Revelation Chapter 3

John continues dictating the letters to the seven churches in Revelation Chapter 3. He was writing down the words of Jesus just as he had been instructed to do.

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Letter to Sardis

In this message, Jesus told the church that although they were technically alive, they were starting to appear a little dead. He said that it was time they woke up and got back to the right path or they would be surprised when He returns for them. They had to get themselves ready because Jesus would come like a thief at night.

Jesus used the symbolism of white clothes to refer to a clean life. Many in the church at Sardis were wearing dirty clothes while others were dressed in fresh white robes. Those in clean clothes were the only ones walking with Jesus. However, if the others repented, He would give all of them clean white clothes as well as have their names written in the Book of Life.

Letter to Philadelphia

Here, Jesus has offered them a door that cannot be shut by anyone. It is their entrance to God’s kingdom. He is aware that they do not have much power where they are at, but He is glad they have remained faithful to Him.

There are people who have been lying about the Christians of this church, but before long these same people will be bowing down at their feet. Jesus tells them to just keep the faith and if they do, they will all get the name of God written on them.

Letter to Laodicea

Jesus said that the church in Laodicea was lukewarm. Some of the people in this church were boasting of being very spiritually rich but, in reality, they were poor, naked, and blind. He said they had it all wrong.

For them to be truly rich, Jesus said they had to turn to Him. He is standing at their door knocking and all they had to do was open the door. If they did that, He said, they would all have a place next to Him on His throne.

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Revelation 3 (King James Version)

1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

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