1. Revelation 3:1 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What does the term "reputation" stand for?

Revelation 3:1 (ESV)

1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

The term translated as “reputation” is in Greek the word “name.” The word “name” is key in this letter. Aside from Revelation 3:1, it also appears in Revelation 3:4 and twice in Revelation 3:5. The congregation has a good “name” (reputation) in the community, a reality with which Jesus strongly disagrees, but Jesus will ensure that those who conquer will receive an imperishable name before God.