The Seven Churches in Asia (Revelation 2-3)

“The Seven Churches in Asia (Revelation 2–3)” New Testament Teacher Resource Manual (2002), 298–99


Description of Christ

What They Did Right

What They Did Wrong

The Lord’s Correction

The Lord’s Promise

Ephesus (2:1–7)

“He that holdeth the seven stars [the leaders of the seven churches] in his right hand” (2:1).

“I know thy , and thy , and thy ” (2:2; see vv. 2–3, 6).

“Thou hast left thy first love [Christ]” (2:4).

“Repent, and do the first ” (2:5).

“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the ” (2:7).

Smyrna (2:8–11)

“The and the , which was dead, and is alive” (2:8).

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty” (2:9).

None given

“Fear none of those things … : be thou unto death” (2:10).

“I will give thee a of .

“… He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the ” (2:10–11).

Pergamos (2:12–17)

“He which hath the sharp sword with two edges” (2:12).

“Thou holdest fast my , and hast not denied my ” (2:13).

Some had accepted false teachers and were following false doctrines (see 2:14–15).

“Repent” (2:16).

“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna” (2:17). Manna, or the bread of life, symbolizes Jesus Christ (see John 6:31–35, 48).

Thyatira (2:18–29)

“The Son of God, who hath … eyes like unto a flame of , and his feet are like ” (2:18).

“I know thy , and , and , and faith, and thy patience” (2:19).

Some were suffering (allowing) false doctrines to be taught and were committing fornication (see 2:20–23).

“I will give unto every one of you according to your works” (2:23).

“To him who overcometh … will I give power over many kingdoms.

“And he shall rule them with the ” (JST, 2:26–27).

Sardis (3:1–6)

“He who hath the seven stars, which are the seven servants of God” (JST, 3:1).

“Thou hast a few … which have not defiled their [were not spiritually filthy]” (3:4).

“I have not found thy works perfect before God” (3:2).

“Hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not , I will come on thee as a [suddenly]” (3:3).

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in ; 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” (3:5).

Philadelphia (3:7–13)

“He that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the ” (3:7).

“Thou … hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” (3:8; see also v. 10).

Those “which say they are Jews, and are not” become “the synagogue of ” (3:9).

“Hold that fast which thou hast” (3:11).

They will become in the temple of God and will have the names of God and of the New Jerusalem written on them (see 3:12–13).

Laodicea (3:14–22)

“The , the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God” (3:14).

None given

They were “neither nor .” They were “” (3:15–16).

Buy gold from Christ (obtain treasure in heaven), clothe themselves with (become pure), and anoint their eyes (so they could see spiritually; see 3:18).

“If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him. …

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne” (3:20–21).