“Works” & the 7 Churches

The Goal of Revelation & “Works

➥ The GOAL for ALL Believers presented in the Book of Revelation is to “OVERCOME” or “CONQUER.”
Jesus presents this GOAL to all 7 Churches in Revelation Chapters 2 & 3 at Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21, 5:5, 6:2, 11:7, 12:11, 13:7, 15:2, 17:14, 21:7.
WORKS” is one of several main factors Jesus uses to make His judgment whether or not a believer “overcomes” or “conquers.”
➥ Jesus mentions “works” 11 times to 5 of the 7 Churches at Rev 2:2, 5-6, 19, 22-23, 26, 3:1, 2, 8 & 15. Revelation goes on to mention “works” an additional 8 times at Rev 9:20, 14:3, 15:3, 16:11, 18:6, 20:12-13, 22:12.
According to Strong’s G2041, the Greek word for “works,””Ergon,” appears 176 times and is translated work (152x), deed (22x), doing (1x), labour (1x).
“Ergon” appears 19 times in Revelation!

Ranges or Scales of “Works

Jesus presents scales of “works” in His letters to the 7 Churches ranging from High to Low, Hot or Cold & Complete to Incomplete.
For Example:
HIGH & Approved “works” is attributed to Philadelphia. (Rev 3:8,11)
Lukewarm “works” in the MIDDLE of Hot & Cold meant Laodicea failed to meet Jesus standard to “overcome” or “conquer.” Jesus’ consequences for “Lukewarm” “works” is, “I will spit you out of my mouth.” Rev 3:16
LOW and incomplete “works” for Sardis also meant personal destruction by Jesus. (Rev 3:2-3)
Ephesus “works” had “fallen” from their “1st” “Love” or “1st” “works” at Rev 2:4-5 & Thyatira’s “latter works exceed the first” at Rev 2:19.

8 Times Jesus Mentions “Works” to 7 Churches

“Fallen” from “1st” “Love” “WORKS”
Ephesus – Rev 2:4-5
“…you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.” (Jesus Equates Love to WORKS!)
Rev 2:6 “you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”

Sardis – Rev 3:1
“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.”

Laodicea – Rev 3:15-16 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!” 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

“WORKS EXCEED the 1st”
Thyatira – “Works” mentioned 3 times!
Rev: 2:19, “your latter works exceed the first.” (Although Thyatira’s “latter works exceeded the first”, they were disqualified to “overcome of “conquer” because of tolerating the false prophetess Jezebel, “eating foods sacrificed to idols” & “sexual immorality at Rev 2:20-23.”)
Rev 2:23, “I will give to each of you according to your works.”
Rev 2:26-29, Reward for Keeping Jesus’ works until the end!

Philadelphia – Rev 3:8, 11
8 “I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.”
11 “Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.”

Links to the 7 Churches of Revelation

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