Ephesus departed from first love for Jesus
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Is Jesus watching and recording what is happening in our local assemblies today? Is He sending warnings that we are not heeding? What did He say to the seven churches in ancient Turkey? What could He be saying to the body of Christ today? Let’s dive into the book of Revelation and see
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Christ continually checks with the master for feedback and does not ignore revelation.
Revelation 1:17-20 “Don’t fear: I am First, I am Last, I’m Alive. I died, but I came to life, and my life is now forever. See these keys in my hand? They open and lock Death’s doors, they open and lock Hell’s gates. Now write down everything you see: things that are, things about to be. The Seven Stars you saw in my right hand and the seven-branched gold menorah—do you want to know what’s behind them? The Seven Stars are the Angels of the seven churches; the menorah’s seven branches are the seven churches.”
Revelation 2:1 Write this to Ephesus, to the Angel of the church. The One with Seven Stars in his right-fist grip, striding through the golden seven-lights’ circle, speaks:
2-3 “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out.
4-5 “But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall!
“Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.
6 “You do have this to your credit: You hate the Nicolaitan business. I hate it, too.
7 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God’s orchard.”
Comment: This is self explanatory. Jesus was saying to the church in Ephesus about two thousand years ago that they hate evil, they are courageous and have so much ZEAL for Him BUT have departed from their first love for Him. The shocking fact was that in their busyness, they did not even realize that they have departed from their exalted position. Today, that church is in ruin and was wiped out by invaders. Lord God, open my eyes today and my ears to hear You loud and clear on my spiritual state as relates to my CORE relationship with You. I am willing to make a U- turn as the case demands, meet me with Your grace to so do in Jesus name, amen.