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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Revelation Chapter 3

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (95 AD)
Overview: God Reveals the Future to John (c 1-22)
Theme: Letters to the 7 Churches (c 1-3)
Message:Messages to the Churches (v 1-22)

Revelation 3 Commentary

(3:1-6) The Message to the Church in Sardis - The letter carrier continued south from Thyatira for about thirty miles to reach the city of Sardis. The problem in this church was not heresy but spiritual death. Despite its reputation for being active, Sardis was infested with sin. The church’s deeds were evil, and its clothes were soiled. The Spirit had no words of commendation for this church that looked so good on the outside but was so corrupt on the inside.

(3:7-13) The Message to the Church in Philadelphia - About twenty-five miles southeast of Sardis on a high plateau sat the city of Philadelphia. The city was also about one hundred miles due east of Smyrna (another city on the letter carrier’s route). Christ had no words of rebuke for this church. Though small and struggling, the church in Philadelphia had stayed true to Christ, and he told them simply to hold on to what they had.

(3:14-22) The Message to the Church in Laodicea - At the end of the route was Laodicea, about forty-five miles southeast of Philadelphia. The problem in this church was self-sufficiency, which caused believers to forget their need of pure love and faith in the Savior.

Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Revelation with Chapter 3 and today we see 3 more of the 7 Churches mentioned when the Lord told John to pen down this Chapter. We see the Lifeless Church in Sardis. The obedient Church mentioned in Philadelphia, and the Lukewarm Church of Laodicea. Do you see your attitude in one of these Churches? The one that stands out to me is the Lukewarm Church and how this Church makes the Lord sick. The apathy of this Church upsets the Lord because they were not hot or cold. He even says He will spew them out of His mouth. The Lord on the other hand is described as one who is busy, standing at the door an knocking for all to come to repentance. How about you? Do you see your life in one of these Churches. Let us learn from out text today and Let us follow the Lord's example to be diligent about His business until His return. Let's try to please Him in our daily walk.


Revelation 3

Revelation 3

 1And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

 2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

 3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

 4Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

 5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; 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.

 6He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

 8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

 9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

 12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

 13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

 15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

 18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

 20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.