To the Church in Sardis
1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him # See ch. 1:4, 16 who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.
“‘I know your works. You have the reputation # 1 Tim. 5:6 of being alive, # See Luke 15:24 but you are dead. 2Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works #Acts 14:26complete in the sight of my God. 3#[2 Tim. 1:13] Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, #ch. 2:5 I will come #ch. 16:15; Matt. 24:43; 1 Thess. 5:2, 4; 2 Pet. 3:10like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 4Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not #Jude 23 soiled their garments, and they will walk with me #ch. 6:11; 7:9; [Eccles. 9:8] in white, for they are #[Luke 20:35]worthy. 5#See ch. 2:7 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never #See Ex. 32:32 blot his name out of #ch. 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; Phil. 4:3 the book of life. #Matt. 10:32; Luke 12:8I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6#[See ch. 2:7 above]He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
To the Church in Philadelphia
7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of # ch. 6:10 the holy one, # ver. 14; ch. 19:11; 1 John 5:20 the true one, # Isa. 22:22; [Luke 1:32] who has the key of David, # Job 12:14; [Matt. 16:19] who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
8 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you # Acts 14:27; 1 Cor. 16:9; 2 Cor. 2:12; Col. 4:3 an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make those of #ch. 2:9 the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, #[Isa. 45:14; 49:23; 60:14] I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that #Isa. 43:4I have loved you. 10#ch. 1:9; 2 Pet. 2:9 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try #ch. 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8, 14; 17:8those who dwell on the earth. 11#ch. 22:7, 12, 20 I am coming soon. #ch. 2:25 Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize #ch. 2:10your crown. 12#See ch. 2:7 The one who conquers, I will make him #1 Kgs. 7:21; 2 Chr. 3:17; Jer. 1:18; Gal. 2:9; [Ps. 23:6; 27:4] a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him #ch. 14:1; 22:4 the name of my God, and #ch. 21:2; Ezek. 48:35; [Gal. 4:26; Heb. 12:22] the name of the city of my God, #ch. 21:2; Ezek. 48:35; [Gal. 4:26; Heb. 12:22] the new Jerusalem, #ch. 21:10 which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own #ch. 2:17new name. 13#[See ch. 2:7 above]He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
To the Church in Laodicea
14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the # 2 Cor. 1:20 Amen, # ver. 7; ch. 1:5; 19:11; 22:6 the faithful and true witness, # Col. 1:15, 18; [ch. 21:6; 22:13; Prov. 8:22] the beginning of God’s creation.
15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. # [2 Pet. 2:21] Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17#Hos. 12:8; Zech. 11:5; 1 Cor. 4:8 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, #John 9:39-41; Eph. 1:18blind, and naked. 18I counsel you #Isa. 55:1; Matt. 13:44; 25:9; [Prov. 8:19] to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and #[ch. 19:8]; See ver. 4 white garments so that you may clothe yourself and #ch. 16:15 the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, #[See ver. 17 above]so that you may see. 19#See Heb. 12:6Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and #[Song 5:2] knock. #Luke 12:36 If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, #John 14:23; [Luke 24:29, 30]I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21#See ch. 2:7 The one who conquers, #ch. 20:4; [ch. 2:26; John 12:26; 2 Tim. 2:12]; See Matt. 19:28 I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as #ch. 5:5; 6:2; 17:14; John 16:33I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22#[See ch. 2:7 above]He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
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