To the Church in Sardis

Revelation 3

1 "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'The words of him i who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. "'I know your works. You have the reputation j of being alive, k but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works l complete in the sight of my God. 3 m Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, n I will come o 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 p soiled their garments, and they will walk with me q in white, for they are r worthy. 5 s The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never t blot his name out of u the book of life. v I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 p He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

  1. Cross References
    Revelation 1:4
    John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne.
    Revelation 1:16
    In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
  2. Cross References
    1 Timothy 5:6
    But she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
  3. Cross References
    Luke 15:24
    For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate.
  4. Cross References
    Acts 14:26
    And from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled.
  5. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:13
    Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
  6. Cross References
    Revelation 2:5
    Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
  7. Cross References
    Revelation 16:15
    ("Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!")
    Matthew 24:43
    But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
    1 Thessalonians 5:2
    For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
    1 Thessalonians 5:4
    But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.
    2 Peter 3:10
    But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
  8. Cross References
    Jude 1:23
    Save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
  9. Cross References
    Revelation 6:11
    Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
    Revelation 7:9
    After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
    Ecclesiastes 9:8
    Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.
  10. Cross References
    Luke 20:35
    But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
  11. Cross References
    Revelation 2:7
    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
  12. Cross References
    Exodus 32:32
    But now, if you will forgive their sin - but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.
  13. Cross References
    Revelation 13:8
    And all who dwell on earth will worship it, eve...
    Revelation 17:8
    The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is ...
    Revelation 20:12
    And I saw the dead, great and small, standing b...
    Revelation 20:15
    And if anyone's name was not found written in t...
    Revelation 21:27
    But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor any...
    Philippians 4:3
    Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these...
  14. Cross References
    Matthew 10:32
    So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.
    Luke 12:8
    And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God.
  15. Cross References
    Revelation 2:7
    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
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