Understanding The Book Of Revelation: Chapters 2 & 3
In this letter to you tonight I am just going to use about a dozen or so verses from chapters 2 and 3. I would like you to read these verses to see what you think of the subject matter, and even what the subject matter is. I want you to form your own opinions of the material to see for yourself to yourself, what you think. I will give you my opinion at the end of the letter to see if you and I were forming the same conclusions, or not. If you think that I may be “cherry picking” material to create a false narrative of what the Scriptures are actually saying, please open up your Bible and read the full chapters of #2 and 3. I have no intention of trying to mislead you on the material at all and I do not want to accidently mislead you either. So if you would, please read these verses and see what you think. I will start with chapter 2 verse 5.
2: 5—(Jesus speaking to the Apostle John)—This is addressed to the Church at Ephesus, modern day Turkey.—“Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and practice the first works; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will remove your Candlestick out of its place, unless you repent.”
2: 10—(Jesus to John about the Church in Smyrna)—“…be thou faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life.”
2: 13—(Jesus to John about the Church in Pergamum)—“I know where you are living, where Satan’s Throne is. Yet you are holding fast to my name, and you did not deny your faith in Me even in the days of Antipas My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan lives.”
2: 15—(Jesus to John, still to the Church at Pergamum)—“So you also have some who hold to the teachings of the Nicolaitans (fake Christians) Verse 16: “Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and make war against you with the sword of My mouth.”Verse 17: “Let everyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches. To everyone who overcomes I will give…..
2: 23—(Still Jesus to John to the Church at Thyatira)—“And all the Churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve. Verse 25: “Hold fast to what you have until I come. V:26—: To everyone who conquers and continue to do My works to the end, I will give authority over the nations…”
3: 3-6—(Jesus speaking to John to the Church at Sardis)—“Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. (4) Yet you still have a few persons in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; they will walk with Me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. (5) “If you conquer, (overcome the world) you will be clothed like them in white robes, and I will not blot your name out of the Book of Life, I will confess your name before My Father and before His Angels.””To anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”
3: 10-13—(Jesus to John to the Church at Philadelphia)—“Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. (11) I am coming soon; hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your Crown. (12) If you overcome I will make you a Pillar in the Temple of My God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of My God, and the name of the City of My God, the New Jerusalem that comes down from My God out of Heaven, and My own new Name. (13) Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”
3: 15-16—(Jesus to John to the Church at Laodicea)—“I know your works; you are neither cold or hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. (16) So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of My mouth.”
3: 19—(Jesus to John)—“I reprove and discipline those whom I love. Be earnest therefore and repent.
3: 21—“To the one who overcomes (the ways of the world) I will give a place with Me on My Throne, just as I Myself conquered and sat down with My Father on His Throne.”
To me, my conclusion on these writings is that people of faith must keep their faith and continue in the teachings of God. We must all continue to do the teachings (works of God) or Jesus will ‘blot out” our name from the Book of Life. As the Apostle Paul stated several times that faith without works is dead and works without faith is dead. If we truly believe in Christ we will do what He asks us to do. If we do not do as He asks of us then we obviously do not love Him. This is why faith and works go together, neither one by itself will save us from the hour of destruction. The two are married together or God will spit us out like lukewarm water. Okay, your turn, what did you get from these passages?