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Revelation 2:2,9

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 2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear those who are evil; and you have tried those who say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars; [Notice! Jesus is referencing their works, which are works of loving obedience to the commands you hear spoken from God in your heart, which works are energized by faith and are essential. When Paul said, "not by works," he was speaking of dead works, (from your own will), from the law: circumcision, washings, sacrifices, special foods, sabbath restrictions, days, feasts, tithing, etc. In these messages to the seven churches, Jesus mentions to every church how their works are key; He even demands perfect works from the believers. All men are judged on their words and works.]

 9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich), and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan.4 [Though they are relatively rich in spirit, they mourn for more. Christians are inward Jews with circumcised hearts; those who claim to be Christians, but who have not had their hearts circumcised by the Spirit, speak blasphemy calling themselves Christians. Notice again! Jesus is referencing their works, which are works of loving obedience to the commands you hear spoken from God in your heart.]

Revelation 2:13,19,26-27

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 13 I know your works, and where you dwell, even where Satan's seat is; yet you hold fast my name, and have not denied my faith, even in those days when Antipas my faithful martyr was slain among you, where Satan dwells. [Notice again! Jesus is referencing their works.]

 19 I know your works, and love, and service, and faith, and your patience, and your works; and that the last are more than the first. [Their works are increasing, which is good.]

 26 He who overcomes, and continues my [commanded] works to the end, to him I will give power over the nations; [You must overcome the world, sin, and the devil to attain salvation; and to overcome, you must persist in obedience to the word of the Lord within to the end when you see Him bring your eternal life and salvation.]

 27 And he will rule them with a rod of iron, like the vessels of a potter they will be broken to pieces; just as I also received authority from my Father.7

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Revelation 3:1-2,19

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 1 "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 live, but you are dead.

 2 Wake up and be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die. For I have not found your works perfect before God.1 [The works to which Jesus refers are works of love in obedient faith to the commands you hear as you wait on God. Perfect works are to completely and fully follow His orders, which He told us in Jer 7:23: Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I command you, so that it may be well with you.]

 19 As many as I love, I chastise [rebuke, discipline]. Be zealous therefore, and repent. [Awake to righteousness , and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34]

Revelation 3:8,15

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 8 I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it; for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name. [Notice again! Jesus is referencing their works, which are works of loving obedience to the commands you hear spoken from God in your heart, which works are energized by faith and are essential. When Paul said, "not by works," he was speaking of dead works, (from your own will), from the law: circumcision, washings, sacrifices, special foods, sabbath restrictions, days, feasts, tithing, etc.]

 15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would rather you were either cold or hot.

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