Sunday, April 22, 2018

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  11 (2 of 3)
S A R D I S
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. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 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. 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. 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. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  Revelation 3:1-6
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In verse 2-3, "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent..." God's command to the believers in Sardis is to become vigilant, repent of being self-satisfied, content, and unconcerned, or I will bring swift judgment upon you.  The majority of the Believers in Sardis had become what God calls cold, neither lukewarm nor hot.  Their walk with him had become unacceptable, "I have not found thy works perfect before God."
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Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matthew 24:42
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:13
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Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.   Mark 13:35-37
Although these scriptures speak of Jesus' return for His church, the attitude of God is no different concerning discipline.  As in Revelation 3:2 the same Greek word translated "watchful" and those in Matthew and Mark translated "watch" is used, thus Jesus' exhortation is in reference to vigilanceWe are to build upon, and fortify our resolve to obey God's perfect will for our life, TO LIVE IT.  If we choose not to correct ourselves, God will do it when we least expect it, v3.  This attitude of God is the same if we are not being vigilant to maintain a deep intimate relationship with Him, when He comes for His Saints we will be left behind *(foolish virgins).
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.  Hebrews 6:8
We are not to allow the seeming delay of Jesus' return to cause us to become complacent in our walk with Christ, as we grow older in Him.  Our walk with the Lord should become much deeper, more intimate with each passing day.  We are to become more passionate, and hungry to be used by Him to be a manifestation of His glory, power, and abundant life that only He can give, even in our "golden years."  Our age is not a barrier to God using us to effect change for His kingdom, to be used for why He created us, and let us continue to live. (Abraham and Sarah are good examples)
It is with this, as God said to Sardis, He says to us, who have forgotten, "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent."  The Word of God declares it, and those who have revelation from God preach and write about it, TAKE HEED AND REPENT!  I shared earlier "God allows difficulties and bad experiences to happen to us to draw us closer to Him, not to cause us to abandon Him."  We learn obedience through the things we suffer (temptation, trials, testing, and discipline).  If we choose not to do something about this ourselves, then as a Father to a son or daughter, God will.  God therefore says, remember.  In verse 3 the Lord continues, "If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief (unexpected), and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  2 Peter 1:5-9
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  Luke 21:36
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For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works  (deeds, acts, labors) is dead also. James 2:26
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It is true that we are saved by grace through faith and that there is nothing we can do, no good moral deed, nor anything that could merit salvation on our part.  There is nothing that we can do that would cause God to pardon our sin and grant us access to eternal life, for the exception of repenting of our sin to accept God's gift of salvation, this God has established to be a fact.  Good works do not save us, but holy living or more specifically, obedience to God's perfect will for our life, His every desire which He speaks to us being fulfilled, after repentance, guarantees the salvation of our soul through and by grace and faith when we pass from this life.

We must read and study God's word and be faithful to prayer daily, fasting, church attendance, and to fellowship (sharing what God reveals to us about His word and Himself) with one another.  We are to be faithful to do what we can do without God's help, and trust Him to help us to do what we cannot do without His help.  It is when we become complacent, lack vigilance, and choose to forget the exhortations of God's word, as well as not doing those necessary things that will strengthen our walk with God, those things that will cause intimate fellowship with Him, that will cause use to fall under His WRATH instead of His FAVOR.
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MyFaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuelsiders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on FaceBook can be found on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over eight years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an Apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jude 3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” 
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This past week continued with a discussion about Logos and Jesus being Deity like His Father, Obedience to the Mosaic Ethical Laws, God’s Day of Rest Sabbath, and the Patriarchal Covenant Laws not being the Ethical Laws. Trinity was another topic that needed to be explained to validate Jesus being Deity does not make Him Almighty God who His Father is, and God’s Personal Spirit the Holy Spirit is deity because Almighty God is deity, all three with functions and purposes to distiquish them as separate identities, but not 3 God’s (polytheism). The Father is Almighty God, Jesus the ONLY begotten Son being deity is subservient to Him who calls Jesus God also, and God’s personal Spirit is subservient to BOTH the Father and Son. I have explained in the past that this is why Matthew 28:19 says Father Son and Holy Spirit in this order of arrangement; the Holy Spirit does what the Father and Son tell Him to do. The Nicene Creed using the word “persons” is a stumbling block for some trying to explain Trinity Theology and why I prefer “identities,” the word “persons” cause some to think of them as all having physical bodies when Only Jesus had a physical body; therefore to prevent that kind of thinking I use the word “identities.”
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The Latin name Lucifer and his Hebrew name Heylel, was a discussion of which some are falsely taught he does not exist; Gnostic dogma helps to fuel that error. There are many variations of Gnosticism that makes it a fact they do not agree on everything yet flowing in the same Satanic direction of denials and contradictions not taught by Jesus and the Apostles. Gnostics, like Muslims, twist and pervert the Scriptures to deceive those more naïve and gullible than they.
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One individual wanted to combine the Quran with both Canons of Bible because all three are call Abrahamic Religions. When I shared Islam is not Judaism therefore Islam is not worthy to be called Abrahamic because of its perversions and contradictions contrary to both Canons of the Bible, the discussion did not end in agreement. Islam teaches against Jesus is Lord and Savior who came to save BOTH Israelis and Gentiles, and when shared with a person named Theo that is false, he wanted Scripture to prove it; I shared that he has just proven how poor his knowledge of the Bible is if he needs me to provide Scripture for what he should already know exist for himself. Muslims are taught to use Scriptures in the Bible that agree with those in the Quran to convert people to Islam; those who are not Truly Born Again and resist Trinity Theology are more susceptible to apostate to Islam and as a result many do or fall into multiple compromises like Chislam or the Rabbis and Catholic Church with the Gnostics, which the Apostles WARNED against doing.
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It is easy for me to conclude Islam and Gnosticism are “bed fellows” because of how many Muslims over the years like to quote Gnostic writings. Kabbalah is Rabbinic Gnostic Mysticism’s substitute for the Holy Spirit contrary to what Jesus and the Apostles taught about Him, and Islam has its own Gnostic Mysticism called Sufism; BOTH Kabbalah and Sufism have similar Gnostic mystic teachings. There are many who confuse Israelis being called “God’s chosen people” means that all of them will receive eternal life, when that title does not mean that at all. What follows is the response I posted to explain that statement.
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“Being called "God's chosen people" for an Israeli has nothing to do with one receiving eternal life, it has to do with the "Ministry/Mission" they were called of God to do, to evangelize the world, which was to return all world cultures back to the ONE true God from the pagan polytheistic Satanist practices they had fallen into. It is for this reason God required a Higher Standard of the Israelis above all other Cultures as an example of what God requires of ALL Humanity, giving Laws that required Faith Atonement and Obedience to receive eternal life; those who failed in these three requirements would not receive eternal life [Psalms 11:5-7, Isaiah 66:24, Daniel 12:1].
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There came a point when they became complacent and self absorbed against evangelizing the Gentiles, which the Gospels validate; Jesus changed this failure for those who receive Him as Lord and Savior of their life to commission us [Israeli and Gentile Christians] to Evangelized all Cultures of the world and thereby calling those who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior God’s “chosen and elect.” God no longer honors Mosaic Covenant Judaism as His Plan of Salvation. The Plan of Salvation that God only honors now is New Covenant Judaism [BIBLICAL Christianity] through Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life which includes ALL Humanity BOTH Israeli and Gentile.”
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Samuel Siders   4/22/2018 [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]