‘ I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘ I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
‘ I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
‘ I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “ The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “ Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
‘ I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.