The faithful remnant.
“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me dressed in white, for they are worthy. Revelation 3:4. Through the power of the Cross of Christ, Grace has freed us from our sin and condemnation by the law. Romans 6:18. But, the Cross of Christ’s power does not exempt us from the moral requirements embodied in the universal principle of selfless love. Throughout history, God had a faithful remnant like one in the Church in Sardis. God’s remnant always does the works of God. No other work, no matter how noble and good, fits into the category of good works. Jesus gave us a definition of good works. Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The works of God is this: to believe in one he has sent.” John 6:28 – 29.
Believers who have died to self, have Christ living in them and are guided by the Holy Spirit. The newborn believers do the works of God by their new nature, the nature of Jesus Christ. The newborn believer is a living witness for Jesus Christ. However, our works of the law, proper behavior, and habits and excellent knowledge of Scriptures do not contribute to our righteousness; they testify to it. Those who do not rely on their good works but trust God who justifies receives the righteousness of God, Jesus Christ. Romans 3:21 – 22 and Romans 4:5. Our righteousness is in Jesus Christ and only in Him. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can clad us with the white clothes of Christ’s righteousness. Therefore, a yielded believer, a committed Christian, would never soil his white clothing of Christ’s righteousness by adding to it the works of law performed in the flesh.
God does not require that believers fully understand every detail concerning Jesus Christ and salvation we have in Him. But God does require that believers trust Him and trust Jesus Christ – by faith – and believe that when He proclaimed, “It is finished,” then, it is finished forever. A yielded believer is never troubled by what he/she encounters while passing through this world. They believe. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1. The believers who, like remnant in Thyatira, who did not accept Jezebel’s teaching, who calls herself prophetess, but did not understand all the details concerning Jesus, do not have to worry. Jesus has assuring advice. “…I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.” Revelation 2:24 – 25.
The yielded believers have Jesus Christ in them. Therefore, all that He requires of them is to hold on to Him. The believers who hold on to Jesus Christ are the believers in the Church in Philadelphia. They are the Church that lives in brotherly love and holds on to Jesus. Jesus, therefore, gives a simple instruction to all who live according to the universal principle of selfless love. “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” Revelation 3:11. Christians should hold on to Jesus no matter what, even unto death. To such a Christian, Jesus will give the white clothes of His righteousness forever.