The Dead Church
1“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,
‘These things says He who #Rev. 1:4, 16has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3#1 Tim. 6:20Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and #Rev. 3:19repent. #Matt. 24:42, 43; Luke 12:39Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you #1 Thess. 5:2; (2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 16:15)as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4You have #Acts 1:15a few names even in Sardis who have not #(Jude 23)defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me #Rev. 4:4; 6:11in white, for they are worthy. 5He who overcomes #(Rev. 19:8)shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not #Ex. 32:32; Ps. 69:28; Luke 10:20; (Rev. 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27)blot out his name from the #Phil. 4:3Book of Life; but #Matt. 10:32; Luke 12:8I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
6#Rev. 2:7“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’
The Faithful Church
7“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,
‘These things says #Acts 3:14He who is holy, #John 14:6; 1 John 5:20; Rev. 3:14; 19:11He who is true, #Is. 9:7; 22:22; Jer. 23:5“He who has the key of David, #(Matt. 16:19; Rev. 1:18)He who opens and no one shuts, and #Job 12:14shuts and no one opens”: 8#Rev. 3:1“I know your works. See, I have set before you #1 Cor. 16:9an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9Indeed I will make #Rev. 2:9those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed #Is. 45:14; 49:23; 60:14I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10Because you have kept My command to persevere, #2 Tim. 2:12; 2 Pet. 2:9I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon #Luke 2:1the whole world, to test those who dwell #Is. 24:17on the earth. 11Behold, #Phil. 4:5I am coming quickly! #Rev. 2:25Hold fast what you have, that no one may take #(Rev. 2:10)your crown. 12He who overcomes, I will make him #1 Kin. 7:21; Jer. 1:18; Gal. 2:9a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall #Ps. 23:6go out no more. #(Rev. 14:1; 22:4)I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the #(Heb. 12:22)New Jerusalem, which #Rev. 21:2comes down out of heaven from My God. #(Rev. 2:17; 22:4)And I will write on him My new name.
13#Rev. 2:7“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’
The Lukewarm Church
14“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,
#Is. 65:16; 2 Cor. 1:20‘These things says the Amen, #Rev. 1:5; 3:7; 19:11the Faithful and True Witness, #(Col. 1:15)the Beginning of the creation of God: 15#Rev. 3:1“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17Because you say, #Hos. 12:8; Zech. 11:5; (Matt. 5:3); 1 Cor. 4:8‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18I counsel you #Is. 55:1; Matt. 13:44to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and #2 Cor. 5:3white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19#Job 5:17As many as I love, I rebuke and #Prov. 3:12; (2 Cor. 11:32); Heb. 12:6chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20Behold, #Song 5:2I stand at the door and knock. #Luke 12:36, 37; John 10:3If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, #(John 14:23)I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21To him who overcomes #Matt. 19:28; 2 Tim. 2:12; (Rev. 2:26; 20:4)I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22#Rev. 2:7“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ ”