Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Summary

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

The angel

The first

General references

Bible References

The angel

Revelation 2:1
"Write [this] to the angel [i.e., the messenger] of the church at Ephesus [Note: These "messengers," (verses 8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14) are thought by some to be evangelists]: These things are the words of the One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands:

The first

Revelation 1:8
"I am the Alpha and the Omega" [Note: These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and indicate "the beginning and the end" See 21:6], says the Lord God Almighty, who is [in the present], and who was [in the past] and who will come [in the future].

General references

1 Corinthians 3:14
If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].