aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Intersection of Life and Faith

<< Bible Pathway

Bible Pathways - Dec. 24, 2006

  • 2015 Dec 24


Revelation 3

In Today's Reading:

Our Lord's messages to the churches at Sardis and Philadelphia; disapproval of the church at Laodicea; the sealed book

The church in Sardis could boast that there were no false doctrines being taught; but there was an equally serious sin. Unto . . . the church in Sardis write . . . 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. . . . repent (Revelation 3:1-3).

A few names . . . in Sardis . . . have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh . . . I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life (3:4-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus had also said: If ye keep (obey from the heart) My Commandments, ye shall abide in My love (John 15:10; see 15:6).

Jesus commended the church in Philadelphia for their faithfulness, saying: Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou . . . hast kept My Word. . . . I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world (Revelation 3:8,10).

The majority of church members in Laodicea probably congratulated themselves on being moderate and broad-minded. They probably pitied the narrow-minded Christians in other churches. The Laodicean believers prided themselves on their ability to compromise. But Jesus severely condemned this church: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (vomit) thee out of My mouth (3:16). Still, he appealed to them: Be zealous (warm, diligent) therefore, and repent (3:19).

Jesus, the Lord of His Church, is still knocking on doors of men's hearts with the same words of encouragement: I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne (Revelation 3:20-21).

Cross Reference:

For Revelation 3:5: See Exodus 32:32. Revelation 3:12: See Isaiah 62:2. Revelation: 4:2-3: See Ezekiel 1:28. Revelation 4:5: See Zechariah 4:2. Revelation 4:6: See Ezekiel 1:22. Revelation 4:7: See Ezekiel 1:10. Revelation 4:8: See Isaiah 6:2-3.

Word Studies:

3:20 sup = dine, to share spiritual food and fellowship.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for one week of The Arabic International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Thomas W. Beaghen · Government Officials: Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL) Country: Angola (11 million) in west-central Africa Major languages: Portuguese and Bantu dialects Christianity is gradually being driven underground by communism 60% Roman Catholic; 20% Protestant; 5% belief in ancestor spirits, witches, and medicine men Prayer Suggestion: Lift up your prayers with a spirit of thankfulness and praise to the Lord (Psalm 79:13).

Memory Verse for the Week: John 13:34