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Overcomers from Sardis (Rev. 3:5)
The Saviour mentions three blessings that will be given to overcomers and each of the blessings is connected to the Day of Judgement. One of the blessings, that of wearing white robes, refers to what took place when people celebrated great victories. They w...

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Sardis is rebuked (Rev. 3:1-4)
The striking feature of the church in Sardis is that no defects are highlighted. The sins that marked Pergamum and Thyatira are not mentioned, nor is the lack of love that marked Ephesus. Yet although those churches were rebuked for those sins, they were al...

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Hope for the Church in Sardis (Rev. 3:1)
Jesus describes himself as the one who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. The seven spirits of God are mentioned in the doxology in Revelation 1:4-5 as being, along with the Father and the Son, the source of divine grace and peace. Since only...

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Jesus in the letter to Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29)
Jesus reminded the Christians in Thyatira that he is
the sovereign appointed by the Father after ascending to heaven. He mentions this appointment when
referring to the authority he will yet give to his people. The position Jesus has
is connected to his rol...

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Promise from Jesus to Thyatira (Rev. 2:26-29)
gives two promises to the overcomers. One is authority over the nations. The
authority is similar to that which was given to Jesus by the Father. It is an authority to implement
punishment as we can see from its description as being like a rod of iron...

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Criticising the church in Thyatira (Rev. 2:20-23)
There was a similarity between the wrong practices in Pergamum and in Thyatira, which was that false teachers were advocating participation in pagan temple practices. The difference between the two churches is that the sinful teaching in Thyatira came from ...

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The Commendation of Jesus (Rev. 2:19, 24-25)
The commendation of Jesus once again shows the variety that exists in church life. He mentions the kinds of work in which his people in Thyatira engaged for him. Unlike the church in Ephesus, which was described in the first letter, their love was stronger ...

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Jesus Comes to Thyatira
The individual from Thyatira that most Christians know about is Lydia, who came to faith in Christ when she heard Paul in Philippi (Acts 16:14). It is not known whether she was involved in helping commence the church in Thyatira, although we can assume that...

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The White Stone (Revelation 2:17)
Sometimes an illustration from ancient times is difficult for us to understand because it can have more than one usage. This is the case here with the reference to the white stone. Its meaning is open to several suggestions, but three have applications in t...

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The Consolation from Jesus for Pergamum (Rev. 2:17)
As with the other churches, the promise that Jesus gives is connected to the future life of believers. This future life is referred to in the illustration of the white stone. It may also be referred to by the illustration of the hidden manna. We will think ...
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