LOVE LETTERS SERIES
NUMBER FIVE – THE CHURCH AT SARDIS
BY: JACKIE CAPORASO
MESSAGE NO. 183
A DECEPTIVE APPEARANCE
THE DEFINITION OF DEAD
THE LITTLE CHILDREN
THE STANDARD OF THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD
WALK IN WHITE
THE WORDS OF A FAITHFUL SCRIBE
I WILL NOT BLOT OUT HIS NAME
Located on the road to Philadelphia, near the border of Turkey, Sardis was situated amid pagan temples and heathen worship. It boasted a large and wealthy Jewish community and an assembly of zealous Christians, which were highly respected for their many charitable works. It was this church at Sardis that the Resurrected Lord Jesus visited as He spoke to His beloved John by the Spirit on the Lord’s Day.
When we compare our Lord’s address to Sardis with the way He spoke to the other six churches, we find a notable difference. Here there are no commendations, no acclamations, and no compliments for anything good that they may have done.
In the other churches, He strongly reproached some for their wickedness, while many were commendable. However in Sardis, He revealed that evil was present among all with only very few exceptions.
This church had no Balaam, no Jezebel, no Nicolaitans, but perhaps worse than any of these, they gave the appearance of being vibrant and spiritually healthy when indeed they were spiritually deaf, blind and even DEAD. Their faith was now in their many zealous works and not in the Lord, and all that was left was a form of godliness, but NO LIFE.
The Lord appeared to them fully vested with the manifold Spirits of God. He desired to find those whose hearts were opened to receive the truth that they so desperately needed to hear.
Jesus declares to them, “These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive but you are dead.” (Rev. 3:1) They surely expected to receive accolades; this is what everyone else always gave them, and they must have been cut to the quick when Jesus said, “You are DEAD!”
From all appearances, they were very much alive and filled with zeal. They called themselves by His name but Jesus continues to explain, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” (Rev. 3:2-3)
A DECEPTIVE APPEARANCE
The Christians of Sardis had acquired an outstanding reputation in the town. They were well known for their lively meetings, their works, and their amiable and friendly personalities. Who could have guessed that our Lord would pronounce them dead? How could He say that their good works were all a facade and that underneath it all it was unacceptable? They offered many activities that pleased the people and thus attracted many to their services, but the Lord said that they were DEAD.
We would all be shocked if the Lord gave us His insight into some of the churches that we have held in high esteem. I remember dreams that the Lord gave me when I first came into the light. Some of the churches He showed me were infested with snakes, roaches, rats and all types of vermin, yet the people could not see them.
He showed me other churches with dead bodies laying into compartments in the walls, as they have in the morgues; these were actually the people in attendance. It was unbelievable and dreadful to see. I remember vividly a dream I had about a very popular evangelist at the time. This man was revered by many and by me as well.
In the dream, “I saw this very famous evangelist sitting on a throne chair in the middle of a town square. Many people were milling around him, listening to his every word and admiring him. As I looked closer, I saw that the man was actually a skeleton. He had been dead a long time, but the people that pressed around him were unable to see that.” When I awoke, I was horrified. I could not believe that this nice looking and very popular evangelist was actually DEAD in God’s eyes.
How could God call this man of God who was calling so many to repentance and bringing them to the fold, DEAD? Was he not doing a good work for God? He was, and still is, calling many unto repentance. He was able to fill up auditoriums and football arenas with those who sang the praises of God. Thousands came out of their seats and walked to the front of the podium to kneel down and give their hearts to Jesus.
Was this not the work of God? Why would the Lord send me such a word? This has often troubled me. Was this a repeat of what was happening in Sardis? They were doing wonderful works among the people, and they were bringing many into the fold, but the Word that the Lord sent to them was, “You have a name (reputation) that you are alive, but you are DEAD!”
THE DEFINITION OF DEAD
Many years ago, someone loaned me a book by Henry Drummond entitled, “Natural Law in a Spiritual world.” The book has been out of print a long time, but I saw that it is now available on Amazon for a pricey sum. Henry Drummond was a notable lecturer, evangelist and professor of theology in Scotland during the nineteenth century. He wrote many books but it was this one and his work on the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians (The Greatest Thing in the World) that brought him fame.
I do not recommend that anyone get this book. I believe that the Holy Spirit has moved us on since his writings, but he is nevertheless a voice of confirmation from the past. One of the keys that he opens for us is in the verse written by Paul, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…” (Rom.1:20)
There is nothing in the invisible spiritual realm that does not have a counterpart or a representation in the natural visible realm. God Himself is seen in the things that are made. This is so simple and yet so powerful. To quote Henry Drummond, “Nature is not a mere image or emblem of the Spiritual. It is a working model of the Spiritual. In the Spiritual World the same wheels revolve – but without the iron.”
When we understand this, those who teach spiritual sensationalism to dazzle and seduce can never dupe us. God never moves by sensational means, He does not stir up the natural senses or the emotional side of men; God is Spirit and connects to us by the Spirit.
The Son of God was simply born a little babe in a manger – no frills, no fanfares, nothing to create a supernatural stir. Only those who were seeking a sign from God, waiting for the promised event, recognized the alignment of the stars in the sky.
The Christians of Sardis were spiritually DEAD. Spiritual death finds its counterpart in physical death. When man has no communication with his environment, he is in a state of Death.
Henry Drummond wrote, “The definition of Death which science has given us is this: A falling out of correspondence (contact) with environment. When for example, a man loses the sight of his eyes, his correspondence with the environing world is curtailed. His life is limited in an important direction; he is less living than he was before… When all possible correspondences have ceased, when the nerves decline to respond to any stimulus, when the lungs close their gates against the air, when the heart refuses to correspond with the blood by so much as another beat, the insensate corpse is wholly and forever dead. In like manner, the soul which has no correspondence with the spiritual environment is spiritually dead.” (End of quote)
To be ‘spiritually dead’ is to be incapable of contact with the realm of God’s Spirit. Some have contact with the realm of evil spirits, but they cannot see or enter into the realm of God’s Spirit. This is what Jesus once explained to Nicodemus, “…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” One who is only born of flesh and blood cannot see or enter into the realm of God’s Spirit; that one is DEAD.
The Lord with the seven Spirits of God was looking to find those who would recognize Him. Only those who had been able to hear by the Spirit could do so. He found a few but they were barely there. Most of them could not recognize the One who appeared with the true Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might and the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
They could have recognized someone famous for doing many wonderful works, but they could not recognize the True. They did not recognize Him as being of God because they had been worshipping the God of works. They will not recognize you if you do not belong to a church that is known for its many good works. How many times have we been asked, “What church do you belong to?” “Who is your covering?” If we say that the Word is our all-sufficient covering, they conclude that we are deceiving ourselves. This is because they have not yet had the experience of receiving the living Word directly in their hearts; they are so accustomed to hear it from another that they believe that they are not called to hear for themselves. This is very good for babes, but when those who should be spiritual adults are still nursing at the breast, something is wrong with the picture.
When Jesus began to “show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day, Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You.’ But He turned and said to Peter, Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matt. 16:21-23)
Peter had been walking close to Jesus, yet like so many in Israel at the time, he did not recognize His purpose. He thought that Jesus was going to be the next King of the Jews and that He would replace the terrible King Herod who had caused them so much suffering.
Peter was not mindful of the things of God; he was not yet spiritual. It takes a quickening from God’s Spirit to become spiritual. It cannot be acquired by works, by prayers or by simply yearning for it. It is an anointing that comes only when the Spirit deems it to be the right time in a person’s life. Until one can see the Kingdom and enter into it, one is Dead or at least partially Dead.
This does not mean that those who are doing the many works and sitting in their pews listening to the dead letter of the Law, will never be quickened to life. There is a season for them too, but at this time, Jesus is looking for those who have been born of the Spirit and are ready to follow Him in His mission.
The Law of God brings to Christ and so Jesus taught that He did not come to destroy the Law and the Prophets; He came to fulfill. The teaching of the Law and the Prophets will remain until all who are to come to Christ will come. “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:18)
THE LITTLE CHILDREN
Jesus told the disciples, “In my Father’s house there are many mansions.” This means that in God there are many levels of being, or dwelling places or dimensions. Paul explained that there are three levels of resurrection life, one as the stars, another as the moon and one even as the sun. We have studied this in the past. This has its counterpart in the natural world as well. There are levels of intelligence and talents and not all are the same.
Even at the present time, there are some who are called to be disciples and others who are spiritually immature; they are children. Jesus went as far as making a difference between those who would sit on His right Hand and on His left. One day, the mother of John and James came to kneel before Jesus and petitioned for her sons, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”
To which Jesus answered, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They said to Him, ‘We are able!” So He said to them ‘You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” (Matt. 20:21-23)
These powerful words reveal that not all have the same status in the Kingdom of God. The higher the place, the more is required and the lower one must come down; not all are prepared for that. This is why, when the little children came to Jesus so that He might lay His hands on them and pray, He told His disciples, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 19:14)
Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is made up of many “little children.” These are not necessarily children according to their physical age; they are children because they are spiritually immature. They cannot understand the deeper things of God and they are not called to lay down their lives and be prepared to do the greater works; they are to be obedient and they have need to be nurtured.
Just as a parent must never shame their children for not understanding things that are too complicated for their age, we cannot expect the little children of the kingdom to understand the deeper things of God; we can only take them from where they are and show them a good example.
Jesus scolded Peter because He knew that Peter could hear from the Father; Peter was not a little child. When Jesus asked him, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter had answered correctly that Jesus was the Son of God. So when Peter came against Jesus for thinking of going to the cross, the Lord did not mince words with him, “Get behind Me, Satan!”
The Lord came to Sardis as the One with the seven Spirits of God because He was looking for those who would measure up to the standard.
THE STANDARD IS THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD
The Lord introduced Himself as “He who has the seven spirits of God.” Our Lord does not have the Spirit by measure; He has the fullness of God’s Spirit. The number seven is the number of completeness and fullness, so Jesus applied the full standard to this church and not just a measure. They needed to come up to the full measure.
The prophet Isaiah describes the seven spirits of God in this way, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears. But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.” (Isa. 11:1-4)
The Lord was looking for the few in this church who had a very high calling and were called to walk in white garments. Those whose names were found in the Book of Life. There were only a few of these among the crowd that came to the services for the good works. “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (Rev. 3:4-5)
The Lord was addressing the few that were still alive. He wanted to bring them to the Light and away from the many works that they were so busy doing. There was a lot at stake. Today, this has not changed. There are still many who work hard to show themselves approved. The desire to be accepted among the people is one of the downfalls of the human heart.
Because it is one of the things with which we all have difficulty, our Lord is faithful to begin dealing with this early on. Just as He separated the few unto Himself in Sardis, He separates His few in every generation. Then He measures them by the standard of the seven spirits – First He separates us from the crowd, then He separates the crowd from within us.
The reward for the few that will “…be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die…” is enormous. The white garments that they will receive are not just robes to adorn their natural bodies; they are the resurrected bodies of righteousness that will forever be their covering. And Jesus said, “They shall walk with Me in white.” This means that they shall do the greater works that He promised. Indeed, when we leave the human works to those who are called to them, we will be assigned much greater and more rewarding works.
Jesus explains the greater works, “…The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.” (Jn. 5:19-21)
The greater works are to GIVE LIFE- Not temporary physical life, but eternal life. Those who do the greater works will have the power to impart this life. We have done this to a measure, but how we yearn to be as He is and give life to those who are suffering in darkness! We have begun to do this in a measure as we speak the Word, but as we become the Word, we will be empowered to do much more.
A dear neighbor, whose husband passed away a month ago, grieves terribly because she has never come to the Light and cannot cope with her loss. She says, “I wish I knew where he is then I could go to him.” I spoke to her about Jesus and the resurrection, but she says she is very analytical and she feels that the resurrection was only for Jesus. This is so sad! I want so much to open her eyes to the true Light!
I know that I can speak life to her by the Spirit and I do, but she is not able to grasp any of it. She needs to be quickened so that she can realize her darkness and turn around. I know that this will happen and that she will be able to see the kingdom and understand the things of Spirit but at this time I can only speak the Word. When we become the Word, we will be empowered to do the greater works, impart His life and raise them from the dead. How we yearn for this!
WALK IN WHITE
Jesus told the saints at Sardis a few among them had not defiled their garments, and these would walk with Him in white for they are worthy. The garment speaks of the covering and the covering speaks of the body. The soul is the expression and the identity of a person; therefore, it has to have a body to express itself. At this time, we are wearing the garments of flesh, but when our souls are fully married to His quickening Spirit, we will pick up our white robes; we will be wearing our new bodies of righteousness as Jesus.
The garment of flesh can be defiled. The word “defiled” here means “soiled.” And the word soiled means covered with “dirt from the ground.” The desires of the flesh and the appetites of the sensual soul can be very subtle and not easily recognized. With determination and perseverance, we yield ourselves to the Spirit and overcome the lusts of the flesh, but because the soul has been deceived for so long, it takes the longsuffering of the Lord to set it free from its sinful, hidden practices.
As was Cain, the soul desires above all to be acceptable to God. She will scheme and devise ways to accomplish this, even when she knows that the only way is through Jesus Christ and He crucified.
So we go to church and we do all the right things. We strive to look and act pious. We pray much and we read our Bible without fail. This is all well and good, but soon something rises up within and it is the need to become holy by our own works. Most of the time, the church we have joined will help us do that. There are many projects and good works lined up for us to do, and we can always “save souls” and bring them to church.
These may well be great works but if we do them to promote our status among the brethren and make ourselves acceptable to God, we have defiled our garments; we have found another lover. These are some of the subtle ways that can cause us to miss the prize of the high calling of God in Christ.
There is an evil Gospel flooding the land today. It is the Gospel of prosperity and love without justice. Many have made idols of the men and women who preach such Gospels. They flock to their services and support their endeavors. Perhaps unknowingly, they have turned from the true Jesus and have embraced new lovers. They have defiled the garments of flesh that had been sanctified by the blood of Jesus.
As I write this, another move has begun to take roots right here in Florida. It is very exciting to those who seek supernatural thrills. The Gospel of Jesus is simple, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added to you.” But the man of flesh wants more so we pass through many trials that we might turn from the desires of the sensual man unto the love of spiritual riches. If we will hear His voice, God’s Holy Spirit will teach us to recognize the difference between that which is of His Spirit and that which is the latent power of the soul. We are given a measure of God’s Spirit so that we can walk in His light and have fellowship with Him and with one another by the Spirit. Then we learn to quickly recognize the lusts of the fleshly soul that are at work to pull us under and make us fall.
John wrote, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I Jn. 1:7) This is a wonderful word for us. As we walk by the light of His Holy Spirit, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.
It is not that we do not falter and sin at times, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (I Jn. 1:8) But when we walk according to the light that He gives us, we are cleansed even from the sin that we are not aware of, or the sin that so easily besets us. What a comfort this is! It is not by walking by the Scriptures that we have memorized, but it is by walking in the light of His Holy Spirit that we keep our garments (natural bodies) from being defiled.
THE WORDS OF A FAITHFUL SCRIBE
Scribes in the Old Testament were very important people. They not only knew how to read, they also translated the Law of Moses to the people. At first, this was the work of priests; Ezra was both a priest and a scribe. Israel had been in exile to Babylon for seventy years and much of the Babylonian ways had now infiltrated their lives. They had forgotten the principles of the Law of Moses. As a scribe and a priest, Ezra had done much study in the Law; he began to open the books to teach Israel.
As the prophet Jeremiah had prophesied, Israel had been in captivity to Babylon, but the time came “… that the Spirit of the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing saying, ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all His people? May his God be with him! Now let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem..” (Ezra 1:1b-3) This event finds its counterpart in the way that our Lord called us out of our captivity into the Babylonish system of religions.
So the move was on and many from every tribe left their homes in Babylon and went to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and the temple which had been burnt down into a heap of ruins and ashes. Howbeit after seventy years, most had rebuilt their lives and were very comfortable in Babylon. They had no desire to leave. However, there were a few whose hearts were still yearning to return and restore their city, their temple and the worship of their true God.
By the same token, many of God’s people who are in captivity to the system of the church, have been there so long that they are very comfortable with their lives and have no desire to make a change and move forward. They would never think of leaving their ways of worship and of assembling in their churches and they are not able to hear the Spirit’s call.
But those who heard and were not afraid to see the desperate condition of the city, the wall and the temple, gathered themselves under the leadership of men like Zerubbabel and Nehemiah and set out to do the work of rebuilding. Even so today, there is a small but significant remnant who hears the call of the Spirit and who is not afraid to see the appalling condition of the church.
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah are truly an energizing study for us today. They detail the events that took place as these brave men and women went up to Jerusalem and turned the pile of rubble into a solid wall of protection. It shows how the enemies of God gathered themselves together to constantly harass them and try to discourage them from the task at hand. I am sure that most of us can take courage from their experiences…
Then, there came a time when the temple was finished and the people, the priests, the Levites and the rest of the descendants of the captivity celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. Also, the priests and the Levites purified themselves and slaughtered the Passover lambs for all the children of the captivity.
At that time, “Ezra, the Scribe came to Jerusalem according to the good hand of His God upon him. For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and TO DO IT, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.” (Ez. 7:9b-10)
Long after they made the move back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and temple, Ezra came up to teach them God’s Law. It was not enough to rebuild the actual building; they needed to examine their hearts by the standard of God’s Law. It was at that time that Ezra the scribe stood up with the book of the Law and began to show them that they had drifted away from God’s true standard.
Just as Sardis, the people listening to Ezra were expecting to hear very good things. They had worked so hard to rebuild the wall. They had withstood an unrelenting enemy who tried every ruse to discourage them and stop the work; they expected a “well done” commendation.
Imagine the shock when they heard that their leaders and many among them did not measure up. Is this what happened to us? The Spirit of God has called us out of the Babylon of the world and of the church system and we joined with those who came out to rebuild the true worship of God in Spirit and in truth. But then the Holy Spirit shined His bright light into everyone’s heart and revealed that even some of the most esteemed among us could not separate themselves from the ways of Babylon with which they were married (one flesh). And so again, the people were led into bondage only this time it would be even harder to come out.
Could it be that many among us are still tied to pagan ways of worship? In the days of Ezra, it was found that the people had intermarried with pagans, “When these things were done, the leaders came to me saying, ‘The people of Israel AND THE PRIESTS AND THE LEVITES have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, with respect to the abominations of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, so that the holy seed is intermingled with the peoples of those lands. Indeed the hand of the leaders and the rulers has been foremost in this trespass.” (Ez. 9:1-2)
This serious offense was found mainly among the leaders. Today we find that those who teach and counsel the people are the ones who are often still married to the traditions and abominations of pagan teachings, so how can they lead the people in the right way or the way of true righteousness? When we think of pagan worship, we may think of bowing down to literal idols. But the truth of the matter is that when we worship an outer God rather than revere and obey the Holy Spirit within us, we are still worshiping in the ways of pagans.
Man interprets the written Law according to his own standard, but when the seven fold Spirit of God is the interpreter, the best of man’s ways do not measure up. One cannot build a firm foundation if the word is not the pure living Word of God. Recently I saw a recap of the life of the famous Evangelist that God had spoken to me about. I could not find anything offensive in what he said; his word seemed to be perfectly life-giving. Yet the Spirit had shown me that the Lord was not pleased; He called him DEAD.
This is what happened at Sardis, when the seven Spirits of the Lord stood among them, what had seemed commendable faded away and it was revealed that they were DEAD. Worse yet, they were deceptive and were misleading the people. They gave the appearance of being alive and they were dead. This is worse than being dead and looking dead. They were deceiving the people into thinking that if they joined them, they would find true life. This is one of the enemy’s most malicious schemes.
I WILL NOT BLOT OUT HIS NAME
The Lord promised that they who overcame would walk with Him in white garments. This is the body of resurrected glory as the Lord’s, to do the greater works in the earth. “And I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess His name before My Father and before His angels.” (Rev. 3:5) The verb to “blot out” here, means to “smear out” to “obliterate” to “erase” to “wipe out.” This means that the name was already in the book but could be erased from the book!
The Book of Life is the Living Christ. Our names are in the Book, when our lives are ordered by His Spirit. Many Christians are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus, but it is as one walks with Him by the Holy Spirit and matures in Christ that they take on His “name” or His “nature.” Then their names are in the Book of Life. They are able to hear directly from the Spirit and have a close walk and relationship with Him. But if we cease to hear His voice and return to the ways of our good works, we are dropped out of the Book. Paul warned the saints “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:3)
Until the final change, one must keep himself from these lusts and resist the desires to go back to the old familiar ways of worship. I have heard one who had come up high in the Lord say to me, “It does not matter where I worship, I can now worship with anyone and go to any church.” And they did this. They did not lose their salvation, but they lost the fine tuned relationship that they had with His Living Word…They lost the prize of the high calling of God in Christ…They were blotted out of the Book of Life.
Jesus also warned Sardis, “Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” (Rev. 3:3b) If we return to the things we have been delivered from, He will not come to us as our Bridegroom; He will come as a thief. This means that instead of giving, He will take away even that which we have. This is not unlike the “Day of fire” that Paul talked about. Some who have the right foundation, but have built upon it with wood, hay and stubble (carnal ways) will find themselves with a pile of ashes in the Day of fire.
The standard is high. It is no longer the book of the written Law of Moses; it is the seven-fold Spirit of God. It is a simple walk, yet it is a continuous overcoming walk. As Paul said, it is by daily pressing in and resisting our lusty souls by the power of His Spirit, that it is being accomplished in us.
Because of His love,
LOVE LETTERS SERIES No. 5, MSG. No. 183 [Jackie Caporaso] 1