” Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not yet soiled their clothes. They will walk with me dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my father and his angels.” (Rev. 3:4-5, NIV).

The promises that Jesus made to all 7 first century Churches of Asia Minor were the same promises made to the body of believers throughout the centuries.

” He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

These words were spoken 7 times (the number of completion). However, the promises were conditional, based on each person being faithful and an overcomer. People who think that they fulfill their “religious” duty by attending a weekly service and a few bible studies, could not be further from the truth. The Church is a living body that is to reach out to the local communities and then to the world. Before Jesus returns, the  message of salvation must be proclaimed to every tribe throughout all corners of the world. (cf: Matthew 24:14).

The Holy Spirit will provide us with divine power and the wisdom to speak God’s words. Our job is to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to YahwehWe must reject the ways of the world and through the renewal of our minds, we will be able to discern the  will of God. (Romans 12:1-2).

There is a price to be paid for being the Church that Jesus envisioned. We will be tortured, betrayed, imprisoned or even put to death. (Matthew 24:9, Rev. 2:10). However, the key to defeating Satan is by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. (Rev. 12:11). This is war and we are to run towards the heat of battle not loving our own lives as to shrink from death. EJ.