7 Churches: Exhortations

Tonight we are reading the exhortations, or warnings, to the churches.  I urge you to pay special attention to them, heeding them will benefit all believers, helping us to keep focused on Christ and not the world.

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.   Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.   Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.     Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

I will later do an in depth study of each individual church but for now let’s consider all the warnings as one big warning to all followers of Christ.  Remember our first love, fear not persecution it is part of serving Christ over the world, repent of sin and turn from it, and hold fast to the love of the Lord and our faith in Him.  If you are a believer in Christ but not yet truly following him, in other words you are of the last church, Laodicea then I beg you to hear Him at the door, he is knocking to enter into his own home people, not as a guest but as the Master, open the door!  He will come in to you, filling you with his spirit and creating a new, a good work in you which he will continue.

 

 

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