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Revelation 3:4





4 Thou hast [echo] a few [oligos] names [onoma] even [kai] in [en] Sardis [Sardeis] which [hos] have [moluno] not [ou] defiled [moluno] their [autos] garments; [himation] and [kai] they shall walk [peripateo] with [meta] me [emou] in [en] white: [leukos] for [hoti] they are [eisi] worthy. [axios]    KJV-Interlinear



4 'But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white; for they are worthy.    NASB



God reminds us that there is still and will always be a remnant in every generation which will turn their backs on temptation, and will adhere to their Bible study and advance to spiritual maturity.  They will achieve the completeness that God has designed for us all, and will be qualified for special 'white' garments, a special glory, due to their special spiritual advancement in a world of wickedness, because of Gods special grace policy that allowed them to advance.


They will not have soiled their garments.  This means that they did not live their lives in conformity to their sin nature, but lived their lives in fellowship and functioned under the grace program of God.  Their production, from the application of Bible doctrine to their daily lives, was true good.Good which God recognizes.


Good produced from the source of the sin nature is rejected by God, and is typically referred to as soiled or filth or dirt spread across and throughout ones soul or life.


White, ‘leukos,’ is a reference for cleanliness or light.It is the absence of filth or being soiled or dirty.


In the spiritual life, a soiling on ones self comes from wallowing in sin or human good, from living a life outside of the fellowship sphere.


Remember that sin has two distinct areas – an area of strength which is human good, and an area of weakness which is sin.  Both are rejected as they are both from the source of ones own effort, or energy of the flesh (the sin nature).


God recognizes only the energy of the spirit, which is divine good or divine production.


When you are soiled, you are living in the carnal state or out of fellowship.


When you have consistently confessed your sins and live within the fellowship sphere, you are free of sin, and thus free from filth.Your state is white, or light, or purity, or godliness.All are synonymous expressions.


Christ is God.  Christ is the living word.When you read and study and learn doctrine, then you have Christ (the word) in you. When your soul circulates truth within it, then you are living by the principles of truth, which means that you are living a life with Christ. 


Your day to day life is also typically referred as your walk through life.Walking or living by means of Gods principles means, or is the same as, walking with Christ.


When you live by the principles of the Word of God, then you are worthy.


Worthy, ‘axios,’ means suitable, valuable, commendable, precious, deserving, due reward.  And therefore, only those people who live their life in fellowship, and thus advance in their spiritual life toward spiritual maturity, are worthy.


You cannot stay in fellowship unless you have adopted a pattern of life that includes a daily study of doctrine.   Those who do not study, soon forget to confess and soon forget their spiritual mandates.  Only the person who studies regularly will be alert to his own life for confession and thus live consistently in fellowship.


Anyone, any unbeliever, and any believer out of fellowship, are unworthy.Unbelievers can never be deemed worthy.


Only believers living in obedience to Christ, can be deemed as worthy.



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