Revelation of John 3He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. 1
To the Church in Sardis2 To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These [are] the words of the [One who] holds the sevenfold Spirit ▼
▼Literal seven spiritsof God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have [a] reputation for being alive, yet you are dead. 3 Wake up and strengthen what remains, which was about to die; for I have found your deeds incomplete in the sight of My God. 4 Remember, then, what you have received and heard. Keep [it] and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know the hour when I will come upon you. 5 But you do have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments, and because they are worthy, they will walk with Me in white. 6 Like [them] , the [one who] is victorious will be dressed in white. And I will never blot out ▼
▼Or scrape offhis name from the book of life, [but] I will confess his name before My Father and His angels. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To the Church in Philadelphia8 To [the] angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These [are] the words of the [One who is] holy [and] true, who holds the key of David. What He opens, no one will shut; and what He shuts, no one will open. 9 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door, which no one can shut. For you have only a little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name. 10 Look at [those who belong] to the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews [but] are liars instead. I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and they will know that I love you. 11 Because you have kept My command to endure with patience, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 12 I am coming soon. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 13 The [one who] is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will never again leave [it] . Upon him I will write the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God) , and My new name. 14 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To the Church in Laodicea15 To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These [are] the words of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation. 16 I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. [How] I wish you were [one] or [the other] ! 17 So because you are lukewarm— neither hot nor cold— I am about to vomit you out of My mouth! 18 You say, ‘I am rich; I have grown wealthy and need nothing.’ [But] you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. 19 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, white garments so that you may be clothed and your shameful nakedness not exposed, and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 20 Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent. 21 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me. 22 To [the one] who is victorious, I will grant [the right] to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
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