“You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy“
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments
Jesus gives a commendation after condemnation in this letter. Here He commends spiritual giants. A few did not fall into the condemnation of verses two and three. They did not soil their garments. That is, they did not accommodate the immoral and apostate standards around them. They still walk in fellowship with the Lord.
and they shall walk with Me in white
The few believers that resist pressure about them will receive a special reward — they will walk in fellowship with the Lord on earth.
for they are worthy
These Christians are “worthy” not because of themselves. They are worthy because of what the Lord did for them in grace. Our acceptability before God is because of the finished work of Christ on the cross.
God always maintains a remnant that is true to Himself.
It is amazing how some truly born-again Christians can continue to attend apostate churches. They do not get any spiritual food for their souls in those churches, but their preachers regularly attack their faith. They stay in those churches out of loyalty because their family attended there or because their friends are there. In the meantime, their souls dry up. Sentiment is no basis for biblical determination. God says those who are worthy are those who are true to the Lord.
God always keeps for Himself those who are true to His Word. To these people, He supplies a special grace of warm fellowship with Himself.