The second and third chapters of the book of Revelation bear
reading and rereading. There is one sentence that occurs seven times:

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says
to the churches.”

This is written to people in the singular. These people are
to listen to what the Spirit says to the plural churches. In other words, I, as
an individual, am to pay attention to what God has written to all seven

Notice that there are two groups of people in Sardis who
will be dressed in white: those who did not soil their garments and those who


Written June 1990.

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