Lost the romance!


This is how it sounds as I read: the first letter of revelations to the church of Ephesus

It starts with the introduction of the bridegroom, as he who holds the seven star’s in his right hand, a symbol of Christ’s governance over his massagers. He walks in the midst of the seven lamp stands meaning he’s present to the community of believers throughout the ages.

The meat of the message is they have “lost their first love” and forgotten their first work, what a message. What possibly caused such a land slide for this community? Looking at these times, i suppose living under the present state of the financial and economic world is a major issues. It’s challenging, as we’ll be prone to do ether one or two thing

1) renewing our love drawing closer to the lord and doing the first work
2) things like money material wealth pursuits at the expense of the relationships more importantly forgetting our divine connection with God.

3)In the midst of correction, our loving saviour calls them to return back to the place where our union shines bright again, he says to repent meaning to return to him. We can’t change ourselves, that’s why we must return to his loving grace
The word repent has been misused in translation, if us look in the Greek language it give us some insight of the term in context (meta-noeo) is a change of mind or thinking that leads to a change of direction.

After all this is said and done jesus reminds them of the promise. The hope to return back to and he said :
Rev 2:5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Rev 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

God is great, because repentance enthensise is the turning back. What they were turning back to was relationship with christ and finally the promise their eternal hope

4)There is a dispensational view to this message that relates to the first century church before 70AD.
When community life and apostleship was predominantly a way of life, especially in propagating the gospel to the world at large before the destruction of the temple which is a major subject of theological discussion in itself. The church got carried away with community life rather than enhancing fellowship with the lord himself.
Until you’ve been there, you wouldn’t really understand how easily this can happen. This shows me that we need to learn from history, the signs that could plague our church.

Let’s pray for ministers, leaders and all those who carry God baton of truth, not to get lost in the work but fall deeper in the loving arms of jesus.

This is a series of the seven love letters to the seven churches
Paraphrased in laymans terms
For all to enjoy

Fellowship is life


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