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Letters to the Church from Jesus, Part 1

The letters came…

► First, from the Father to the Son.

► Second, from the Son through an angel.

► Third, from the angel as the Lord’s messenger to John.

► Finally, from John to the body of Christ.

The letters went to 7 Historical Churches:

  1. Ephesus

  2. Smyrna

  3. Pergamum

  4. Thyatira

  5. Sardis

  6. Philadelphia

  7. Laodicea

► The letters written to the historical churches are to us (for today) as well.

► Jesus’ counsel given to His church must remain true and in effect for as long as His church itself remains.

► These letters were written to the entire Church, not merely seven communities in ancient times.

The letters are:

► Literal: Specific, Historical

► Universal: General, Timeless

► Prophetic: Symbolic, Eschatological. Eschatology is a part of theology concerned with the final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity. This concept is commonly referred to as the "end of the world" or "end times".

Structure of the Letters

► A reference to the City or Assembly, the destination of the letter.

► A description of Christ, the Author and Answer.

► A Commendation or Approval

► A Condemnation or Ailment

► A Counsel or Admonition

► A Challenge and an Assurance

The FIRST LETTER went to the church of EPHESUS. Revelation 2:1-7


Commendation or Approval.Revelation 2:2-3

► Toil diligently.

► Persevere for His name's sake and have not grown weary.

► Does not tolerate evil men. They are morally and doctrinally pure.

► Test those who call themselves apostles. They have spiritual discernment.

Condemnation or Ailment. Revelation 2:4

► They put service for the Lord ahead of love, devotion, and fellowship with Him.

► Their labor gradually came to be merely mechanical.

► Ministry became the things they were responsible to do.

Counsel or Admonition. Revelation 2:5

► From all outward appearances, the church of Ephesus was a very spiritual church.

► It was certainly a church that was very active in the work of God.

► They toiled for the Lord, endured much, and they were doctrinally sound. They knew the Word.

► But they were guilty of a sin that is sometimes hard to detect.

► They had left their first love and fell for God and had fallen into routine.

► They were doing church as usual.

Do you know of a church today that is doing church as usual?

Are you doing church as usual?

Are you still madly in love with god or has your love for Him gone stale?

► Jesus told them to consider how far they have fallen. We are in a fallen state when our love for Jesus gets stale.

► Jesus admonished the church of Ephesus to remember their past and repent or they would lose their light bearing capacity. They no longer have an impact as a church.

What kind of impact are you having today?

Challenge or Appeal:

► “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

► Listen to the warning that is being issued by Jesus. Listen with your heart. Listen with your spirit.

Assurance. Revelation 2:7

Those who repent and those who maintain their love for Jesus will eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.

The SECOND LETTER went to the church of SMYRNA. Revelation 2:8-11


Commendation or Approval. Revelation 2:9

► He knows their tribulation.

► He knows their poverty.

► He knows their persecutors.

Condemnation or Ailment. This church received no condemnation.

Counsel or Admonition. Revelation 2:10

► “Do not fear” / “fear nothing”

► Be faithful until death.

► The promise: “I will give you the crown of life.”

Are you fearful of trials and tests?

Do you give in when tested?

God wants you to persevere through the trials and tests, and you will reign with Him.

Challenge or Assurance.

► The promise to the overcomer is that he shall not be hurt by the second death.

► The second death is eternal separation from God in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:1, 14).

► They overcomer will spend eternity with God.

If you give in to the trials and tests of the enemy, you will suffer the second death, which is eternal separation from God in the lake of fire.

Be assured, the grace of God is enough to keep you.

You already have the victory through Jesus Christ.

Don’t give in!

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