The Bible says in Revelation 2:1-3, Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my names sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Here in revelation chapters 2 and 3 we get into the 7 churches. We
will be told both good and bad things about these churches. The first church
mentioned is the
First the labour and patience of the church is mentioned. Jesus
said in Matthew 9:37, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. There is
much work to do in this world for Christ. To do it takes patience. This is why
labour and patience are mentioned together.The
To do much work for the lord takes more than zeal and diligence it
takes patience and it takes not being led astray by false teaching. This is the
example of the
Revelation 2:4 says, Nevertheless I have somewhat against
thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Yes the
Of the seven churches
If the greatest commandment is to love God then perhaps the greatest failure would be to leave your first love. The Bible says in I John 4:19, We love Him because he first loved us. Why this means our love for God through Jesus Christ is based upon His love for us. God is love. There is no limit to how much God loves you are I. Therefore there is the potential to love God greatly.
How is it that a church with such great works and sound Bible teaching could make such a great failure as to leave its first love. Well consider the commandment in Deuteronomy 6:5, Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. This means it takes an effort of the mind, the body, and the spirit. At some point they stopped putting forth the effort to love God.
Revelation 2:5 says, Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candle stick out of his place, except thou repent.
Notice what would happen if they did not repent Jesus said, I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candle stick out of his place, except thou repent. Perhaps this answers the question for us as to the reason why a local church ceases to exist it leaves its first love and fails to repent.
Revelation 1:6 says, But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. What were the deeds of the Niicolaitanes? Well it involved controlling and dominating.
It is the selfish sinful nature of man that lends towards control
and domination not the Spirit of God. Those who creep into churchs to control
and to dominate will suppress the teaching of the truth. It is wise to hate
such behavior. God hates it. The church at
Revelation 1:7 says he that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. This is a reference to salvation and the victory over eternal death that is found in Jesus.
To him that overcometh because there is a great contest. The world is filled with nicolaitanes both people and organizations that opposes and oppose the gospel of Jesus Christ. Whenever a soul is saved from sin it is a great victory an eternal victory.
Once a person is saved there is still much to overcome. There is the life long spiritual battle against ones own sinful flesh and against the world. What great rewards await those who overcome make the suffering more than worth it. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
If you have never trusted in Jesus Christ as your Saviour you can do so today and win the victory over this world.
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