Fifth Church, Sardis; White robes

Revelation 3:1-6. White robes of the righteous ones whose names are in the book of life, Revelation 3:5

Mostly a dead church, although there was a remnant who had undefiled garments and were still worthy in God’s sight. God promises to put the names of those who overcome in the Book of Life.

Sardis was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia on the river Pactolus. Sardis is now called Sest-Kalessi
or Sart. The Kingdom of Lydia’s other cities included Smyrna, Thyatira, and Philadelphia.

Now read Jesus’ report card to this group of believers in Sardis.

Background Reading:

The Letter to the Church in Sardis – 5th Church

1 “To the messenger of the church in Sardis, write:

‘The one who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says this:

‘I know what you’ve been doing. You are known for being alive, but you are dead. 2 Be alert, and strengthen the things that are left, which are about to die. I note that your actions are incomplete before my God. 3 So remember what you received and heard. Obey it, and repent. If you are not alert, I will come like a thief, and you won’t know the time when I will come to you. 4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me in white clothes because they are worthy. 5 The person who conquers in this way will wear white clothes, and I will never erase his name from the Book of Life. I will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father and his angels.

6 ‘Let everyone listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
Revelation 3:1-6

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