A Reputation For Being Alive But Dead On The Inside
I had a dream 08/08/2015. I was looking at a church building and it was covered in flies. From my experience with these pests they annoy people, swarm over poop, and dead things. It is the last of these things that I saw in the dream. As I said it is the last of these things that I will describe as to what I saw being that flies are attracted to dead things. The next part of the dream I was shown the inside of the church building. Inside I saw people standing holding onto the pew in front of them. That in and of itself wouldn’t be a strange sight. However, what I saw was sickening because the people that I saw standing were dead. I saw their flesh rotting and falling of their bones.
The church of Sardis had a reputation for being alive but was considered dead by Jesus.
The Dead Church
3 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,
“These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
It would seem that Jesus is saying that their name, i.e., outward appearance and/or reputation and fame was more important to them than the spiritual condition of the people’s hearts.
This too reminds me of Babylon.
Gen 11:3 — Gen 11:4
Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
I will deal with the items in these 2 verses one at a time.
Come let us make bricks.
Bricks are man made and formed by man and are therefore dead. Look at the Lord’s command to Moses. Man can glory in his accomplishments rather than giving glory to God.
And if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone; for if you use your tool on it, you have profaned it.
A stone is not man made and Moses was further commanded not to alter it with human tools.
1Pe 2:4 — 1Pe 2:5
The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,
you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. It is impossible for man to take an ounce of credit in the creating of a stone while he can take all the credit in the formation of a brick. Stones come in all shapes and sizes as do people whereas bricks are shaped using a mold and ALL are the same
The mortar is what holds the man made bricks together as opposed to the Spirit of God. The mortar represents human means. Church programs, is an example of what draws people because it, rather than Jesus is used to fill a need.
What is also worthy of note is that the cornerstone of this building in Babylon was rebellion because the command given to them was to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. A similar command was given by Jesus to His disciples when He said go into all the world teaching them His commandments and making disciples.
With Jesus the cornerstone of the early church their heart was evangelism not building spectacular buildings. They heeded the command of, “go and tell”, and not what is popular in today’s church which is come and hear.
The Babylonians did not wish to head the Lord’s command to be fruitful and multiply they said let us build and thus make a name and/or reputation for ourselves. Hence my inclusion of Jesus’ comments regarding the church of Sardis . They had a reputation for being alive but we’re dead.