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Keys to Revelation - Chapter 3

Written by: Capoccia, Tony    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                        Keys to Revelation - Chapter 3

Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

          BIBLE TEXT                                  COMMENTARY

REV 3:1  "To the angel of the            [angel] - messenger, pastor church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the            [seven spirits] - Term for the Holy seven spirits of God and the seven        Spirit (ISA 11:2-3). Jesus gives the stars. I know your deeds; you have        Holy Spirit to those who believe, a reputation of being alive, but          repent, and humbly submit to Him. you are dead.                                                                      [seven stars] - The pastors of the                                           seven churches. Jesus has total con-                                           trol over the church, the pastor,                                           and Christians for their blessing                                           and discipline.   

                                          [alive..but dead] - They appear as                                           a "right on" Christian Church on the                                           outside, but inside they are dead!

REV 3:2  Wake up! Strengthen what        [Wake up] - A warning from Jesus to remains and is about to die, for I        to "fan into flame" the little spark have not found your deeds complete        that is left.  The church is dying in the sight of my God.                  spiritually because the majority of                                           its members are not saved.

REV 3:3  Remember, therefore, what        [Remember..obey..repent] - They are you have received and heard; obey        to remember the Gospel message that it, and repent. But if you do not        was preached and repent and obey it. wake up, I will come like a thief,        [come like thief] - Suddenly He will and you will not know at what time        bring judgment on the church and re- I will come to you.                      move the remaining light.

REV 3:4  Yet you have a few people        [few] - There is a minority of saved in Sardis who have not soiled their      persons in the church, not many, but clothes. They will walk with me,          some. dressed in white, for they are            worthy.                                  [dressed in white] - REV 19:8 "Fine                                           linen, bright and clean, was given                                           her {Christians} to wear. (Fine                                            linen stands for the righteous acts                                           of the saints {after salvation}."

                                          [worthy] - Because we were bought at                                           a great price...the Blood of God!

REV 3:5  He who overcomes will,          [overcomes] - (1JN 5:5) Those who like them, be dressed in white. I        by Faith, and Repentance come to will never blot out his name from        Christ in humble submission. the book of life, but will                acknowledge his name before my            [book of life] - Literal book or Father and his angels.                    record in Heaven that has the names                                           of the redeemed.  Evidence that once                                           saved (overcomer), always saved.                                              REV 20:15  If anyone's name was not                                           found written in the book of life,                                            he was thrown into the lake of fire.

REV 3:6  He who has an ear, let him      See REV 2:7 Comments hear what the Spirit says to the churches. 

REV 3:7  "To the angel of the            [angel] - messenger, pastor church in Philadelphia write: These      are the words of him who is holy          [key of David] -  ISA 22:22 King  and true, who holds the key of            determines who will be allowed in  David. What he opens no one can          the Kingdom and who will be shut  shut, and what he shuts no one can        out.  Jesus opens the doors of    open.                                    salvation for His Elect, but shuts                                           out the Non-Elect for their willful                                           rejection of His mercy and grace. 

REV 3:8  I know your deeds. See, I        [open door] - Jesus has opened the have placed before you an open door      door of ministry to this church, that no one can shut. I know that        which means that they will have many you have little strength, yet you        opportunities to "bring in" God's have kept my word and have not            Elect. denied my name.                                                                    [little strength] - Possibly a small                                           church without social prominence and                                           at the poverty level. But they were                                           "big" in Spiritual strength.

REV 3:9  I will make those who are        [synagogue of Satan] - The false of the synagogue of Satan, who            religion of Judaism.  The true Jew claim to be Jews though they are          is one who truly acknowledges the not, but are liars--I will make          Messiah Jesus Christ. them come and fall down at your feet      and acknowledge that I have loved        [come and fall] - Ironic that those you.                                      who had the truth (Jews) and would                                            not acknowledge that God also loved                                           the Gentiles, will someday come in                                            humility and acknowledge that God                                            loved others besides the Jews.     

REV 3:10  Since you have kept my          [endure patiently] - Something all command to endure patiently, I will      Christians will do because of the also keep you from the hour of            gift of faith within us. trial that is going to come upon          the whole world to test those who        [hour of trial] - Short time of    live on the earth.                        suffering for the earth.  The seven                                           years of the Tribulation Period as                                            compared to the time man has been on                                           the earth.                         

REV 3:11  I am coming soon. Hold on      [Hold on] - Don't give up and turn to what you have, so that no one          back to your old way of life.  The will take your crown.                    true believer will "Hold on" because                                           of the Holy Spirit within them who                                           seals us till the end.

                                          [crown] -  2TI 4:8 "The Crown of                                           Righteousness" given to all the                                           Christians who finish the race,                                           which will be every true believer!

REV 3:12  Him who overcomes I will        [overcomes] - See REV 2:7 Comments. make a pillar in the temple of my        [pillar] - The temple is the Lord God. Never again will he leave it.        God Almighty and the Lamb Jesus I will write on him the name of my        Christ (REV 21:22).  A pillar is God and the name of the city of my        a permanent part of the structure God, the new Jerusalem, which is          so we are again promised Eternal coming down out of heaven from my        Security in God. God; and I will also write on him        my new name.                              [names of God, city, new name of                                           Jesus] - We only know in part and                                           see through a dark glass, but some-                                           day we will know the complete names                                           of our God, City, and Our Savior.

                                          [write] - Either on our skin or                                           clothes we will proudly and joyfully                                           wear the Names of Grace.

REV 3:13  He who has an ear, let          See REV 2:7 Comments. him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. 

REV 3:14  "To the angel of the            [angel] - messenger, pastor church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 

REV 3:15  I know your deeds, that        [cold nor hot] - A cold drink on a you are neither cold nor hot. I          hot day refreshes.  Likewise, a hot wish you were either one or the          drink on a cold day satisfies. other!                                 

REV 3:16  So, because you are            [lukewarm] - A lukewarm drink is lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I        worthless on either a hot or cold am about to spit you out of my            day.  Likewise, those who are mouth.                                    indifferent to the things of God                                           give evidence of their lost state.

REV 3:17  You say, 'I am rich; I          [I am rich] - This is a wealthy have acquired wealth and do not          church who cares more for outward need a thing.' But you do not            appearances than for the condition realize that you are wretched,            of the soul. pitiful, poor, blind and naked.                                                    [blind and naked] - Blind to the                                           gospel and without the fine linen                                           from God (acts of righteousness).

REV 3:18  I counsel you to buy from      [buy..gold] - Instead of buying gold me gold refined in the fire, so you      rings and watches, buy the true gold can become rich; and white clothes        from Christ (The law from your mouth to wear, so you can cover your            is more precious to me than thousands shameful nakedness; and salve to          of pieces of silver or gold. put on your eyes, so you can see.        PSA 119:72)

                                          [white clothes..salve] - Ability to                                           see the truth and have the Faith,                                           to Repent and Submit to Christ then                                           bearing fruit by doing righteous                                           acts (REV 19:8).

REV 3:19  Those whom I love I            A warning to the church that does rebuke and discipline. So be              not feel that they have a problem earnest, and repent.                      and sense no needs.  If they were                                           truly God's children then they would                                           feel the discipline of God.  The                                           lack of discipline means they are                                           not the loved children of the Father                                           and are in great need of repentance.

REV 3:20  Here I am! I stand at the      Jesus calls all mankind to come to door and knock. If anyone hears my        Him, but only those who have been voice and opens the door, I will          elected before the foundation of the come in and eat with him, and he          earth can hear His voice.  The Non- with me.                                  Elect are deaf to the Word of God                                           because of their willful sin.  When                                           a person hears the "Knocking" of the                                           Savior then the Spirit will enable                                           them to get up and submit to Christ                                           in an intimate relationship.

REV 3:21  To him who overcomes, I        [overcomes] - See REV 2:7 Comments. will give the right to sit with me        [sit with me] - Reference to REV on my throne, just as I overcame          20:6 where the Christian is promised and sat down with my Father on his        the privilege of reigning with Christ throne.                                  for the 1,000 year Millennium.

REV 3:22  He who has an ear, let          See REV 2:7 Comments. him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." 

Tony Capoccia BIBLE BULLETIN BOARD Box 130 Shreveport, LA 71110 Modem (318) 949-1456 300/1200/2400/9600 Baud

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