Christ’s Edict-letters to His Seven Churches

ChurchReferenceDescription of ChristCommendationRebukeSolutionConsequence of DisobediencePromise for Conquerors
Ephesus2:1–7holds the seven stars in his right hand; walks among the seven golden lampstandsdoctrinal vigilance and enduranceloss of first loveremember, repent, and do the works done at firstremoval of their lampstandwill be given the tree of life in paradise to eat
Smyrna2:8–11the first and the last, who died and came to lifespiritually rich, enduring persecutionbe faithful unto deathwill be given the crown of life and will not be hurt by the second death
Pergamum2:12–17has the sharp two-edged swordholding fast Christ’s name, not denying their faithfalse teachingrepentwar against them with the sword of Christ’s mouthwill be given hidden manna and a white stone with a new name on it
Thyatira2:18–29has eyes like a flame of fire, feet like burnished bronzegrowing love, evidenced in deeds of servicelack of discernment; toleration of heresyhold fast and keep Christ’s works till the endeach given as their works deservewill be given the morning star and authority over the nations
Sardis3:1–6has the seven spirits of God and the seven starsa few remain pure and loyaldead workskeep the Word and repentChrist will come like a thiefwill be clothed in white garments; name never blotted out of the book of life; name confessed before God and angels
Philadelphia3:7–13the holy one, the true one, who has the keys of Davidpatiently enduring, keeping God’s word and not denying his namehold fast what you havewill be made a pillar in the temple of God, inscribed with the names of God, the new Jerusalem, and Christ
Laodicea3:14–22the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creationspiritually blind, bankrupt, naked, lukewarmbuy gold, white garments, and salve from Christ; be zealous and repentwill be spit out of Christ’s mouthwill dine with Christ; will be granted to sit with Christ on his throne

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