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Christ’s Letter to Sardis

Write the following to the messenger of the congregation in Sardis,[a] for these are the words of the one who holds the seven Spirits of God[b] and the seven stars:

I know all that you do and I know that you have a reputation for being really “alive,” but you’re actually dead!

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  1. Revelation 3:1 Sardis can mean “those who have escaped” or “red ones” (jewels). How we need to escape every form of religious bondage on our journey into Christlikeness. By the blood of Christ, we are redeemed and set free to be his fiery (red) ones, like jewels before God. Twice in the history of Sardis it had fallen to its enemies because it was not alert and watching. It was conquered once in 549 BC by King Cyrus of Persia, and again in 214 BC by Antiochus the Great. For this reason, the people of Sardis were asleep and needed an awakening.
  2. Revelation 3:1 Or “the seven-fold Spirit of God.” See 1:16.