“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’ Revelation 2:1-7
The Book of Revelation is probably the most misunderstood and least read book in the New Testament. It is full of hard to understand imagery and deals mostly with end times. When Martin Luther published the Bible in German he initially wanted to leave it out. But it is not totally apocalyptic and as we will see some parts are very relevant to churches and Christians today. Over the next two weeks I want to look at the seven churches of Revelation. Jesus’ descriptions of the seven are relevant to churches today and also to individual Christians.
First Jesus lets the Church at Ephesus know what they are doing right. They tested new or different teachings against what was taught by the apostles and rejected what conflicted with the apostle’s teachings. They were hard working and endured in the faith in spite of all the false teachings around them.
But was not all roses, Jesus had a condemnation of the church. They had lost their first love. They had fallen away from their devotion to Jesus and had lost their fire. Perhaps the cares of the world were too much or maybe they wanted to fit in with the world. We too can get in this predicament. Maybe we want to be more relevant. Sometimes we don’t want to make people mad of seem “intolerant” but when we do these things the Gospel can get lost. It is ok for worship to be entertaining and the message to be relevant but not at the cost of the Gospel. When people start going to a church to be entertained rather than to worship and be edified then that church has lost it way.
If your church is guilty of this and does not want to change, find another church.
Have a blessed day,