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First Love Jesus (Revelation 2.1-4)

"To the angel [or "messenger"] of the church in Ephesus write, These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first." (Revelation 2.1-4)✞

Foundation Christian Faith

First LoveThe church at "Ephesus" may have been important, but it had lost its "first love of Jesus". First love between a man and woman is very special. In the same way, new believers rejoice at their first love of Jesus. But "you have forsaken your first love," says Jesus to the church at Ephesus. "You have lost the thrill of your first love,".✞

Jesus First Love

StarsA large and proud church had developed in Ephesus. Jesus' message reminded them that he alone was still the head of the body of believers which was the church. Jesus "walks among the seven golden lamp stands" and holds "the seven stars in his right hand." These are marks of his power and authority over the leaders and people in all the seven churches including Ephesus.✞

Light Would Go Out

Lamp StandBecause the Ephesians "have forsaken their first love," their lampstand was to be removed from its place. The church would cease to be a witness. Just as the candlestick in the temple gave light for the priests, so the churches were to give light to their surrounding communities. Jesus warned them that their lights could go out or be put out if they did not return to him. The important question, "Is your first love Jesus?" needs to be answered.✞

"First Love Jesus"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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