Rewards to Him Who Overcomes

• To him I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the middle of the paradise of God. (2:7)

• He will not be hurt by the second death. (2:11)

• I will give him the hidden manna to eat, and I will give him a white stone with a new name written on it, which no man knows except he that receives it. (2:17)

• To him, who overcomes and keeps my works until the end, I will give power over the nations, even as I received this power from my Father. And he who overcomes will rule them with a rod of iron and they will be broken to slivers like the vessels of a potter. And I will give him the morning star. (2:26-28)

• He will be clothed in white garments; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, instead I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. (3:5)

• I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out no more: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name. (3:12)

• I will grant to him to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (3:21)

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Descriptions of Jesus to the Seven Churches in Asia

In the Book of Revelation, JESUS is described as:

  • He who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks (2:1)
  • The first and the last, who was dead, and is alive (2:8)
  • He who has the sharp sword with two edges (2:12)
  • The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire and feet like fine brass (2:18)
  • I am he who searches the reins and hearts: and I will give to every one of you according to your works. (2:23)
  • He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars (3:1)
  • He that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David, he that opens and no man shuts; and he shuts and no man opens (3:7)
  • The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God (3:14)
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The Seven Churches of Asia in Revelation

Revelation 2-3

1. Ephesus

2. Smyrna

3. Pergamos

4. Thyatira

5. Sardis

6. Philadelphia

7. Laodicea

QUESTIONS

40. To each of the seven churches, Jesus said, “I know your ______________.” (Revelation 2:2, 9, 13, 19 and 3:1,8,15)

41. The letters to each church end with the words, “He that has an _______, let him hear what the ____________ is saying to the ______________.” (Revelation 2:7,11,17,29 and 3:6,13,22)

42. Jesus said nothing negative about which two churches?

43. Jesus said nothing positive about which church?

ANSWERS

40. Works

41. Ear, Spirit, churches

42. Churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia

43. Church of Laodiceans

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The Letter to the Angel of the Church of the Laodiceans

Revelation 3:14-22

14] To the angel of the church of the Laodiceans

Descriptions of Jesus:

• the Amen

• the faithful and true witness

• the beginning of the creation of God;

Says these things:

Attributes:

None

Shortcomings:

15] I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot.

Warning:

• 16] Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

• 17] Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and you do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.

  1. (8) I counsel you to buy from me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich;
  2. o Buy a white garment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear;
  3. Anoint your eyes with eye-salve, that you may see.

Instructions:

• 19] As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous and repent.

• 20] Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. If any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with me.

Rewards:

21] To him who overcomes:

I will grant to him to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22] He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

QUESTIONS:

36. Christ told the church of the Laodiceans that they are neither ______________ nor _____________. They are ___________________ and he will spew them out of his _____________________. (3:15-16)

37. The church of the Laodiceans says they are _______, and ______________, and have _____________. (3:17) But Christ says you “don’t know that you are _______________, and ________________, and ________________, and ______________, and _____________________.” (3:17)

38. What does Christ do to those he loves?

Therefore we should be ________________ and _________________.(3:19)

39. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the ____________, and ____________: if any man __________ my voice, and __________ the door, I will come in to him and will ______________ with him, and he with me.

ANSWERS:

36. Cold, hot, lukewarm, mouth

37. Rich, increased with goods, need of nothing, wretched, miserable, poor, blind, naked

38. Rebuke and chasten, be zealous, repent

39. Door, knock, hear, open, dine

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The Letter to the Church of Philadelphia

Revelation 3:7-13

7] Write to the angel of the church in Philadelphia.

Description of Jesus:

• He that is holy,

• He that is true,

• He that has the key of David,

• He that opens and no man shuts; and shuts and no man opens.

Says these things:

Attributes:

8] I know your works: I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: because you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.

Shortcomings:

None

Rewards:

9] I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not but lie, come and worship before your feet, and know that I have loved you. (10) Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come on all the world to test them that dwell on the earth.

Warning:

11] I come quickly: hold fast to that which you have, that no man take your crown.

Reward:

12] He who overcomes:

• I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out no more:

• I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name.

13] He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

QUESTIONS
33. In Revelation 3:8, Jesus commends the church in Philadelphia, saying, “for you have a little __________________, and have kept ______________, and have not denied ______________.

34. Why will Christ keep the church in Philadelphia from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (3:10)

35. In Revelation 3:11, the church in Philadelphia is instructed to hold fast to that which they have, that no man take their _________.

ANSWERS
33. Strength, my word, my name

34. Because they have kept the word of his patience

35. Crown

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The Book of Life

Philippians 4:3 …true fellow-worker help those women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with my other fellowlaborers, whose names are in the book of life.

Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 13:8 And all who dwell upon the earth, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, shall worship the beast.

Revelation 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and shall go into perdition: and they who dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Revelation 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into the holy city any thing that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

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The Letter to the Angel of the Church in Sardis:

Revelation 3:1-6

1] Write to the angel of the church in Sardis:

Description of Jesus:

He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars;

Says these things:

Shortcomings:

1] I know your works, that you have a name that you live, but you are dead.

Instructions:

• 2] Be watchful

• Strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before God.

• 3] So remember how you have received and heard, and hold fast and repent.

Warnings:

If you will not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

Attributes:

4] You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Rewards:

• 5] He that overcomes will be clothed in a white garment;

• I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,

• I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6] He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Questions
29. Jesus said to the church in Sardis, “I know your works, that you have a name that you _______, and are _________. (3:1)

English Standard Version (ESV) translates Revelation 3:1b as: “I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

30. In Revelation 3:3, Jesus tells the church in Sardis to remember what they have received and ___________ and to hold fast and _____________.

31. What will Jesus do if the church in Sardis fails to watch? (3:3)

32. What will happen to the few in Sardis who have not defiled their garments? (3:4)

ANSWERS

29. Alive, dead

30. Heard, repent

31. He will come on them as a thief

32. I (Jesus) will not blot his name out of the book of life, but will confess his name before my Father
and before his angels.

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