(1-6) To the Church in Sardis
The church in Sardis had a reputation of being spiritually alive, but in reality they were spiritually dead. The works that they did were incomplete in God’s sight and they were urged to wake up and repent. However, a few people in the church in Sardis were spiritually alive in Christ and had been found worthy to walk with Christ. Their names will never be erased from the book of life and Christ will confess their names before His Father, God, and before the angels. This will be done to all who believe in Him and are found faithful.
(7-13) To the Church in Philadelphia
The church in Philadelphia did not have much power, yet they kept God’s Word and did not deny the name of Christ. Because of their patient endurance, Christ promises to keep them from the time of trial that the whole world will endure.
(14-22) To the Church in Laodicea
Possibly because they have much material wealth, the church in Laodicea considers themselves rich, prosperous and in need of nothing. However, Christ does not consider them such. He sees them as wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked because they are not all in for Him. Instead of them being lukewarm, Christ would prefer for them to be completely for Him (hot) or completely against Him (cold). There really is no middle ground when it comes to following Jesus the Christ – either we do so or we don’t. Christ reproves and disciplines the church in Laodicea and the other churches because He loves them. So it is with us. When we are disciplined of the Lord it is not because He hates us, but because He loves us, wants the best for us, and desires for us to become more like Him.
Jesus the Christ stands and knocks at the door of the heart of every person. He does not demand that we let Him be our Saviour. He does not force His way into our hearts and lives. He asks us to let Him in. We only have good things to gain if we open our hearts and let Him inside.
Favorite verse: (20) Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.