Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hear What The Spirit Says To The Churches

Revelation 3:1-22 NIV

To the Church in Sardis

1“To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

These Are The WORDS of HIM Who Holds the Seven SPIRITS of GOD and the seven stars.

I Know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I Have Found your deeds unfinished in the Sight of My GOD. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I Will Come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I Will Come to you.

4Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with ME, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. 

I Will Never Blot Out the name of that person from the Book of Life, but Will Acknowledge that name before My FATHER and His angels. 

6Whoever has ears, let them hear what The SPIRIT Says to the churches.

To the Church in Philadelphia

7“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These Are The WORDS of HIM Who Is Holy and True, Who Holds the key of David. What HE Opens no one can shut, and What HE Shuts no one can open. 

8I Know your deeds. See, I Have Placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I Know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My WORD and have not denied My Name. 9I Will Make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I Will Make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I Have Loved you. 10Since you have kept My Command to endure patiently, I Will also Keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

11 I AM Coming Soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12The one who is victorious I Will Make a pillar in the Temple of My GOD. 

Never again will they leave it. I Will write on them The Name of My GOD 

and The Name of the City of My GOD, the New Jerusalem, 

which is coming down out of Heaven from My GOD; and I Will also Write on them My New Name. 13Whoever has ears, let them hear what The SPIRIT Says to the churches.

To the Church in Laodicea

14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These Are The WORDS of The Amen, The Faithful and True Witness, The Ruler of GOD’s creation. 

15I Know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I Wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I AM about to Spit you out of My Mouth. 17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18I Counsel you to buy from ME gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I Love I Rebuke and Discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20Here I AM! I Stand at the door and Knock. 

If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I Will Come In and Eat with that person, and they with ME.

21To the one who is victorious, I Will Give the right to sit with ME on My Throne, Just As I Was victorious and Sat Down with My FATHER on His Throne. 

22Whoever has ears, let them hear what THE SPIRIT Says to the churches.”

What Is Christ's New Name?

“GOD Highly Exalted HIM, and Bestowed on HIM The Name Which Is above every name.”, Philippians 2:9

GOD Exalted CHRIST by Giving HIM a New Name.

In today’s verse a question that arises is, What Is The Name that is above every name? To be consistent with Scripture, it has to be a name that goes beyond merely distinguishing one person from another. It has to be a name that describes CHRIST’s Nature—revealing something of His Inner Being. Only such a name would cause HIM to be clearly ranked above all others. Paul wasn’t referring to a comparative name, but a superlative name—one that would set CHRIST above and beyond all comparison.

Change of name in Scripture indicates the commencement of a unique relationship. When GOD established His Covenant with Abram, HE Changed his name to “Abraham” (Gen. 17:5). When GOD entered into a unique relationship with Jacob, HE Gave him the name “Israel” (Gen. 32:22-32). In the New Testament, JESUS Called a man named Simon to follow HIM, then Gave him a new name: Peter (Matthew 16:18). Those names were given to mark a definite stage in a person’s life.

God has done that throughout redemptive history. Philippians 2:9 affirms that God gave Christ a Name. He already had many Names—JESUS, CHRIST, Son of Man, SON of GOD, MESSIAH—but HE Received a New Name.

Some assume that the new name is JESUS because verse 10 says, “At the Name of JESUS every knee should bow.” But that wasn’t a New Name; It Was bestowed at birth (see Matthew 1:21). Nor is The Name JESUS above every other name (there have been a lot of people named Jesus). The only Name mentioned in Philippians 2:9-11 that is above every name Is Lord.

In verse 11 Paul says, “Every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST Is LORD.” 

That Is The Only Name God Gave Christ That Is above every name. Whoever Is Lord Is in control.

Let us exalt Christ our LORD by offering HIM Praise and living a holy life.

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