CHAPTER 3

1) And unto the angel of the church of 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 namethat 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 have 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 have the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth that 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 has 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 my 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 spew 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 councel 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 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3:1 Reputation in sardis was very good, however they were relying on their old reputation while being unregenerative and unredeemed.
3:2 use to be on fire for God, but backslidden and need to get back to God
3:3 not the 2nd coming but a visit to inflict harm and destruction to the unrepentant. 1 thess 5:1-9
3:4 better to go to this church than to none at all Heb 10:25
3:5 born again
3:6 ear- believers, soundly saved
3:7 Philadelphia-modern Alashehir, Turkey
3:8 Despite persecution, have held faith and have not compromised for anything, admitted to kingdom.
3:9 Rom 2:28-29, Ph 3:3, 1 Jn 2:22, Mt 3:9, who goes to synagogue? unbelieving jews God will make them see that the saved will be more loved.
3:10 Rev 14:7, 17:12, 18:10, 17, 19 Hour only mentioned and all are after anti christ , not the tribulation but Wrath. all 22 mentions are about wrath, not rapture 
3:11 when he comes it will be done quick not a reference to imminence.
3:12 overcome, saved
3:13 ear, soundly saved
3:14 Laodicea, wealthy, commerce sector, banking, wool, medicine(mostly eyes) and tepid dirty polluted water, christ uses all these to illustrate unsaved condition.
3:15 wishy washy, half in half out.  judgment would be easier if they were 1 or the other
3:16 hypocrites not knowing christ but proffessing to know him.  using gospel for own good.  some also believe catholocism was born from this church(wealthy but religious not spiritual)
3:17 physical wealth means nothing hell is full of rich people.  ex 48:22, Is 47
3:18 using their busuness and commerce to prove a point (3:14)
3:19 pr 13:24, 23:13-14, 3:11-12, heb 12:5-11, ps 23:4
3:20 an invitation to an unrepentant church, any member can open door to salvation.
3:21 to rule and reign with Christ
3:22 ear, true believer