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The Seven Churches of Asia. Jesus Speaks to the 7 Churches.

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jesus speaks to the 7 churches
Jesus Speaks to the 7 Churches
  • I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” (Rev. 1:10-11)
jesus speaks to the 7 churches1
Jesus Speaks to the 7 Churches
  • 2 received no rebukes  Smyrna, Philadelphia
  • 4 received commendations and rebukes  Ephesus, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis
  • 1 received only rebukes  Laodicea
  • All were individual churches as signified by the 7 lampstands (1:20)
  • Each could have its lampstand removed signifying it was no longer a congregation of God’s people (2:5)
some things common to all 7
Some things common to all 7
  • All recognized as “the church”
  • Jesus stood in the midst of them signifying that He knew them personally (1:13)
    • He stated to all 7 “I know your works” (2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15)
  • Each individual church was to hear the message to all the churches (2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22)
  • Lesson: Jesus knows us in the same way.
  • Lesson: Nothing wrong with knowing what’s going on in other churches; either good or bad.
  • Lesson: We can wear the right name and be going in the wrong direction.
some things jesus knew
Some things Jesus knew
  • Jesus knew the churches
    • Ephesus stood for the truth, but had left their first love (1 Cor. 13:1-3; Mt. 22:37).
    • Smyrna was severely persecuted, but held firm (Matt. 5:11-12).
    • Pergamos had compromised with error and allowed false teachers to dwell in their midst (2 Jn. 9-11).
    • Thyatira allowed Jezebel to teach her false doctrine &cause some to fall (Eph. 5:11; Rom. 16:17; 1 Cor. 5:6).
    • Sardis appeared alive, but was dead (Eph. 2:1-6).
    • Philadelphia persevered through trials (Jn. 15:18-20).
    • Laodicea was lukewarm (Heb. 6:10-12).
some things jesus knew1
Some things Jesus knew
  • Jesus knew the individual Christians in each of the churches
    • Knew some members were faithful
    • Knew others were not faithful
    • Some so far gone he called them “dead” (2 Pet. 2:20)
    • Some in the midst of the “dead” had not defiled their garments (Jas. 1:27; 2 Cor. 5:10).
    • Some lukewarm, made him sick (Eph. 2:10)
    • Not too late for any to make needed corrections (2 Pet. 3:9)
what does jesus know about us
What Does Jesus Know About Us?
  • As a church?
    • Zealously doing his will?
    • Enduring affliction?
    • Have we left our first love?
    • Are we lukewarm? Dead???
  • As Individual Christians?
    • Do we have unstained garments?
    • Have we been seduced by Jezebel?
    • Willing to die for Christ like Antipas?