Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Book of Revelation~ Defiled Garments



In the book of Revelation Jesus commended, rebuked, warned and encouraged members of the church. He commended good works or shall we say good behavior but He also condemned wicked behavior. Many in the church loved Him but they also loved the world.

They were sexually immoral and were guilty of idolatry. Jesus responded to their immorality by saying their garments were defiled. (Revelation 3:4) He loved them but could not allow them in heaven with dirty garments on.

A believer’s garments refers to right or wrong actions that stain the soul.

Scripture notes that sin and iniquity stains and defiles a Christian’s garment (soul) while righteous actions are depicted as white fine linen without stains. (Revelation 19:8).

Due to various messages on grace some Christians believe their behavior or obedience to God’s word is not relevant today.

Yet, Christ said to faithful, church attending Christians their doctrinal beliefs and sinful behavior may cause them to be cast on a bed of affliction (Revelation 2:22) or have their names removed from the lambs book of life.(Revelation 3:5)

If a person’s name is not written in the lambs book of life he or she will not inherit eternal life. 

But they will be banished from God’s presence into the lake of fire, spending eternity in hell with the beast, the false prophet and the fallen angels. (Revelation 14:10-11 and Revelation 19:20)

God wants you to know that He knows about your sin and He still loves you but He cannot allow you to remain in sin and gain admission into heaven.

Remember Satan was cast out of heaven because sin was found in him. Jesus said Satan was coming for Him but He had nothing in Him. Does He have something in you? (John 14:30)

What will Jesus say to you on judgment day? Depart from me you worker of inqiuity or well done good and faithful servant?

But wait you say; Christ has imputed righteousness unto me. That makes me right with God. God is not looking at my sin. God may not be looking at your sin But apparently Jesus is looking at them as noted in John’s letters to the seven churches. Jesus said I know your works…He knew every good thing and bad thing they had done…He congratulated good works but condemned evil works and told them to repent or their names would be removed from the book of life.

Imputed Righteousness

Imputed righteousness is the foundation of Salvation and right living. God imputes Christ’s righteousness unto you and gives you the gift of His Holy Spirit which enables you to overcome the power of sin and temptation.

If you obey/live your life according to the Holy Spirit’s leading and counsel you are marked as a child of God. However, if you reject the Holy Spirit’s counsel and choose to follow the path of iniquity, Christ will have to reject you based on whose image you bear (Romans 1:29) and who you served while you lived (Romans 6:16).

Your work for him will not be enough (preaching, teaching, casting out devils ) will not get you into heaven.(Matthew 7:21-23) Your final reward will be based on the things you did in and with your body. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

God is concerned about you and where you will spend your life after you breathe your last breath on earth. Will you spend your future with Him in the new world that’s coming?

This new world will be free of sorrow, pain, death and sin.(Revelation 21:4). It will be ruled by a new type of being, or group of people who are not composed of flesh and blood but flesh and bone. (Luke 20:36, I Corinthians 15:50 and Luke 24:39)

Beings who have been counted worthy to receive eternal life. (Revelation 3:5)

They accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They walked worthy of the call while in the land of the living.

Revelation 3:4  Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Revelation 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 
Will you answer the call? Will you answer the call to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and live for Him?
Turn to Jesus Christ today and repent of your sins while you have today’s breath in your body. 

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