v1 ‘Write this to the *angel of the *church at Sardis:
This is the message from the one who holds the 7 *spirits of God and the 7 stars.
I know everything that you do. I know what people think about you. They think that you are alive. But that is not true, because really you are dead. v2 Wake up! You still do a few things because you believe Christ. Make your lives as believers strong again, because they are ready to die. I have discovered that you have not done everything right. You have not done everything that God wanted. v3 So remember what you have heard. Remember what you have learned. Obey God, and turn away from wrong things. Be sorry for the wrong things that you have done. If you do not wake up, I will come to you. I will come secretly, like someone who robs. So, you will have no idea about what time I will come to you.
v4 But you have a few people among you in Sardis who have not done anything bad. They are like people who have kept their clothes clean. They will walk with me and they will wear white clothes. The white clothes show that they are good. v5 Everyone who wins against *Satan will wear white clothes. I will never remove their names from God’s book. That book says who will live with me always. And I will tell my Father and his *angels that those people are mine. v6 God’s Spirit is speaking to you in the *churches. You should recognise that the Spirit is speaking. Everybody who recognises that should listen. They should listen to what he says.’