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The Letter to Sardis
Meaningremnant,1 those escaping,2 renovation,3 the sun, red ones, prince of joy4
Titles And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ’These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: (Rev. Rev. 3:1+)
Commendation You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments (Rev. Rev. 3:4+).
Criticism I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead (Rev. Rev. 3:1+).
Exhortation Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you (Rev. Rev. 3:2-3+).
Promises You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels (Rev. Rev. 3:4-6+).
Commentary Revelation 3:1


1 “[Some] have derived it from the Hebrew, and have assigned it the signification of remnant, or an escaped few.”—J. A. Seiss, The Apocalypse: Lectures on the Book of Revelation (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1966), 71.

2 J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come: A Study in Biblical Eschatology (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958), 152.

3 Ibid.

4 Jerome Smith, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992), Rev. 3:1.