He answered them, "Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them.
So He said, "The secrets of the kingdom of God have been given for you to know, but to the rest it is in parables, so that Looking they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
the seven stars
and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, dressed in a long robe, and with a gold sash wrapped around His chest.
In His right hand He had seven stars; from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was shining like the sun at midday.
the seven golden
I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me. When I turned I saw seven gold lampstands,
The seven stars
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: "The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says:
"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: "The First and the Last, the One who was dead and came to life, says:
"To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: "The One who has the sharp, two-edged sword says:
"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: "The Son of God, the One whose eyes are like a fiery flame, and whose feet are like fine bronze says:
"To the angel of the church in Sardis write: "The One who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says: I know your works; you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead.
"To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: "The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens says:
"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: "The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God's creation says:
For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the LORD of Hosts.
He asked me, "What do you see?" I replied, "I see a solid gold lampstand there with a bowl on its top. It has seven lamps on it and seven channels for each of the lamps on its top.
No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.
Hold firmly the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn't run in vain or labor for nothing.
I write these things to you, hoping to come to you soon.
But if I should be delayed, [I have written] so that you will know how people ought to act in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great: He was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.