Christ’s Edict-Letters to His Seven Churches

Church Description of Christ Commendation Rebuke Solution Consequence of Disobedience Promise for Conquerors
Ephesus (2:1–7) holds the seven stars in his right hand; walks among the seven golden lampstands doctrinal vigilance and endurance loss of first love remember, repent, and do the works done at first removal of their lampstand will be given the tree of life in paradise to eat
Smyrna (2:8–11) the first and the last, who died and came to life spiritually rich, enduring persecution be faithful unto death will be given the crown of life and will not be hurt by the second death
Pergamum (2:12–17) has the sharp two-edged sword holding fast Christ’s name, not denying their faith false teaching repent war against them with the sword of Christ’s mouth will be given hidden manna and a white stone with a new name on it
Thyatira (2:18–29) has eyes like a flame of fire, feet like burnished bronze growing love, evidenced in deeds of service lack of discernment; toleration of heresy hold fast and keep Christ’s works till the end each given as their works deserve will be given the morning star and authority over the nations
Sardis (3:1–6) has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars a few remain pure and loyal dead works keep the Word and repent Christ will come like a thief will be clothed in white garments; name never blotted out of the book of life; name confessed before God and angels
Philadelphia (3:7–13) the holy one, the true one, who has the keys of David patiently enduring, keeping God’s word and not denying his name hold fast what you have will be made a pillar in the temple of God, inscribed with the names of God, the new Jerusalem, and Christ
Laodicea (3:14–22) the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation spiritually blind, bankrupt, naked, lukewarm buy gold, white garments, and salve from Christ; be zealous and repent will be spit out of Christ’s mouth will dine with Christ; will be granted to sit with Christ on his throne