Revelation

Revelation – The letter to the compromising church in Pergamum

Revelation – The letter to the compromising church in Pergamum

For the church in Pergamum, being where Satan lives and has his throne means there will be plenty of false teachers and false prophets.  The question remains for this study though – were Jesus’ words a reminder, a warning or a wake-up call?

The same is true for us.  In a way, these words are for all of us.  Remember what Jesus said about Satan and this world.  The entire passage is important for us to remember and to live out.  It’s full of important things for us – the Holy Spirit, living as Jesus taught us, not being afraid, having peace.  And for this topic, especially verses 30 and 31 at the end, regarding the prince of this world – Satan.

Revelation – The letter to the persecuted church in Smyrna

Revelation – The letter to the persecuted church in Smyrna

We move on to the second of the seven letters in Revelation.  This time the letter to the persecuted church in Smyrna.  Jesus has good things to say about the church in Smyrna.  It’s a bit harder to determine whether there’s any bad news in here – at least the kind of bad news that the church in Ephesus received.  There were certainly warnings.  But whether things would actually turn out “badly” was dependent on how well the people in that church listened to and carried out what Jesus said.

Revelation - The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

Revelation – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

And so it begins.  The first of the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. The one to the church in Ephesus.  Jesus had some good things to say to them.  And some bad things.  But then another positive statement.  The Ephesian church certainly wasn’t in the worst condition of the seven.  But then, it wasn’t the best either.  So there’s plenty to look at.

The title – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus – is taken from the section titles in two different translations.  I chose to do that because I think it gives a a direction to start with while examining this letter.  Not that it’s the only direction.  But it’s one that people who did the New King James Version thought was important enough to include, as opposed to the NIV usage of just the location in their section title.

new plant - The psychology of the Parable of the Sower

The psychology of the Parable of the Sower

If we think about the Parable of the Sower, the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment – all together, something should occur to us.  To the extent that we practice the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment, the people represented by the seeds in the path, the rocky places and the thorns have  a better chance to not staying in those places.

Of course, what happens to anyone’s faith is between them and God.  However, it’s hard to believe that Christians who lovingly care for others won’t increase the likelihood of those at risk of falling away might return to God.  That seems to be a basic part of what Jesus tells us to do in both of the “G C’s” – Greatest Commandment and Great Commission.

We all need love.  God’s kind of love.  And we should all be showing God’s kind of love to others as well.

Revelation - The psychology of the seven letters to the seven churches

Revelation – The psychology of the seven letters to the seven churches

The psychology of the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation?  Is there really something like that?  Why not?  They are letters from Jesus to the churches.  To us.  Who knows how our minds work better than our Creator?  And who better to point out the things that might stand in the way of our salvation than Jesus?

Dictionary.com defines psychology as: the science of the mind or of mental states and processes.  I know there’s a tendency with some Christians to avoid science, but let’s get real for a second.  God invented science!  So what is there to be afraid of?  Nothing.  So let’s proceed with no fear of science or psychology.

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