(From: REVELATION #5 - 3:1-22)
H. 3:1-6 SARDIS: CHURCH WITH A DEAD ORTHODOXY
a. 3:1 A DEVASTATING APPRAISAL OF DEATH
Kai toagGEloen SARde-sin ek-kleSIas GRApson:
And to the angel :of the church in Sardis write:
TAde LEgei ho Echon ta hepTA PNEUma-ta tou TheOU, kai tous hepTA aSTEras: OI-DA sou ta ERga,
These thingssays he that has the seven Spirits of :God, and the seven stars: I know your :works,
HOti Ono-ma Echeis HOti zes , kai neKROS  ei.
that you have a name that you live, and are dead.
b. 3:2 EXHORTATION: RETRIEVE WHAT POSSIBLE
GInou gre-goRON , kai STEri-son  ta loiPA, ha Emel-lon a-po-thaNEIN :
Become watchful, and stablish the things remaining, which were about to die:
ou gar HEUreKA  sou ERga pe-ple-roMEna eNOpi-on tou TheOU mou.
for I have not found your works perfected before my :God.
c. 3:3a Remember therefore how you have received and did hear; and keep it, and repent.
mneMOneu-e  oun pos EIle-phas  kai Ekou-sas; kai TErei , kai me-taNOe-son.
d. 3:3b WARNING: CHRIST IS A THIEF TO THE CARELESS
eAN oun megre-goRE-ses , Exohos KLEPtes ,
If therefore you shall not watch, I will come as a thief,
kai ou megnos POIan HOran HExoePI se.
and you shall in no wise know what hour I will come upon you.
e. 3:4 COMMENDATION FOR THE FAITHFUL FEW
alLA Echeis oLIga oNOma-ta en SARde-sin ha ouk eMOlu-nan  ta hiMAti-a auTON:
But you have a few names in Sardis that did not defile their :garments:
kai pe-ri-paTEsou-sin  met’ eMOU en leuKOIS; HOti AxiOI  ei-sin.
and they shall walk with me in white; because they are worthy.
f. 3:5 PROMISES TO OVERCOMERS
HO niKON  HOUtos pe-ri-baLEItai  en hi-maTIois leuKOIS;
Who overcomes shall thus be arrayed in white garments;
kai ou mee-xaLEIpso to Ono-ma auTOU ek tes BIBlou tes zo-ES,
and I will in no wise blot his :name out of the book of :life,
kai ho-mo-loGEsoto Ono-ma auTOU eNOpi-on tou paTROS mou, kai eNOpi-on ton agGElon auTOU.
and I will confess his :name before my :Father, and before his :angels.
g. 3:6 Who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
HO Echon ous, a-kouSAtoti to PNEUma LEgei tais ek-kleSIais.
I. 3:7-13 PHILADELPHIA: A CHURCH FULFILLING IDEAL OF FAITHFULNESS
a. 3:7-8 ENCOURAGING WORD TO A STRUGGLING CHURCH
Kai toagGElotes en Phi-la-delPHIa ek-kleSIas GRApson:TAde LEgei ho HAgi-os, ho a-le-thiNOS ,
And to the angel :of the church in Philadelphia write: These thingssays the holy one, the true,
ho Echon ten klein  DauID, ho aNOIgon  kai ouDEIS KLEIsei ,
that has the key of David, who opens and none shall shut,
kai KLEIon kai ouDEIS aNOIgei: OI-DA sou ta ERga (Idou, DEdo-ka eNOpiON sou
and who shuts and none opens: 8I know your :works (lo, I have set before you
THUran  e-ne-ogMEnen, hen ouDEIS DUna-tas KLEIsai auTEN,)
a door opened, which none can shut it),
HOti miKRAN Echeis DUna-min, kai eTEreSAS  mou ton LOgon, kai ouk erNEsoto OnoMA mou.
that you have a little power, and did keep my :word, and did not deny my :name.
b. 3:9 ENEMIES OF THE CHURCH: FORCED TO ACKNOWLEDGE CHRIST’S LOVE
iDOU, diDOek tes su-na-goGES tou Sa-taNA,
Lo, I give of the synagogue of :Satan,
ton leGONton he-auTOUS IouDAIous  EInai, kai ouk eiSIN, alLA PSEUdon-tai ;
of them that say they are Jews, and are not, but lie;
iDOU, poiEsoauTOUS HIna HExou-sin kai pros-kuNEsou-sin 
lo, I will make them to come and worhip
eNOpi-on ton poDON sou, kai GNOsin HOti eGOeGApeSA se.
before your :feet, and to know that I have loved you.
c. 3:10 REWARD FOR FAITHFULNESS: SPARED FROM HOUR OF TRIAL
HOti eTEre-sas ton LOgon tes hu-po-moNES  mou, ka’ ’GOse teREsoek tes HOras tou pei-rasMOU,
Because you did keep the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of the trial,
tes melLOUses ERches-thai ePI tes oi-kouMEnes  HOles,
which hour is to come upon the whole inhabited earth,
peiRAsai tous ka-toiKOUNtas  ePI tes ges.
to try them that dwell upon the earth.
d. 3:11 I come quickly: hold fast what you have, that no one take your :crown.
ERcho-mai taCHU: KRAtei ho Echeis, HIna meDEIS LAbe ton STEphaNON  sou.
e. 3:12 PROMISES TO OVERCOMERS
HO niKON , poiEsoauTON STUlon  en tonaO tou TheOU mou,
Who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my :God,
kai Exoou meeXELtheEti: kai GRApsoep’ auTON to Ono-ma tou TheOU mou,
and he shall go out thence no more: and I will write upon him the name of my :God,
kai to Ono-ma tes POle-os tou TheOU mou, tes kaiNES  Ie-rou-saLEM,
and the name of the city of my :God, the new Jerusalem,
heka-taBAInou-sa  ek tou ou-raNOU aPO tou TheOU mou, kai to OnoMA mou to kaiNON.
which comes down out of the heaven from my :God, and my :new :name.
f. 3:13 Who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
ho Echon ous, a-kouSAtoti to PNEUma LEgei tais ek-kleSIais.
J. 3:14-22 LAODICEA: A LUKEWARM CHURCH - ABHORRED BY CHRIST
a. 3:14-15 CHRIST’S JUDGMENT: “A LUKEWARM CHURCH.”
Kai to agGElotes en La-o-diKIa ek-kleSIas GRApson: TAde LEgei ho A-MEN,
And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These thingssays the Amen,
ho MARtus ho piSTOS kai ho a-le-thiNOS , hearCHE tes KTIse-os  tou TheOU:
the faithful and the true :witness, the beginning of the creation :of God:
OI-DA sou ta ERga, HOti OUte psuCHROS  ei OUte zeSTOS :
15 I know your :works, that you are neither cold nor hot:
Ophe-lon  psuCHROS es ezeSTOS.
I would you were cold or hot.
b. 3:16 JUDGMENT UPON THE LUKEWARM: VOMITED OUT
HOUtos HOti chli-aROS  ei, kai OUte zeSTOS OUte psuCHROS,
So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold,
MELlose eMEsai ek tou STOmaTOS mou.
I am about to spew you out of my :mouth.
c. 3:17-18 CHRIST’S 3-FOLD COUNSEL
HOti LEgeis [HOti], PLOUsiOS ei-mi, kai pePLOUte-ka, kai ouDEN CHREIan  Echo;
Because you say [that], I am rich, and have become rich, and have need of nothing;
kai ouk OIdas HOti su ei ho taLAIpo-ros
and know not that you are the wretched
kai e-leiNOS  kai ptoCHOS  kai tuPHLOS  kai gumNOS :
and miserable and poor and blind and naked:
sum-bouLEUo soi a-goRAsai par’ eMOU chruSIon  pe-pu-roMEnon  ek puROS,
18 I counsel you to buy of me gold refined by fire,
HIna plouTEses; kai hiMAti-a leuKA, HIna pe-riBAle.
that you be rich; and white garments, that you be clothed
kai mepha-ne-roTHEheaisCHUne tes gumNOteTOS  sou,
and the shame of your :nakedness be not manifested,
kai kolLUri-on  egCHRIsai  tous oph-thalMOUS sou, HIna BLEpes.
and eyesalve to anoint your :eyes, that you see.
d. 3:19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
eGO HOsous eAN phiLO, eLEGcho kai paiDEUo: ZEleu-e  oun, kai me-taNOe-son.
e. 3:20 CHRIST COMMUNES WHEN INVITED IN
I-DOU, ESte-ka ePI ten THUran kai KROUo:
Lo, I stand at the door and knock:
eAN tis aKOUsetes phoNES mou kai aNOIxe ten THUran,
if any hear my :voice and open the door,
ei-seLEUso-mai  pros auTON, kai deipNEso met auTOU, kai auTOS met’ eMOU.
I will come in unto him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
f. 3:21 PROMISE TO OVERCOMER: SHARING IN THE THRONE
HO niKON, DOsoauTOkaTHIsai met’ eMOU
Who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me
en toTHROno mou, hos ka’ ’GOeNIke-sa,
in my :throne, as I also overcame,
kai eKAthi-sa meTA tou paTROS mou en toTHROnoauTOU.
and sat down with my :Father in his :throne.
g. 3:22 Who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
HO Echon ous, a-kouSAtoti to PNEUma LEgei tais ek-kleSIais.
NOTE:Sardismeans “Things Remaining.” It is linked with the Perizzitespirit of the 7 Canaanitish nations. Of the 7 Capital Sins, Apathyor Passivitycharacterizes this nation.O Father, Put in us a Fighting Spirit on behalf of Your Kingdom! Take us out of the Kindergarten stage, and make us Intercessors like John Knox who travailed and in agony cried out – “Give me Scotland, or I’ll die!” We need to break through the materialistic spirit of much of the world, especially in the United States, Canada and Europe. Put in our hearts the spirit to sing “Rise up, O men of God – Have donewith lesser things.” God is angry with the nations putting pressure on Israel to give up their land and capital for a fictitious peace. May the Evangelical pastors and people of our nation become overcoming Christian Zionists!
Philadelphiais the City Church of brotherly love.The Hittitespirit of angerwould seek innocuously to encroach upon the heritage of Philadelphia. Vigilanceis the eternal price of liberty. Take nothing for granted. We in the United States have not only nearly lost our heritage left to us by our Founding Fathers – but the die may already be cast – we may already have reached the point of no return. We have so abused and treated lightly our privileges – that only judgment awaits us. But perhaps like Nineveh – the warning prophecy of a Jonah might waken us up to drastic action and stave off the dreadful day!
Laodiceahas a goal meaning Righteous People.But how can a lukewarmpeople live up to such a noble title? The Canaanitespirit of greedhas inundated our land! Owners want to sell their property at exorbitant prices. Buyers want to chisel them down to bargain prices. Can such a church be awakened? Hear again the sober challenge of Jesus – “Who has an ear – Let him hearwhat the Spirit says to the churches.” And – let all the churches hear the word of the Spirit.
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