Revelation 3 - Christ's Aggressive Church
Don't just sit there! Jesus calls you to be an aggressive, competitive member of His Church.
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Revelation 3 (ESV)
1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write:
‘The words of him who has
the seven spirits of God
and the seven stars.
“ ‘I know your works.
You have the reputation of being alive,
but you are dead.
2 Wake up, and strengthen
and is about to die,
for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
3 Remember, then,
what you received and heard.
Keep it, and repent.
If you will not wake up,
I will come like a thief,
and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis,
people who have not soiled their garments,
and they will walk with me
for they are worthy.
5 The one who conquers
will be clothed thus in white garments,
and I will never blot his name out of the book of life.
I will confess his name
before my Father
and before his angels.
6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
‘The words of
the holy one,
the true one,
has the key of David,
who opens and no one will shut,
who shuts and no one opens.
8 “ ‘I know your works.
I have set before you 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.
9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan
who say that they are Jews
and are not, but lie—
behold, I will make them
come and bow down before your feet,
and they will learn that I have loved you.
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 those who dwell on the earth.
11 I am coming soon.
Hold fast what you have,
so that no one may seize your crown.
12 The one who conquers,
I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God.
Never shall he go out of it,
and I will write on him
the name of my God,
and the name of the city of my God,
the new Jerusalem,
which comes down from my God out of heaven,
and my own new name.
13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
‘The words of
the faithful and true witness,
the beginning of God’s creation.
15 “ ‘I know your works:
you are neither cold nor hot.
Would that you were either cold or hot!
because you are lukewarm,
and neither hot nor cold,
I will spit you out of my mouth.
17 For you say,
I am rich,
I have prospered,
and I need nothing,
not realizing that you are