7 Churches of Revelations – Ephesus
Every Christian belongs to one of the 7 churches of Revelations. The first of the 7 churches of Revelations, the Church of Ephesus, (Revelations 2:1-7), has a special problem God reveals. Listen to what the Lord Jesus has to say about Ephesus and examine yourself. If this problem applies to you prayerfully deal with it according to the word of God.
7 Churches of Revelations – Ephesus: Revelation of Jesus
- Revelation 2:1-7, 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, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not hear 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 name’s sake has laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 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 candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. 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.”
Jesus says he holds the seven stars, (angels of the seven churches), and he walks among the seven golden candlesticks, (the seven churches). By stating such things he is announcing that he is one who fellowships with the churches. He is the one who blesses the churches. He is the bridegroom that the church seeks. Our faith is based solely on him and his mercy!
7 Churches of Revelations – Ephesus: Good Things
Jesus knows all the good things that the church in Ephesus does. They work hard, they have patience, and they can’t stand evil doers. They have worked for Jesus’s name sake, and they have not fainted. They are rich in works.
7 Churches of Revelations – Ephesus: The Problem
The Ephesians lost their love for Jesus. They have become so busy in their works that they forgot why they labor. The Bible tells us that the first commandment is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The second commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is the love of the Lord Jesus that compels us to labor.
- Mark 12:29-31, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like , namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
They forgot about the mercy of God, through Jesus, and are depending on their own works, their own self righteousness. Their own works are worthless without love for Jesus!
7 Churches of Revelations – Ephesus: The Solution
Repent and do the first works. What are the first works that Jesus is telling us about? The work of God is to believe in Jesus. It is only when we totally rely on the grace of God through Jesus Christ that we are clean in God’s eyes. The works of a Christian are merely an extension of Christ’s love for us.
- John 6:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
7 Churches of Revelations – Ephesus: The Judgment
Those who do not repent and fall on the mercy of God through Jesus Christ will not be part of the church. If they do not have Jesus they have no light.
God begs for us to listen. He says, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches…”
7 Churches of Revelations – Ephesus: The Reward
Those who repent will gain the tree of life, (eternal life). They shall dwell in the midst of God’s paradise.
Let us pray and humbly fall on the grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Copyright 2011 J-me
Other articles in the 7 churches of Revelations series are:
The Seven Churches of Revelations – Overview
7 Churches of Revelations – Smyrna
7 Churches of Revelations – Pergamos
7 Churches of Revelations – Thyatira
7 Churches of Revelations – Sardis
7 Churches of Revelations – Philadelphia
7 Churches of Revelations – Laodicea
God reveals the 7 churches of Revelations to warn and encourage Christian believers. Do you know Christ? If you are a believer…in which of the 7 churches of Revelations do you find yourself. Which of the 7 churches of Revelations do you want to belong? What must you do?
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7 Churches of Revelations – Ephesus
by Mark Brown