I’ve always read the seven letters to the churches found in Revelation 2-3 as a kind of challenge and encouragement on how believers should live. The passages are filled with accolades as well as corrections.
A warm pat on the back can be felt when I read:
“You have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. —Revelation 2:3
“I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.” —Revelation 2:19
Yet my posture stiffens when I read the following admonitions:
“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” —Revelation 2:4
“I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” — Revelation 3:1
Over the years, I’ve found both comfort and conviction within these passages. But as I’ve read this week, I’ve become intrigued by something I’ve never seen before. Continue Reading...