"To the messenger of the church in Sardis, write: The one who has God's seven spirits and the seven stars says: I know what you have done. You are known for being alive, but you are dead.
Be alert, and strengthen the things that are left which are about to die. I have found that what you are doing has not been completed in the sight of my God.
So remember what you received and heard. Obey, and change the way you think and act. If you're not alert, I'll come like a thief. You don't know when I will come.
But you have a few people in Sardis who have kept their clothes clean. They will walk with me in white clothes because they deserve it.
Everyone who wins the victory this way will wear white clothes. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life. I will acknowledge them in the presence of my Father and his angels.
Let the person who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.