kjv@Revelation:3:1@ 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.
kjv@Revelation:3:2@ Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
kjv@Revelation:3:3@ 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.
kjv@Revelation:3:4@ 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.
kjv@Revelation:3:5@ 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.
kjv@Revelation:3:6@ He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Works? What works? I thought that everything was strictly by grace? The church at Sardis is of great concern. Individuals remain that have not left or deserted and they shall be rewarded, they are exhorted strengthen that which remains, but, what about the rest of them? Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved by grace however we that hear are exhorted to overcome. Our faith is planted in circumstances that necessitate immediate growth and action, from which our faith only grows stronger. If there are not these works and actions the local church body itself dies away. Avoiding and/or ignoring the work that must be done because of some personal tantrum is spiritually immature.
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