to get in. "When I last wrote to you, I was on the point of setting out on a short excursion into Asia Minor. “This is the worst of the seven Churches, and yet the most eminent of all the promises are made to it, showing that the worst may repent, finally conquer, and attain even to the highest state of glory.” (Clarke), “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”. Yet it was a wealthy city, situated at the junction of several important roads and … shutteth--So Vulgate and Syriac Versions read. I trusted that in its utmost trials it would not have been suffered to perish utterly, and I heard with surprise that not a vestige of it remained. It would behove us to thoroughly study the scriptural concept of holiness as applied to YHVH. 10. The Lord alludes to Hosea 12:8 . He that conquers not is not crowned, therefore every promise is here made to him that is faithful unto death. a. See the note on Exodus 32:32. If therefore thou shalt not watch - If you do not consider your ways, watching against sin, and for opportunities to receive and do good. "He that overcometh" shall receive the same reward as they who "have not defiled their garments" ( Revelation 3:4 ); therefore the two are identical. But it may mean pure and undefiled religion, or that grace or Divine influence which produces it, which is more valuable to the soul than the purest gold to the body. He observes the spirituality of people to see if it’s genuine. – Revelation 3:7-13, NAU. I have set before thee an open door - I have opened to thee a door to proclaim and diffuse my word; and, notwithstanding there are many adversaries to the spread of my Gospel, yet none of them shall be able to prevent it. Compare Solomon 5:4-6 , which is plainly alluded to here; the Spirit thus in Revelation sealing the canonicity of that mystical book. His dealings towards them will depend on theirs towards Him. So the Philippian jailer before Paul. His determinations all stand fast, and none can reverse them. If we are, we can change and become one of Jesus’ overcomers. Be zealous - Be in earnest, to get your souls saved, They had no zeal; this was their bane. They had good dispositions which were captivated by evil ones, and they had evil dispositions which in their turn yielded to those that were good; and the Divine justice and mercy seem puzzled to know what to do to or with them. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. It is good to remember that if these letters are a prophecy of the course of church history, this is their secondary significance. Tit 2:13; 3:4). the things which remain--Strengthen those thy remaining few graces, which, in thy spiritual deadly slumber, are not yet quite extinct [ALFORD]. I love you deeply as My friend.”, ii. Travelling hastily, as I was constrained to do from the circumstances of my situation, the information I could procure was necessarily superficial and unsatisfactory. "Thou oughtest to be one kind of man, either a good man or a bad man.". All rights reserved. TRENCH notices; The order of the promises in the seven epistles corresponds to that of the unfolding of the kingdom of God its first beginnings on earth to its consummation in heaven. We find the “Spirits” and the “stars,” i.e. . . As the elect angels are beyond the possibility of falling, being now under (as the Schoolmen say) "the blessed necessity of goodness," so shall the saints be. For no defilement shall enter the heavenly city. I will spue thee out of my mouth - He alludes here to the known effect of tepid water upon the stomach; it generally produces a nausea. “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, a. This Yeshua teaches in Matthew 5:19. to read commentary, definitions, meanings, and notesfor that i. livest . The Church in latter times was apparently flourishing; for one of the councils at which the canon of Scripture was determined was held in Laodicea in A.D. 361. But it is not likely that the Spirit repeats the same exhortation virtually to Sardis as to Ephesus. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. The color of, This is meant to be both an encouragement and a warning. The New Testament formula, "Amen. The choice we make will determine whether we will be the least or the greatest in his kingdom (Matt 5:19). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. To the degree that we subscribe to false concepts about him is to the degree that he cannot use us for his purposes. Jesus says, “I know the beautiful black that the world can clothe you in. This was the city which Abraham looked for. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. true--Greek, "alethinos": "VERY God," as distinguished from the false gods and from all those who say that they are what they are not ( Revelation 3:9 ):real, genuine. “The deipnon was the main meal of the day and was a leisurely affair, not a hurried snack.” (L. Morris) This speaks of fellowship. Whichever the case, only a few true believers remained and were faithful to Christ. The Laodiceans were in spiritual things cold comparatively, but not cold as the world outside, and as those who had never belonged to the Church. The dignity and grandeur of it who can conceive? blot out . I will--Greek, "I am about to," "I am ready to": I have it in my mind: implying graciously the possibility of the threat not being executed, if only they repent at once. They set the example. Yeshua demands total and unreserved commitment from his disciples. Their worshipping before her feet expresses the convert's willingness to take the very lowest place in the Church, doing servile honor to those whom once they persecuted, rather than dwell with the ungodly. 16. neither cold nor hot--So one oldest manuscript, B, and Vulgate read. As the thief gives no notice of his approach. i. Revelation 3:9, Worship/bow down before your feet. I felt that here that unhappy time was come when men should 'turn away their ears from the truth, and be turned unto fables.' The city of Philadelpia was about twenty-eight miles southeast of Sardis. He now stirs them up to diligence in the use of the means of grace and repentance for their past sins and remissness. The heart-attitude of the bride is: your people will be my people, your Elohim will be mine, and where you go, I will go. About three miles from Laodicea is Denizli, which has been styled (but I am inclined to think erroneously) the ancient Colosse; it is a considerable town, with about four hundred Christians, Greeks, and Armenians, each of whom has a church.
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