Feb 11, 2018 | Lee Becknell
The Victorious will Reign with Jesus in Heaven
Text: Revelation 3:14-22,
The ‘Victorious’ will rule and reign with Jesus in Heaven.”
* This is very different from the promise of ruling the nations. One is on the earth and other is in Heaven. A much greater promise and position.
Theme: “It is not a Biblical concept to hide sin! Today, we think to be a real friend we must hide another's sin. That has never been the Lord's approach. He says, "Deal with it! Sin in a church is repulsive to our Lord. The good news for you and me is that we can overcome and correct any fault and reign in heaven with Jesus.”
* This morning is the last sermon in our series about being ‘Victorious’. I hope you have enjoyed looking at all the blessings that await us when we enter the Kingdom of God.
Laodicea was forty-five miles southeast of Philadelphia. It was the meeting place of three major, intersecting highways. Thus, it was the center of commerce! This city had stadiums, public baths, shopping centers, wealthy bankers, many millionaires.
* The city had a profitable business from the production of wool cloth. It had a widely known medical school and produced an eye ointment. It got its water from hot springs almost 6 miles away and by the time it got to Laodicea, it would have been lukewarm.
* They could buy and have anything they wanted! It was in this atmosphere, that the church in Laodicea existed.
* Many commentators believe that this seventh church represents from about the turn of the century until this present day. In other words a description or our churches today.
* The church at Laodicea was a church that made Jesus sick to His stomach. The passage tells us that Jesus had been locked out of His own church and reduce to standing and knocking at the door.
* This morning, I would like to share with you the following lessons.
- The ‘Victorious’ must be able to discern their own spiritual health.
Revelation 3:14-17, “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. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You 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.”
* Here our Lord Jesus styles himself, “The Amen;” steady and unchangeable in everything. If faith is worth anything, it is worth everything. Christ expects Christians to be committed to their walk with Him.
* “Less than full commitment to Him and His teachings is no commitment at all.” ... think about this statement.
* Jesus Christ is the Amen for in him is the certainty of the fulfilment of God's promises.
* Jesus spoke of the religious leaders of the day in Matthew 15:14-15 "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."
* We read in the gospels Jesus found it is easier to win a prostitute than a Pharisee. It is easier to win an atheist, than a religious person. For the same reason it is easier to win a “cold” person than a lukewarm person.
* In things of the Spirit, there is sight that equals blindness and a blindness that gives sight!
* There are many in this world that think they can see perfectly well! Mr. Magoo! “Oh Magoo you have done it again.”
Isaiah 42:20 Seeing many things, but you do not observe; Opening the ears, but he does not hear." (NKJV)
* A man visited his optometrist to have his glasses checked. "They just aren't strong enough," he told the doctor. "Don't you have something stronger?" "Yes," said the optometrist, "there is one lens that is stronger." "Just one?" asked the man. "What comes after that?" "After that," said the doctor, "you buy a dog."
* Jesus says to us in verse 17, “…you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”
* If I had to pick a key verse from this text, I think I would choose verse 19.
Revelation 3:19, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”
* Beloved when you feel Jesus working like this in your life don’t resist. Don’t become stubborn or rebellious. Yield to the Holy Spirit and be the Man, women, boy or girl God wants you to be.
* Many in the modern church are fence sitters, or middle-of-the-roaders.
* The Greek word for "hot" is ZESTOS and means, "boiling hot", and that they were not! When your hot, your hot!
* They are neither excited for, nor antagonistic towards the Lord. In fact, they went to church, probably gave from their wealth, and the church no doubt had a fancy facility and many programs.
* They didn't live for Him they lived for themselves.
- The ‘Victorious’ are encouraged to invest in Jesus gold and heavenly clothing.
Revelation 3:18, “I 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.”
* The imagery of "buying" (strange to those who are poor!) recalls the great invitation in Isaiah 55:1, "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost"--an invitation with which John seems thoroughly familiar.
Revelation 21:6-7, “He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”
Revelation 22:17, “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”
1 Peter 1:7, “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
* Beloved, we purchase these items not with money or gold but with faith, obedience and love. When we serve God, we reap rewards for heaven.
* If you have no money, you can only offer what you have, and if you have nothing, you can only offer yourself. That’s what God wants. He wants you to sell out to him.
Revelation 2:10b, “…Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” God’s gold. Nothing better.
* Why store treasure on earth where it won’t last? Store treasures up in heaven where it will last forever. Matthew 6:20, “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Revelation 3:4-5, “Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white…” 5He who overcomes will like them, be dressed in white.”
* White clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness. Originally Adam and Eve were naked but felt no shame (Gen 2:25), but then after they sinned they were ashamed of their nakedness and sewed fig leaves to cover themselves. (Gen 3:7).
Revelation 22:14a, “Blessed are those who wash their robes…”
Beloved, we have the perfect thing when we sin to restore us. It is called repentance.
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
* Don’t play around with God!
* A woman contributed to the beggar on crutches, but couldn't resist the temptation to preach to him. "It must be terrible to be lame," she said, "but I think how much worse it is to be blind." That's right lady," he said. When I was blind, people kept passing counterfeit money off on me"
- The ‘Victorious’ will sit down with the Father and rule in Heaven.
Revelation 3:20-22, “Here 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. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
* The Lord was shut out of this church, but as always, he appeals on an individual level. Repentance seldom takes place "en masse". That is why He uses words like "whosoever will" and to "any man".
* So, it doesn't matter what the person next to you does, or thinks. Christ is appealing to you today to repent and let him in.
* A husband and wife were arguing. "I was a fool when I married you," the wife said. "Yea, I guess you were," said her husband, "but I was so infatuated at the time, that I didn't notice."
Colossians 4:12-16, “Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
* Beloved, there are some very interesting things in this passage. It mentions the church of Laodicea and we know that it was meeting in Nympha’s home.
* We see these letters from Paul going to the churches. Lost letter might be the book of Ephesians.
* No matter how bad they were Jesus still has a blessing waiting. Beloved, no matter how bad you are He still loves you and has a blessing for you if you would only repent and be ‘victorious’.
* I think this is the greatest of all the promises. To sit on the throne with Jesus.
Revelation 3:21-22, “To 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. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
A nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little ones' chests, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own heart. Their eyes would always light up with awe, but she never got a response equal to four-year old David's comment.
Gently she tucked the stethoscope into his ears and placed the disk over his heart. "Listen," she said... "What do you suppose that is?"
He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap - tap - tapping deep in his chest.
Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin and he asked,
"Is that Jesus knocking?"
A look at the promises that were spoken to the churches of Revelation.