Revelation

Revelation – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus – (4) So …

In this section of The letter to the church in Ephesus, we’ll look at the “So …” section. As in, so what’s next? As in, when Jesus says I may “remove your lampstand from it’s place” – is that a warning to do a little bit better, or are they really very close to just that happening?

In each of the letters, this could be good or bad news for the receiving church. It depends on everything that came before this. It’s like Jesus saying, “Given everything you’ve read so far, here’s where things stand between you and Me”. Often, it’s a caveat that goes along with the Divine Knowledge.

Revelation – The letter to the church in Sardis - (4) So ...

Revelation – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus – (2) Divine Knowledge

In Part 2 of The letter to the church in Ephesus, we’ll look at the Divine Knowledge. The things Jesus knows about the church. Usually, this is good news for the receiving church. However, that’s not always the case. Jesus told the church in Ephesus that He was among them, and us, all the time. Now we’ll find out if that was an encouraging reminder, or a stern warning.

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Revelation – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus – (1) Intro

And so it begins. The first of the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. The Letter 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. Both for the church in Ephesus at the time and for us today.

Revelation - The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

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.

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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.

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