The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 3:1–6)

This entry is part 8 of 54 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary 

Jesus speaks to the church in Sardis as the One who has the seven spirits of God and seven stars (3:1). Once vibrant with works, the church was now dead, a fitting analogy for a city surrounded by burial mounds (3:2). Yet, something good remained, which was the basis for Christ to exhort them to strengthen themselves and do their works again (3:2). Christ commanded them to keep what they knew they had received and heard and to repent, complete with the threat of coming to judge them (3:3). Some had not sinned, figuratively described as not having soiled their garments (an offense that could remove one from the city’s list of citizens), and their worthy character was rewarded with the promise to walk with Jesus in white, a fitting analogy for a city that specialized in wool trade (3:4). Jesus commanded the hearers to hear and promised the overcomer to be clothed in white, have his name as a permanent entry in the book of life, and have his name confessed before the Father and the angels (3:5–6).

Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
3:1 Zech 4:2, 10 The Spirit sees all on earth in perfection (cf. Ps 139:7; Rev 1:4; 4:5; 5:6).
3:4 Ecc 9:8 Wearing white was an expression of joy and happiness that comes from the blessings of life.
3:5 Exod 32:32–33; Ps 69:27–28; Ezek 13:9 Those whose names remain in the book mentioned in the OT, and those whose names are in the NT book of life are those with eternal life (cf. Rev cf. 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27).

 A Parting Thought

Even seemingly dead Christians can strengthen what remains and complete good works for Christ. For those who persevere, think of what it will be to hear Christ’s approval of you before the heavenly court in time to come!

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