E. The Church in Sardis --
The Church in Reformation
1 And to the messenger of the church in 1Sardis write: These things says He who has the 2aseven Spirits of God and the 2bseven stars: I cknow your works, that you have a 3name that you are dliving, and yet you are edead.
2 Become awatchful and establish the 1things which remain, which were about to die; for I have found none of your works 2bcompleted before My God.
3 aRemember therefore how you have received and heard, and keep it and brepent. If therefore you will not watch, I will ccome as a 1dthief, and you shall by no means know at what ehour I will come upon you.
4 But you have a few names in Sardis who have not 1adefiled their garments, and they will walk with Me in 2bwhite because they are worthy.
5 He who 1aovercomes will be 2clothed thus, in bwhite garments, and I shall by no means 3cerase his name out of the 4dbook of life, and I will 5econfess his name before My Father and before His angels.
6 He who has an aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the churches.
F. The Church in Philadelphia --
The Church in Recovery
7 And to the messenger of the church in 1Philadelphia write: These things says the 2aHoly One, the btrue One, the One who has the 3ckey of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
8 I aknow your works; behold, I have put before you an 1bopened door which cno one can shut, because you have a 2little power and have dkept My 3word and have not edenied My 3name.
9 Behold, I will make those of the 1asynagogue of bSatan, those who call themselves cJews and are 2not, but lie -- behold, I will cause them to come and dfall 3prostrate before your feet and to know that I have eloved you.
10 Because you have akept the 1word of My bendurance, I also will 2ckeep you out of the hour of dtrial, which is about to come on the whole inhabited earth, to try them who edwell on the earth.
11 I 1acome quickly; bhold fast what you have that no one take your 2ccrown.
12 He who 1aovercomes, him I will make a 2bpillar in the ctemple of My God, and he shall by no means go out anymore, and I will write upon him the 3dname of My God and the name of the city of My God, the eNew Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My fnew name.
13 He who has an aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the churches.
G. The Church in Laodicea --
The Church in Degradation
14 And to the messenger of the church in 1aLaodicea write: These things says the 2bAmen, the faithful and true cWitness, the 3dbeginning of the creation of God:
15 I aknow your works, that you are neither cold nor 1hot; I wish that you were cold or 1bhot.
16 So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am about to 1spew you out of My mouth.
17 Because you 1say, I am awealthy and have become rich and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are 2bwretched and miserable and poor and cblind and dnaked,
18 I counsel you to 1abuy from Me 2bgold crefined by dfire that you may be erich, and 3fwhite garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your gnakedness may not be manifested, and 4eyesalve to hanoint your eyes that you may see.
19 As many as I alove I reprove and bdiscipline; be 1zealous therefore and crepent.
20 Behold, I stand at the 1adoor and bknock; if anyone chears My dvoice and 2opens the door, then I will ecome in to him and 3dine with him and he with Me.
21 He who 1aovercomes, to him I will give to 2sit with Me on My bthrone, as I also covercame and dsat ewith My Father on His throne.
22 He who has an aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the 1churches.