In all these letters, Jesus never preaches the Law without the Gospel. Here, even the luke-warm are spurred on by the Good News of v. 21.

BibleGateway: Revelation 3:14-22

ESV Text: Revelation 3:14-22

Revelation 3:14-22 (Listen)

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3

     14 And 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; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because 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: 18 I 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. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, 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. 21 To 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. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 324:
Jesus Sinners Doth Receive

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1. Jesus sinners doth receive; 
Oh, may all this saying ponder 
Who in sin’s delusions live 
And from God and heaven wander! 
Here is hope for all who grieve– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

2. We deserve but grief and shame, 
Yet His words, rich grace revealing, 
Pardon, peace, and life proclaim. 
Here their ills have perfect healing 
Who with humble hearts believe– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

3. Sheep that from the fold did stray 
No true shepherd e’er forsaketh: 
Weary souls that lost their way 
Christ, the Shepherd, gently taketh 
In His arms that they may live– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

4. Come, ye sinners, one and all, 
Come, accept His invitation; 
Come, obey His gracious call, 
Come and take His free salvation! 
Firmly in these words believe: 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

5. I, a sinner, come to Thee 
With a penitent confession; 
Savior, mercy show to me 
Grant for all my sins remission. 
Let these words my soul relieve: 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

6. Oh, how blest it is to know; 
Were as scarlet my transgression, 
It shall be as white as snow 
By Thy blood and bitter Passion: 
For these words I now believe: 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

7. Now my conscience is at peace, 
From the Law I stand acquitted; 
Christ hath purchased my release 
And my every sin remitted. 
Naught remains my soul to grieve,– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

8. Jesus sinners doth receive. 
Also I have been forgiven; 
And when I this earth must leave, 
I shall find an open heaven. 
Dying, still to Him I cleave– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 


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Jesus reassures us that He is coming soon and He will help us endure to the end.

BibleGateway: Revelation 3:7-13

ESV Text: Revelation 3:7-13

Revelation 3:7-13 (Listen)

To the Church in Philadelphia

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3

     7 And 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; 8 I 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. 9 Behold, 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. 10 Because 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. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him 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. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 447:
Fight the Good Fight

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1. Fight the good fight With all thy might; 
Christ is thy Strength and Christ thy Right. 
Lay hold on life, and it shall be 
Thy joy and crown eternally. 

2. Run the straight race Thro’ God’s good grace; 
Lift up thine eyes and seek His face. 
Life with its way before us lies; 
Christ is the Path and Christ the Prize. 

3. Cast care aside; Upon thy Guide 
Lean, and His mercy will provide; 
Lean, and the trusting soul shall prove 
Christ is its Life and Christ its Love. 

4. Faint not nor fear, His arms are near; 
He changeth not, and thou art dear. 
Only believe, and thou shalt see 
That Christ is All in all to thee. 


Hymn: LSB 654 Your Kingdom, O God, Is My Glorious Treasure
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