The Lord will send out His messengers ….the brothers…to speak His words of life and spirit to the churches. They will come in His “name”….His authority….as His “name” shall be written upon their foreheads. We are expected to be hospitable…..remembering to have brotherly love. He that will hear them, will hear Him….. Luke 10:16 KJV (16) He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. We are to let brotherly love continue and not be forgetful to entertain “strangers” and their words…..the messengers of God. Hebrews 13:1-2 KJV (1) Let brotherly love continue. (2) Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. We are to love the brothers who will come in His name……passing from death unto life. 1 John 3:14 KJV (14) We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. What the brothers will speak will not conform to what men have been preaching for the last 2000 years….but we are expected to lose our “life” for His sake to find it. We are to count all of our own religious ideas, thoughts and ways as a “loss” for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord. He is Lord of our own thoughts and ways which we are expected to lose in favor of His knowledge which we hear with our own ears. We are to suffer the loss of all of those things….not stubbornly clinging to our own righteousness….so that we may have FAITH and to be found in Him. Men will have a knee-jerk reaction to argue their own beliefs and viewpoints when hearing the Word of Truth….but they are counseled to OVERCOME. Philippians 3:4-11 KJV (4) Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: (5) Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; (6) Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (7) But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, We are to be found in Him by keeping His commandment to have love for each other. We are to be found in the book of life. (9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: We are to DO these things…being found in the book of life…..so that we may know Him. We will never know Him if we continue in bad behavior towards what we hear. (10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. The called out in “Philadelphia”….meaning “brotherly love”…..will have “little strength” towards what they will hear the open mouth that speaks the words of God to their ears. They will keep His word to have love for one another and will not deny His “name”…His authority for they will hear Him and keep what they hear and keep His commandments. Revelation 3:7-12 KJV (7) And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; (8) I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Men will want to argue what they will hear….but they are to lose their lives for His sake to find it. Men shall see “strangers” coming to them….not understanding that these “strangers” come in His name to speak with the door of utterance His words. Will men be found “sleeping”…not remembering to behave with brotherly love? The church in Philadelphia remembered to keep His commandment to have love for their brothers. Whosoever shall give a “cup of cold water” in the name of a disciple shall in no wise lose their reward….His LIFE. Those sent by Him “thirst” for a welcoming response….a cup of cold water. Matthew 10:39-42 KJV (39) He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (40) He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. (41) He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. (42) And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. The Lord...the King... comes under cover of those who are sent out to preach His words. They are the brothers who will be persecuted for speaking His words to the churches as they will appear as "strangers" before many and will be mistreated by many unbelieving in the churches by the Diotrephes's.....men who love to be first...and those who will follow after their pernicious ways. Matthew 25:33-40 KJV (33) And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. (34) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (35) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. (37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? (38) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? (39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (40) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. We are to be like the 2 disciples who did not recognize Jesus at first. All they saw was a stranger….their eyes were “holden” that they should not know Him. Luke 24:13-16 KJV (13) And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. (14) And they talked together of all these things which had happened. (15) And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. (16) But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. They listened to what Jesus had to say….not knowing who He was. They behaved and did not argue with Him as He opened up the Scriptures to their understanding. Luke 24:27-30 KJV (27) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. (28) And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. The 2 disciples entertained the “stranger”…Jesus…as they constrained Him by saying “Abide with us…” (29) But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. They kept the feast without malice and wickedness. They behaved in sincerity and truth. (30) And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. But some men will not receive the “least brothers” of Him sent out to preach for their edification. They will instead be filled with “vinegar” …sour wine…wrath… in their hearts and will speak evil of what the will hear….putting it to their mouths. An evil man out of the evil treasure in his heart will bring forth evil things out of his mouth. John 19:28-30 KJV (28) After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. (29) Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. We are to be enlightened by what we hear the Holy Spirit saying….being made partakers. We are to taste the good Word of God as spoken by the Spirit. We are to be filled with what the Spirit is saying and not with the wine of wrath and speak evil with “hyssop” (the tongue) full of vinegar. Hebrews 6:4-12 KJV (4) For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, (5) And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, Some will react to what they hear with badness. They will crucify what they will hear and put Him to open shame with speaking evil: false accusations and stubborn opposition. they will not obey His commandment to have love for one another while they treat the brotherly covenant as a common thing. (6) If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. The “rain” comes often. His doctrine comes often upon our hearts and we are expected to bring forth good things out of our hearts towards those who are sent to preach His words of life and spirit….His messengers. We are to receive blessing from God for doing so: an age-lasting LIFE in the here and now. We will cross over from death to life because we love the brothers. (7) For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. Psalms 133:1-3 KJV (1) A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is the anointing…. it is the precious ointment upon the head.... (2) It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; …and it is there that we receive His blessing: LIFE to the age. We are to taste the powers of the Age to come. (3) As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. We are to be of ONE MIND having compassion for each other knowing that we are called to inherit a blessing for such things: an age-lasting LIFE in the here and now. 1 Peter 3:8-12 KJV (8) Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: The blessing: everlasting life in the here and now. (9) Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. He that will love LIFE (the blessing) and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil…… (10) For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: (11) Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. (12) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. But he that will bring forth bad things out of the evil of his heart is near unto cursing and whose end is to be burned. They will not be found in the book of life because of their evil response. Hebrews 6: (8) But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. (9) But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. So let us “work” our labor of love for His name….His authority…and keep His commandments. We are to minister unto the saints LOVE. We are to entertain “strangers” with diligence. (10) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (11) And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: (12) That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. If we continue to sin willfully (continuing to speak evil of our brothers who come preaching His knowledge) after we have received the full knowledge of the Truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins. Hebrews 10:26-31 KJV (26) For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (27) But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (28) He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Some will trodden down those who are sent by Him…trodding down under foot the Son of God. They will count the blood of the covenant wherein they are sanctified as an unholy thing….a common thing. Our Lord loved us and gave His life for us…..and we are to have brotherly love and keep the covenant. They will do contrary things despite the Spirit….the breath of grace….for the brothers will not return evil for their evil. (29) Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (30) For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. (31) It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Those found in “Sardis”….meaning “red ones”…will not be FOUND in the book of life even though they have a name that they live. They will hear and trample under foot the Son of God….staining their garments with the blood of the covenant for they will not keep it. Their works will not be found perfect before God. They are to “awake” and cast off the works of darkness. Revelation 3:1-6 KJV (1) And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. (2) Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. They are counseled to remember how they have received and heard His Word and hold fast….DO it…and repent….change the mind. If they will not awake to His righteousness, He shall come upon them as a thief for their judgment. (3) Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Some will hear and overcome. They will awake to His righteousness and be FOUND in Him as they will walk before Him in white. (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. Their names will not be blotted out of the book of life. We are to overcome the evil that will come out of our mouths when we hear the Spirit speaking to us today. He that has an ear is to HEAR what the Spirit is saying and not resist the Spirit. (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. (6) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.