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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.

Is the work really done? - Lyrics from Christian Music

Is the work really done? – Lyrics from Christian Music

Is the work really done?
When we sing this song, do we just hear “The work is done” – and then assume the work of Christianity is done?  It’s an important question.  I recently published something about the Great Commission, in which Jesus gives His followers our orders on how to go forward in life.

The response I got from one person was “The work is done, man”.  I was shocked.  But then this morning I heard the song with those words – The work is done.  Is that where the person who wrote the reply got his thinking?  Honestly, I don’t know.  But do we take the time and put in the effort to find out what the author of the song meant?

brunch - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst …  Sounds like someone who wants to dig into the brunch picture below.  Until we add just two more words.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.  That really changed, didn’t it?  But still, it could mean “righteous” food, right?  As in really good stuff.  Or for you Guy Fieri fans – food that’s “the bomb”.

Sorry – it’s none of those things.  After all, it’s really supposed to be:

Mt 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

But even now, do we really understand what this means?  It could be a whole lot more than you think.  Maybe even more than you’re ready to hear?

Real Christianity isn't easy. You do not want to leave too, do you?

Being a real Christian isn’t easy. You do not want to leave too, do you?

Becoming a Christian is easy.  You know – say the sinner’s prayer and voila, you’re a Christian.  Or so we’re often told.  But, saying “I’m a Christian”, or being told, “You’re a Christian” – does that really make someone a “real” Christian?  No, it doesn’t.  Being a real Christian isn’t that easy.  It takes a lot more than just some words.  Many who start off on the path to becoming believers end up leaving that path.  At one point, Jesus even asked His closest followers, You do not want to leave too, do you?

Grown-again Christian

Grown-again Christian

Have you ever heard of a Grown-again Christian?  Me neither. But the Apostle Paul did. “But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast.” The Message

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