Bible: Revelation 2-3

To the Church in Ephesus

2:1To the angel of the church in Ephesus, 1  write the following: 2 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 3  the one who has a firm grasp on 4  the seven stars in his right hand 5 the one who walks among the seven golden 6  lampstands: 2:2 I know your works as well as your 7  labor and steadfast endurance, and that you cannot tolerate 8  evil. You have even put to the test 9  those who refer to themselves as apostles (but are not), and have discovered that they are false. 2:3 I am also aware 10  that you have persisted steadfastly, 11  endured much for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary. 2:4 But I have this against you: You have departed 12  from your first love! 2:5 Therefore, remember from what high state 13  you have fallen and repent! Do 14  the deeds you did at the first; 15  if not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place – that is, if you do not repent. 16  2:6 But you do have this going for you: 17  You hate what the Nicolaitans 18  practice 19 practices I also hate. 2:7 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 20  I will permit 21  him to eat from the tree of life that is 22  in the paradise of God.’ 23 

To the Church in Smyrna

2:8To 24  the angel of the church in Smyrna write the following: 25 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 26  the one who is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but 27  came to life: 2:9 I know the distress you are suffering 28  and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know 29  the slander against you 30  by those who call themselves Jews and really are not, but are a synagogue 31  of Satan. 2:10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown 32  into prison so you may be tested, 33  and you will experience suffering 34  for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. 35  2:11 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers 36  will in no way be harmed by the second death.’

To the Church in Pergamum

2:12To 37  the angel of the church in Pergamum write the following: 38 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 39  the one who has the sharp double-edged sword: 40  2:13 I know 41  where you live – where Satan’s throne is. Yet 42  you continue to cling 43  to my name and you have not denied your 44  faith in me, 45  even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, 46  who was killed in your city 47  where Satan lives. 2:14 But I have a few things against you: You have some people there who follow the teaching of Balaam, 48  who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block 49  before the people 50  of Israel so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality. 51  2:15 In the same way, there are also some among you who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 52  2:16 Therefore, 53  repent! If not, I will come against you quickly and make war against those people 54  with the sword of my mouth. 2:17 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 55  I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white 56  stone, 57  and on that stone will be written a new name that no one can understand 58  except the one who receives it.’

To the Church in Thyatira

2:18To 59  the angel of the church in Thyatira writethe following: 60 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 61  the Son of God, the one who has eyes like a fiery flame 62  and whose feet are like polished bronze: 63  2:19 I know your deeds: your love, faith, 64  service, and steadfast endurance. 65  In fact, 66  your more recent deeds are greater than your earlier ones. 2:20 But I have this against you: You tolerate that 67  woman 68  Jezebel, 69  who calls herself a prophetess, and by her teaching deceives 70  my servants 71  to commit sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 72  2:21 I 73  have given her time to repent, but 74  she is not willing to repent of her sexual immorality. 2:22 Look! I am throwing her onto a bed of violent illness, 75  and those who commit adultery with her into terrible suffering, 76  unless they repent of her deeds. 2:23 Furthermore, I will strike her followers 77  with a deadly disease, 78  and then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts. I will repay 79  each one of you 80  what your deeds deserve. 81  2:24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, all who do not hold to this teaching 82  (who have not learned the so-called “deep secrets 83  of Satan), to you I say: I do not put any additional burden on you. 2:25 However, hold on to what you have until I come. 2:26 And to the one who conquers 84  and who continues in 85  my deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations 86 

2:27 he 87  will rule 88  them with an iron rod 89 

and like clay jars he will break them to pieces, 90 

2:28 just as I have received the right to rule 91  from my Father – and I will give him the morning star. 92  2:29 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

To the Church in Sardis

3:1To 93  the angel of the church in Sardis write the following: 94 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 95  the one who holds 96  the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a reputation 97  that you are alive, but 98  in reality 99  you are dead. 3:2 Wake up then, and strengthen what remains that was about 100  to die, because I have not found your deeds complete 101  in the sight 102  of my God. 3:3 Therefore, remember what you received and heard, 103  and obey it, 104  and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will never 105  know at what hour I will come against 106  you. 3:4 But you have a few individuals 107  in Sardis who have not stained 108  their clothes, and they will walk with me dressed 109  in white, because they are worthy. 3:5 The one who conquers 110  will be dressed like them 111  in white clothing, 112  and I will never 113  erase 114  his name from the book of life, but 115  will declare 116  his name before my Father and before his angels. 3:6 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

To the Church in Philadelphia

3:7To 117  the angel of the church in Philadelphia write the following: 118 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 119  the Holy One, the True One, who holds the key of David, who opens doors 120  no one can shut, and shuts doors 121  no one can open: 3:8 I know your deeds. (Look! I have put 122  in front of you an open door that no one can shut.) 123  I know 124  that you have little strength, 125  but 126  you have obeyed 127  my word and have not denied my name. 3:9 Listen! 128  I am going to make those people from the synagogue 129  of Satan – who say they are Jews yet 130  are not, but are lying – Look, I will make 131  them come and bow down 132  at your feet and acknowledge 133  that I have loved you. 3:10 Because you have kept 134  my admonition 135  to endure steadfastly, 136  I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away 137  your crown. 138  3:12 The one who conquers 139  I will make 140  a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never depart from it. I 141  will write on him 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), 142  and my new name as well. 3:13 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

To the Church in Laodicea

3:14To 143  the angel of the church in Laodicea write the following: 144 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 145  the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator 146  of God’s creation: 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. 147  I wish you were either cold or hot! 3:16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going 148  to vomit 149  you out of my mouth! 3:17 Because you say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, 150  and need nothing,” but 151  do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, 152  poor, blind, and naked, 3:18 take my advice 153  and buy gold from me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from me 154  white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness 155  will not be exposed, and buy eye salve 156  to put on your eyes so you can see! 3:19 All those 157  I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! 3:20 Listen! 158  I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home 159  and share a meal with him, and he with me. 3:21 I will grant the one 160  who conquers 161  permission 162  to sit with me on my throne, just as I too conquered 163  and sat down with my Father on his throne. 3:22 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

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