Revelation 3

“I know your works” – Jesus says this over and over to the 7 churches in chapters 2 and 3.

Chapter 1 pictured Jesus “in the midst of the 7 lampstands” (some versions say candlesticks) which are the 7 churches. We know God is everywhere and sees everything but those words remind us he is nearby watching.

Today’s reading, Chapter 3 addresses the churches at Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

What are some good things that could be said about these churches?

What are some bad things?

What is the message from Jesus to the churches that were not doing as they should (see verse 3, 19)?

Having completed these introductory “cover letters”, the real vision of Revelation begins tomorrow!

5 thoughts on “Revelation 3

  1. Sardis was not found perfect nor watchful, but that was not all of its members. A few were still found worthy.
    Philadelphia seems to be a strong and faithful church (“you have kept my command to persevere”) so will not suffer the “hour of trial” the other churches will have.
    The Laodiceans, conversely, seem to have nothing to commend them being the lukewarm church. But Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock,” so He hasn’t given up on them yet.

    Jesus says “Repent!” to the churches not doing as they should. He holds out hope that the churches can overcome (3:5) and that they can still sit with Him on His throne (3:21).

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  2. Jimmy,like I asked you about ch. 2, in ch. 3, Jesus is also calling himself the Saint. Verse 22, verse 13, & verse 6. Why was Jesus calling himself the Saint?


    1. 3:6, 13, and 22 all say “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”‘ and thats how Jesus closes each of these little letters. Even though it is Jesus speaking, it is also the message of the Spirit. Just we need to hear what the Spirit says to us through the Bible. The Spirit communicated it to John who wrote it for us.

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  3. Thank you so much Jimmy. All this time, I was just seeing and thinking that Jesus was saying it and calling himself the Spirit. I just did learn, from, someone one else at church, about 2 weeks ago, that the Holy Spirit was with the authors of the Bible, when they were writing in, helping them, and making sure that the information in there was correct, accurate, and totally truthful. I had NEVER EVER even heard that before. I basically know almost nothing about the Holy Spirit and maybe that is why a lot of things, like this confuse me so much. Thanks for your helpful reply, and it does make a lot of sense.

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