The structure of Revelation 2.8-11

Letter to the church in Smyrna (Rev. 2.8-11)

Command to write (2.8a)

Description of Christ (2.8b) – first and last, died and came to life again

The works that Christ recognizes (2.9) – poverty, slander against them

Complaint (omitted)

Commands of Christ for the church (2.10a) – do not be afraid, be faithful during a 10 day trial

Consequences (2.10b) – crown of life

Concession (omitted)

Call to attention (2.11a)

Promise to the victor (2.11b) – will not be hurt by second death

Source: author’s personal study.

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