Lesson 149

"The Report Card on The Churches- Part II"

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The lifeless church
1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 Remember 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. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
The obedient church
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
The lukewarm church
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 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. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Lesson No. 149 "The Report Card on The Churches- Part II"

Book of Revelation, Chapter 3                                  05/12/2013        

1)      Note that Jesus describes himself as the Judge to the churches: Chapter 1- 1, 8, 12, and 18, Chapter 2- 1, 7, and 14.

2)      Report card for the churches

Ephesus; verses 1 through 7: The Loveless Church

Smyrna; verses 8 through 11: The Persecuted Church

Pergamos; verses 12 through 17: The Compromising Church

Thyatira; verses 18 through 29: The Corrupt Church

Sardis; verses 1 through 6: The Dead Church

Philadelphia; verses 7 through 13: The Faithful Church

Laodicean; verses 14 through 22: The Lukewarm Church

Sardis; verses 1 through 7: The Loveless Church

         - Good: works, church name, some things remain that are good, few        names not defiled walking with Jesus in white, salvation for some, still time to come alive with love for God and repent

         - Bad: name only, dead hearts, works not perfect, danger of being   blotted from the book of life, some perhaps many will not overcome    and will not walk with Jesus with white robes

Philadelphia; verses71 through 13: The Faithful Church

         - Good: works, open door is set before them, have a little strength, kept   Jesus' word,  have not denied Jesus, kept from the hour of temptation       and trial, hold fast to what they have keeping their crown

         - Bad: those in the church that worship Satan will be made to worship at          their feet and know that the godly are loved by Jesus

Laodiceans; verses 14 through 22: The Lukewarm Church

         - Good: works, invited to attain spiritual wealth from Jesus, obtain a       white robe, eye salve so they can see, rebuked and chasten because      Jesus loves them, called to repent, Jesus is knocking at the door of the           hearts of men and women, granted to sit on the throne with Jesus if they         repent,

         - Bad: neither hot nor cold, spued from Jesus' mouth, spiritually poor,    earthly wealth, need nothing, wretched, miserable, blind, naked

3) Verse 20 is the perfect picture of Jesus wanting to impart 'Grace' to all that call on His name, and answer the 'knocking at the door'!