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Revelation

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write this: The one who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says: I know your works, that you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains that is about to die, because I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. So remember what you have received and heard, obey it and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will in no way know when I will come to you. But you have a few people in Sardis who have not stained their clothes, and they will walk with me dressed in white, because they are worthy. The one who overcomes will be dressed like them in white, and I will in no way erase his name from the book of life, but will declare his name before my Father and His angels. Let everyone who has ears listen to what the spirit says to the churches. “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia, write this: The one who is holy and true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one can shut, and who shuts and no one can open, says: I recognize your works. Look! I have put in front of you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have obeyed my word and have not denied my name. Look! I will make some of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but are lying — I will make them come and worship at your feet and recognize that I have loved you. Because you have kept my word of perseverance, I will keep you from the time of testing which is about to come on the whole world, to test those who live on the earth. I am coming quickly. Hold firmly to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. The one who overcomes, I will make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never leave it. I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God — the new Jerusalem which will come down out of heaven from my God — and my new name. Let everyone who has ears listen to what the spirit says to the churches. “To the angel of the church in Laodicea, write this: The Amen, the faithful and true Gospel-witness, the ruler of God’s creation, says: I recognize your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and do not need anything,’ but do not recognize that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked, I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich. Buy from me white clothing to put on so that your shameful nakedness will not be revealed, and buy ointment to put on your eyes so that you can see. All those I love, I correct and discipline. So be zealous and repent. Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come to his house to eat with him, and he with me. The one who overcomes, I will give the privilege of taking his seat with me on my throne, just as I overcame and took my seat with my Father on His throne. Let everyone who has ears listen to what the spirit says to the churches.”

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