Sunday, August 23, 2015

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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Chapter 11 (1 0f 3)
SARDIS 
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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; 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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Sardis means "Prince of Joy", but we can see from God's description of the church, that the church is far from it.  Not only had the joy of the Lord (".... For the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10) departed from their life, so did the Holy Spirit and the ability to discern that He had (liken unto that of Samson, Judges 16:20).  The church had deceived them self in believing that all is well in their relationship with God.  When we choose to walk in worldliness and carnal pleasure, after having sincerely given our heart to Christ, not only will God's presence not be with us, neither will His joy.  Here is how God's joy was with Jesus and how His joy will be with us.  When we live our life as Jesus did, in full obedience to the perfect will of God, the same abundant joy that Jesus had will be ours also.
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Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;  therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:9 
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The distinction spoken of in v.1 "the seven Spirits of God," has to do with Jesus having the all-encompassing fullness of God's Spirit within Him.  Another interpretation of this is that this is referring to the personality and character of God.  With this second interpretation, Revelation 5:6 could imply that God's personality and character can be found in every cell and atom of creation.  What ever the exact meaning Jesus is describing Himself this way to Sardis, and it is likely that they understood the meaning. 
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John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;  Revelation 1:4
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And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings  and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.   Revelation 4:5
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And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  Revelation 5:6
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For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell: Colossians 1:19
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Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and notafter Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:     Colossians 2:8-10
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For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even  his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:20 
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Like many churches today the church of Sardis had become a "country club" type of church.  Church where, for the most part, no one was being won to Christ, and the attitude in their gathering together was more for socializing than for prayer and to worship God out of a sincere heart of truth and devotion to Him.  Most likely, because they were "dead" spiritually v.1, persecution of the church was not like that of the other cities, if it existed at all.
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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven 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).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns...and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm
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Most of this past week was sharing with a Unitarian name Bill; defending what Trinitarians are persuaded the Scriptures teach about Jesus being God. Based on the conversation I have already had with Bill it is obvious, like most Liberals and Unitarians he is ignoring a lot of Scriptures to hold to his false conclusions about both Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Unitarians teach only the Father is God; Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not. They also teach the Holy Spirit is not sentient; an “it” instead of “He and Him;” a case against their claim is the word Parakletos which is a “masculine noun,” as found in John chapters 14 – 16 translated “Comforter” [KJV].
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So far Bill continues to demonstrate a limited knowledge about what he believes against Jesus and the history about so many other topics of discussion, learning primarily on the Liberal/Unitarian Theology and history created during the 1800s; one of which falsely claims the Scriptures have been “Hellenized,” meaning Greek and pagan myths have corrupted the Scriptures, which I KNOW is a lie. EVERYTHING the Apostles wrote about and learned from Jesus was SOLELY QUOTED from the Old Testament (Tanak) Canon; quotes primarily from the Greek Septuagint as they had available to them. One example is Hebrews 10:5, it is found in Psalms 40:6-7 of the Greek Septuagint. Bill wants to remain callused against any references that prove Jesus’ DEITY, to make the BLIND claim there are NO DEITY verses in the Bible; totally oblivious to the fact even the corrupted Alexandrian Manuscript still have some in it, and are in the incomplete GNT created by Liberals and Unitarians of the late 1800s.
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Having posted Psalms 45:6-7 and Hebrews 1:8-9 “God thy God,” Bill falsely claims both references are known to be corrupted; this is a blatant LIE and plenty of prove it is. The conversation with Bill is still ongoing, but I see many responses that demonstrate he does not correctly “comprehend” the answers I post for him; this is not an out of the ordinary problem experienced sharing with Unitarians. It takes God’s Spirit to correctly understand the Scriptures, and Unitarians demonstrate in so many answers they do not have the Holy Spirit functioning in their lives, although they would deny it. It is very difficult for me to believe any Unitarian is “born again;” although God is the judge, my opinion still maintains many doubts.
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Samuel    8/23/2015