Sunday Morning Podcast March 11, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: REVELATIONS 2:1-7
1 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;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 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.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 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.
God doesn’t want us left behind! It’s a serious thing. That danger is a result from leaving one’s first love. Here God is talking to the “church of Ephesus…” Their works were admirable in bearing much, having patience, not accepting evil, and rightfully discerning false prophets. Nonetheless, they had left their first love. They no longer treated with urgency those things that mattered to God most.
The experience of Salvation can be likened unto a marriage. Christ as the Bridegroom and His people, the Church, as His Bride. In a true marriage, you vow to love, devote your life in sickness and health, richer and poorer, and to be true all your days. In the church of Ephesus, apostasy had set in because of carelessness. The daily acts of devotion had become so automatic that they became routine, and ultimately a ritual. The real works of fervency had diminished. As if the “marriage contract” was a given, or to be taken for granted. But the faith of Salvation, or a “marriage contract,” takes work to maintain. You can’t keep faith without also works. “Yea a man may say, Thou has faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” James 2:18 Many proclaim or testify of Salvation without the evidence of holy fruit in their lives. But faith without works is dead. “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20 This can happen when one has grown cold and careless with their devotion to living fervently for God, in the midst of all life’s daily cares and problems.
Our love for God can be likened to oil in the lamp of our heart. In Matthew 25: 1-13 tells of 10 virgins; 5 wise, and 5 foolish. The wise were so, because they kept plenty of oil in their lamps. The foolish were so because they became careless to be sure they had plenty. When they all slumbered and slept, the cry of the Bridegroom returning was sounded. All ten virgins trimmed their lamps. The wise had plenty of oil in their lamps, so were ready. The foolish’s lamps were empty of oil, so were unprepared for the Lord’s (Bridegroom) return. The door was shut to them by the Bridegroom. For “he answered them, I know you not.” Matthew 25: 12b. They were left behind. If you’ve left your first love, you’re also out of God’s grace. The remedy is while there’s still time, is to “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.” Revelations 2:5
Being Left Behind…..
For that God provides a remedy.