Revelation 2: When first love grows cold

May 28th, 2007

There’s nothing quite like first love. Apart from, maybe, second love, third love, fourth love, and all the other loves. But the rumours say that first love is the deepest, and so do the romance novels. Many people never recover from the feeling that first takes your breath away. The first time your heart beat faster and your face flushed and your mind was filled with that dizzy sensation. There are other sorts of love, like parent-and-child love and respect-love and even puppy-dog-love, but these other types of love aren’t as powerful or memorable or life-changing as first love…

The Revelation to John — Chapter 2

2:1 “Write this to the angel of the church in Ephesus: ‘He who holds the seven stars in his right hand, and walks amongst the seven golden lampstands says these things:

2:2 “‘I know the things you do, and your hard work and perseverance, and that you will not tolerate evil people, and have investigated those people who pretended to be apostles, but were not, and found them to be liars. 2:3 You have persevered and endured for my sake, without getting tired. 2:4 But I criticise you for this: you left your first love. 2:5 Remember what you have fallen from, and turn back and do the things you first did. If you do not repent, I will come to you and move your lampstand out of its place. 2:6 But I commend you for this: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 2:7 Whoever has an ear should hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. I will let anyone who prevails eat from the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.’

2:8 “Write this to the angel of the church in Smyrna: ‘The first and the last, who was dead, but has come to life, says these things:

2:9 “‘I know your sufferings and poverty, although you are rich, and the insults of people who claim to be Jews, but are not, being a synagogue of Satan. 2:10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil is about to throw some of you into prison, to test you, and you will be tortured for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 2:11 Whoever has an ear should hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Anyone who prevails will not be harmed by the second death.’

2:12 “Write this to the angel of the church in Pergamum: ‘He who has the sharp two-edged sword says these things:

2:13 “‘I know where you live, where Satan’s throne is. You are loyal to me, and did not abandon your faith in me when my faithful witness Antipas was killed amongst you, where Satan lives. 2:14 But I criticise you for this: some of you follow the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak how to make the people of Israel stumble, by eating things sacrificed to idols and indulging in sexual immorality. 2:15 Some of you also follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 2:16 Repent, or else I will come swiftly to fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 2:17 Whoever has an ear should hear what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give some hidden manna to anyone who prevails, and I will give a white stone, with a new name written on the stone, which no one knows but the person who receives it.’

2:18 “Write this to the angel of the church in Thyatira: ‘The Son of God, who has eyes like flaming fire, and feet like polished brass, says these things:

2:19 “‘I know the things you do, your love, faith, service, and perseverance, and that you are doing more now than you have done before. 2:20 But I criticise you for this: you tolerate that woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and entices my servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 2:21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 2:22 I will throw her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her will be afflicted, unless they repent of what she does. 2:23 I will kill her children, and all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts. I will repay each of you according to your actions. 2:24 To the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not agree with her teaching, who have not studied what some people call “the deep secrets of Satan,” to you I say that I am not putting any other burden on you. 2:25 Stay true to what you believe until I come. 2:26 I will give authority over the nations to anyone who prevails and keeps doing the things I command. 2:27 That person will rule them with an iron rod, shattering them like clay pots, just as I received authority from my Father. 2:28 I will also give that person the morning star. 2:29 Whoever has an ear should hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'”

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  • 1. » Let&hellip  |  June 23rd, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    […] Someone agrees with the correct theology about Jesus and does the sorts of things Christians are supposed to do, such as caring for the poor, and standing up against wrongdoers and liars, so surely such a person must be in God’s good books? Not necessarily. There are plenty of people who still say and do the right things, but the fire inside them has gone out. Such people are addressed in the second chapter of the Revelation to John: […]

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