This is the first post in a short series exploring Revelation chapter two and three.
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Revelation 2:1 ‘To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
In Revelation 2, Jesus is speaking to the church in Ephesus.
Revelation 2:2 ‘I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false.’
Back in the day, everything seemed so much easier to understand. The good guys rode around with white hats, and the bad guys donned black hats and they scowled and looked mean.
These days, one can never be certain about just about anything. Were the elections rigged or not; is the vaccine good for you or part of a sinister conspiracy, and is there a world government waiting in the wings, waiting for the right circumstances to take control?
We live in confusing times.
In Ephesus, with their wealth of character, they knew a good apostle when they saw one. And they were quick to show the bad ones the back-door.
Scripture warns us repeatedly of the threat of deceit in the end-times. Sweet-talking men and women will arise, with miraculous signs and wonders, and many will chase after them, swallowing their lies like gullible fools.
Matthew 24:24 ‘For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.’
There is a call to be discerning without being cynical. To observe with discernment and to have the courage to call out deceit when it turns up at the door.
And in the midst of this worldly confusion, when up seems like down, and vice-a-versa, good men and women will be called to boldly speak out the truth and uncover dishonesty in our midst.
But yet our first love is of primary importance.
Revelation 2:4 ‘Yet I hold this against you: you have forsaken your first love.
It remains of paramount importance that we are filled with trusting love, holding on to the cloak of our Saviour, eyes blazing like fierce prophetic fires, resolutely following the path of true light laid out before us.
Revelation 2:7 ‘To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
The invitation to the wedding supper in the presence of our divine Lord draws us forward. This is our blessed hope. This is the reward that we need to keep our eyes firmly fixed upon.
Hasten the day…
Tomorrow we look at Jesus’ words to the church in Smyrna. To get there now please click here.