ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 471



3:8-22
R e v elati o n
459
This is the message from the one who is holy and true,
the one who has the key of David.
What he opens, no one can close;
and what he closes, no one can open:
“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that
no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word
and did not deny me. Look, I will force those who belong to Satan’s
synagogue—those liars who say they are Jews but are not—to come
and bow down at your feet. They will acknowledge that you are the
ones I love.
“Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect
you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole
world to test those who belong to this world. I am coming soon. Hold
on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. All
who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and
they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of
my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new
Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also
write on them my new name.
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand
what he is saying to the churches.
“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message
from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I
wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm
water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say,
‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you
don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind
and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been
purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from
me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for
your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone
I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open
the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was
victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand
what he is saying to the churches.”





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