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“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.” Revelation 1:1. Things to remember as we study:.

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“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.”

Revelation 1:1


Things to remember as we study
Things to remember as we study: show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • Revelation is a book of signs and symbols. It is the Bible’s “picture book” in that the message is found in the visions.

  • Revelation was written to help Christians in the First Century who were suffering for their faith.


Ephesus revelation 2 1 7
Ephesus show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant Revelation 2:1-7


The city of ephesus
The City of Ephesus show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • Pop. 250,000

  • Asia Minor’s most important seaport

  • Three trade routes converged on the city

  • “Supreme Metropolis of Asia”

  • A free city


A privileged church
A Privileged Church show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • Paul spent over three years in Ephesus.

  • From Ephesus, the gospel was spread throughout all Asia Minor.

  • Paul warned the Ephesian elders.

  • Timothy was left there to serve as an evangelist.

  • John lived there in the latter years of his life.


Letters to the seven churches follow a pattern
Letters to the Seven Churches Follow a Pattern show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • Identification

  • Commendation

  • Complaint

  • Counsel

  • Promise


Identification
Identification show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands” (v. 1).

  • Stresses the Lord’s firsthand knowledge, awareness, and concern for the church.


Commendation
Commendation show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • They Worked and Labored (v. 2)

  • They Could Not Bear Evil Men (v. 2)

  • They Hated the Deeds of the Nicolatians (v. 6)

  • They Persevered in the Work and Had Not Grown Weary (v. 3)


Complaint
Complaint show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (v. 4).

  • The Honeymoon was over.

  • They lacked the zeal and faith of the previous generation of the church.


Counsel
Counsel show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • Remember

  • Repent

  • Do the First Works

  • Warning

    “I will come quickly and remove your lampstand” (v. 5)


Promise
Promise show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant

  • “To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God” (v. 7).

  • The promise of eternal life in the presence of God.


Ephesus revelation 2 1 71
Ephesus show His servants - things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant Revelation 2:1-7

  • They were faithful - but lacking.

  • Their outward works were not complimented by an inward love for Christ.

  • It is good that a church is known for their faithfulness, but they also need to be known for their love.

  • Have we left our first love?


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