Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
California Conference 2005. The Church at Sardis, Part 1.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Angel – noun angeloo – a*ggevlw/ = the messenger or the future pastor-teachers of the church of Sardis or the Sardis type of believers.
Sardis was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia and the Lydian’s were one of the three races that contributed greatly to the Romans.
Sardis and Laodicea were also the most wealthy churches and most beautiful geographical locations in the ancient world.
Sardis “had a reputation that she was a church filled with life, but it was a carnal religious life not a doctrinal one.”
When a person just lives for pleasure and forgets about the calling of God upon their life, it is just like being dead.
Whether you are a believer with PVTD or a group of people in a local assembly supporting doctrine, there are always some demonic influences that try to stop believers from going forward.
Isa 11 – the seven spirits:
a. The Filling of the Spirit
(The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him).
b. Spirit of Wisdom, chokmah, application.
c. Spirit of Understanding (perception).
d. Spirit of Counsel (plans or purpose).
e. Spirit of Strength, motivational and functional virtue.
f. Spirit of Knowledge, ability to interpret history.
g. Spirit of Respect of the Lord.
This same divine power sustains the believer inside the PPOG for the Church-age while he lives on earth and fulfills the PPOG for His life.
The seven stars refer to the teaching pastors of the Church-age, seven being the number of completion and the finished work, REV 1:16.
That which the stars in the heavens once did, the stars on earth must do now as they communicate from the scriptural record.
“Alive” = I have known your works or accomplishments, namely that you have a reputation that you are alive, or allegedly living in the PPOG.
Nekros = carnal death; a reference to believers living inside the cosmic system.
“Wake up” = to be alert, to know what is going on, to be able to read the historical trends in the time in which you live.
To be able to read the society in which you find yourself a part of.
To be able to understand the issues related to wherever you happen to be as an individual at this time in your life.
1. Israel’s rebirth, MAT 24:32-33.
As Jesus prophesied, the Jews were scattered during the Jewish-Roman war of AD 70, LUK 21:24.
Also prophesied to occur before Christ’s return, the nation of Israel was miraculously reborn on May 14, 1948.
2. Plummeting or plunging morality, 2TI 3:1-4.
3. Famines, violence and wars, MAT 24:7.
4. Increase in earthquakes, MAT 24:7.
Like increasing birth pangs, in the 1940’s there were 51 above Richter 6.0; the 1950’s, 475; the 1980’s, 1,085; and in the 1990’s at the current rate, a projected 1,540, MAT 24:7.
Increased centralization of world financial and political power is a prelude to the soon-coming world power system in the hands of “Antichrist,” who will be the incarnation of Satan and deceive most of the world, Dan 7-12, MAT 24:15, Rev 13.
8. Increase in apostasy, 2TH 2:3.
The Bible predicts in the last days that there will be “a form of godliness, although they have denied its power,”2TI 3:5.
If you have capacity for life, and capacity for love, capacity for happiness, you also have the ability to be alert.
Imperative mood = a mandate for the believers to whom this was originally addressed, and a mandate to Christians in general.
Aor-act-imp – sterizo = to establish, support, confirm, “strengthen” – strengthen in the sense of support, or stabilization mentally.
“Be constantly alert, and strengthen, stabilize, support.”
There is a remnant of believers in Sardis who have not fallen away and become distracted from fulfilling the PPOG.
Cosmic involvement, carnality, loose living, lasciviousness, by other believers, has the potential to drag down those believers who are positive.
When the majority of any given congregation are negative toward doctrine, or the majority of your Christian friends are negative toward doctrine.
In almost every congregation you will find out that the majority are negative toward doctrine…..even ours.
The pastors must persist in teaching to the positive believers left in Sardis, for without doctrine they are potential candidates for the cosmic system.
Aor-act-inf – apothenesko = to die – “who are about to die.”
A reference to cosmic death; from cosmic death comes the sin unto death.
Accusative plural, direct object – ergon = “accomplishments.”
Remember – pres-act-imp – mnemoneuo = to recall; recalling doctrine in this case.
The positive believers have had enough to where they need to make an application from doctrine not from their personal likes and dislikes.
Present tense – customary present for what habitually occurs when the believer learns doctrine; he has something to remember, something to apply.
Active voice – positive believers who have learned Bible doctrine have the ability to produce the action of the verb.
The only way that doctrine can be more real than friends that you see everyday, is recall, memory.
Imperative of command – for a mandate regarding the application of doctrine to the situation we find here.
Perf-act-ind – lambano = the Bible doctrine they have received.
Aor-act-ind -akouo = in relationship to the perception of doctrine.
The proper use of authority keeps you from making an issue out of people.
Recognizing the authority of the pastor does not mean liking the pastor, or loving the pastor, or having any attitude about the pastor; it means recognition, acceptance, of the content of his message, i.e. Bible doctrine.
In a true situation in learning doctrine, doctrine is the issue – not the one who communicates it; it is not the man, it is the message.
It is not the personality of the coach; it is the principle, it is the system he is trying to teach and communicate.
The same thing is true academically, the same thing is true in business; it is not the personality of the executive.
Often where personality conflict exists, it is simply that authority has never been related to the purpose of the company, the purpose of the organization, the purpose of the academic classroom, the purpose of athletics, etc.
You can recognize the authority and go for the doctrine, or you can get your eyes on the person who has the authority and make excuses, because all authority in life has been delegated to people.
Pres-act-imp – tereo = to guard it, the doctrine (not the people, the doctrine).
You guard doctrine and you will have wonderful friends, real good people.
If you do not guard doctrine, you will live in the cosmic system, and you will be a vacillating, hypocritical traitor to your friends.
2. The traitor is usually someone who is bitter about their own personal failures.
3. Many times the traitor can have a good personality and even give the appearance that they are leaders.
JUD 1:16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.
4. The traitor can also be very sincere, very emotional, but most of all, very arrogant!
5. The traitor also likes to look for others who have an axe to grind against the one they are betraying.
6. The traitor is usually jealous, covetous, envious and lustful of what the victim of their betrayal has.
7. The traitor likes to get as many individuals involved in his betrayal as he can so that the betrayal will have some credibility and believability.
a. You give the betrayal some credibility and believability.
b. You bully people into supporting something that is evil without them even knowing it.
c. You put them in a position of supporting the betrayal, which is very difficult for them to get out of, unless, they make some drastic decisions.
d. You cause them to get involved with the evil behind the betrayal which can be used in the future to keep them committed to the traitor as well.
8. The traitor is usually promised some form of personal promotion and prosperity for his betrayal.