Studying the Hard Questions | 01
Read or listen to Revelation 2:1–7.
“Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus: Thus says the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who walks among the seven golden lampstands: I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. I know that you have persevered and endured hardships for the sake of my name, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet you do have this: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
“Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.
Who is John writing to in this passage? How is it possible for a church to “do” so much (vv. 2-3) but to have lost its direction? In what ways could our church be tempted toward this?
Our Lord desires to transform us by the renewing of our minds. Thank God for his self-revelation. Ask him to increase your understanding and awareness of his wisdom and kindness as revealed in Scripture.