Ephesus, Revelation 2:1-7.
They were orthodox, creedal, and active, but had lost
their zest or enthusiasm for relationship with the Lord and the
Christ commanded them to recall their earlier spiritual
enthusiasm and to recapture their love for Christ through confession
of sin, faith application of the Word, and conscious faith dependence
and loyalty to Christ.
Smyrna, Revelation 2:8-11.
Satan tried to get them preoccupied with themselves,
other people, and things so that they would become unfaithful to
Christ commanded them to not fear (occupation with
world system, suffering, and Satan) and to remain faithful to Him
(faith application of Bible doctrine, especially occupation with
Pergamum, Revelation 2:12-17.
They tried to live in both the plan of God and the
world system at the same time with the result that they compromised
the plan of God, were a stumbling block, and committed idolatry and
Christ commanded them to confess their sin and replace
occupation with details of life with genuine faith dependence and
loyalty to Christ.
Thyatira, Revelation 2:18-29.
They were weak in doctrine, active in Christian
service, and tolerated a self-proclaimed prophetess so that many
believers compromised the Christian way of life with the current-day
social and religious practice.
Christ commanded those involved to repent (change their
viewpoint, intent, and will). Those not involved are to take great
care to maintain their advance in the Christian life.
Sardis, Revelation 3:1-6.
They were unfaithful to the grace deposit (salvation
and the plan of God for believers) so that they lived out of
fellowship with the Lord (Christian life death) and produced much
Christ commanded them to remember Godís grace deposit
to them and to practice it, beginning with recovery of fellowship, and
then reestablish the production of divine good according to Godís
Philadelphia, Revelation 3:7-13.
They understood Godís power and their human weakness,
they applied the Word of God, and they remained faithful to Christ,
with the result that they faithfully identified and carried out Godís
opportunities for ministry even when under pressure.
Laodicea, Revelation 3:14-22
They were occupied with themselves and things so that
they had no experiential fellowship with Christ and forgot their
spiritual wealth, had doctrinal blindness, and lacked experiential
Christ commanded them to ask and take from Him
spiritual wealth and divine good production, Christian life
sanctification, and knowledge of His Word. He wanted them to begin
these necessary changes by opening the door to Christian life
fellowship with Him through confession of their sin to God the Father
and genuine faith dependence and loyalty to Himself.