“These things saith he that hath the Seven Spirits of God,
and of the seven stars…(Re.3:1)
In the first chapter of the book the risen Christ in glory is presented as holding seven stars and walking in the midst of seven golden candlesticks. Grace of the word and authority of any elder base upon the Wisdom and Power of God. These are two witnesses and connect with the Alpha Omega Aspect of God the Son. It is his authority that he lays stress upon while he speaks himself as faithful witness. “While addressing the Church at Laodicea he prefaces thus,’These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness,….(3:14)’ Before we move on let us discuss what does he mean by the Amen aspect. It is the hallmark of the Son who “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;(He.5:8)”While he presents his testimony to the elder of the Church at Sardis he is reminding what he represents in the godhead. He is the faithful witness by whom came grace and truth(Jn.1:17) The seven Spirits of God indicate his authority as from God, the Father. In the following chapters we find mention of ‘seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God (Re.4:5)’These denote the memorial of Truth eternally present in the heaven. When the great white Throne of Judgment begins Truth shall establish the Son as worthy to execute the will of his Father. Word and Truth are two witnesses eternal (Ps.119:89).
The seven stars and Seven Spirits are two witnesses: grace and Truth.”I know thy works, that thou livest, and art dead (v.1)’How often we find the churches are so busy adding souls to their fold without counting how many are dead already?
The Church at Sardis because of this particular neglect was worthy of blame. “I have not found thy works perfect before God(v.2)’ Jesus presents truth of the church and warns for the church can still remedy the situation by grace freely given: “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die (v.2)”
“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard..” Jesus exhorts the church to recreate conditions so their zeal and works would equal the days when their first love was such to move mountains even. Prayer and study of the word must build up fresh and the recipe of St Peter is very useful to be partakers of the divine nature.
“…Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge…: He concludes by saying,”For if these things be in you, and abound…ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful… (2 Pe.5-8)”
(To be continued)