He Who Has An Ear – What I’ve Learned from the Seven Churches of Revelation

As I have been teaching through Revelation 2-3 in our adult Sunday School class at Cheerful Hope I’ve been reminded of a few things, learned a few things, and seen the application of the text.

The church belongs to Christ and he holds the church.

Since it is his church, he grows it, he holds it, he protects it, he rightfully judges it, and he has all authority in its midst.

These are seven real churches.

They have real issues as they do something right and as they do somethings wrong.

Jesus knows what is going on in the life of his churches both good and bad.

Jesus cares about what is going on in the life of his churches both good and bad.

Jesus commends his churches for what they are doing right.

Jesus corrects his churches for what they are doing wrong.

Jesus is working in the midst of his churches.

Jesus the Great Shepherd knows and takes care of the under-shepherds.

Jesus is serious about right doctrine.

Jesus is serious about false doctrine.

Jesus is serious about false doctrine.

Jesus is serious about false practice.

Syncretism of idolatry and Christianity are deadly to the life of a church.

Its of uttermost importance we stay close to Christ with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength.

When we are going through trials, suffering, and persecution Jesus knows, and he’s been there too.

Jesus knows the whole church and he knows her individuals.

Jesus can have a church in the most unlikely of places.

When Jesus comes with judgment is up to him, not us.

Jesus knows who is really a follower of his and those who just say they are.

Jesus is triumphant and so his church is going to be triumphant with him.

Jesus hasn’t called his church to idleness.

Jesus loves his church.

One day every Christian in every church is going to enjoy Christ the conquering King forever.

Christ’s church should long for the day when he returns.

Jesus is in control, not Satan.

What Christ says to these churches is applicable to the church today.

If you have an ear, listen to what Christ says to his churches.

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelation 1:4-8 ESV

 

 

 

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