-The same format that addressed the first four churchis is used for the last three churches as the Lord addresses the angels of Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Their works are known and both positive and negative qualities are discussed in each with the exception of Philadelphia, which had no negative.
-Sardis was known for being alive, but it was dead. The Lord told them to wake up and strengthen what remained that was about to die. Their works were not complete in the eyes of God. They were instructed to remember what they had seen and heard, keep it and repent. If they refuse to wake up, the Lord said that He would come against them like a thief at an unknown hour. There were some who had not “soiled their garments (become unclean),” and those would walk with Jesus in white for they are worthy. These would overcome and wear white garments (the righteousness of Christ) and never be blotted out from the book of life (Psalm 69:28, Philippians 4:3, Revelation 3:1-6; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19).
-Philadelphia had an open door that no one could shut. They had a little power, yet kept God’s Word and did not deny His Name. God promised to make the synagogue of Satan bow before them at their feet. These evil ones would know in the end that God loved Philadelphia and their righteousness. They were commended for patient endurance and would be kept from the hour of testing that is coming upon the whole world. They are told to hold fast what they have, so that no one seizes their crown (reward). These overcomers (conquerors) would be pillars in the Temple of God forever and would receive new names of various kinds (Revelation 3:7-13).
-Laodicea is described as lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, which infuriated the Lord to the point of being vomited up. They claimed to be rich with prosperity needing nothing, but they were actually wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. God’s recommendation was to buy from Him gold refined by fire and white garments of righteousness to gain needed wealth spiritually speaking. This would be healing salve to anoint their eyes so that they could see. Those whom the Lord loves, He disciplines and reproves; therefore, their instruction was to be zealous for the Lord and repent from the evil. Jesus is standing at the door knocking. If anyone hears His voice and opens the door, He will come in and eat with him and abide. To these overcomers (conquerors) will be given the opportunity to sit down with the Father on His throne (Revelation 3:14-22).
-*Application* These churches represent what can also happen in our own spiritual walk for sure. We need to keep enduring patiently, not being stained by this world (James 1:27). We need to walk with Christ every day with His confidence and His righteousness with genuineness. We need to go through His opened doors to minister to people and hold fast to His Word. We don’t ever want to become apathetic and lukewarm to spiritual things where we don’t care. We need refining by the challenges and trials of life. We need to let Christ in and dine with His presence as He longs to abide with us. May we become overcomers (conquerors) in His Name every single day as we await His coming.
Verse to Memorize: Revelation 3:20