Unformatted text preview: overcome – promises of great assurance about their eternal life in the kingdom of God. These promises are given in symbolic terms. Each letter concludes with the same statement: "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. .." (2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). The word here is "churches," in the plural. This implies that the words written to each congregation are meant to apply to all seven churches. This means that the seven individual church messages were meant for all the congregations in Asia of John’s day – and, by extension, for the entire church of the time. We could also infer that the spiritual condition of these seven congregations is characteristic of every group of Christians during the last 1900 years. Certainly, God’s people in all ages should be concerned about the spiritual problems described in each of the letters and take assurance in the promise that the overcomers will inherit all things with their Savior, Jesus Christ....
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