The Words of Jesus to the Cultural Christian

Revelation 2:12-17

The Words of Jesus to the Cultural ChristianThese are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edge sword.

I know where you live–where Satan rules. Yet you remain true to my name. You have not renounced your faith in me, even as your friends and my faithful witnesses are now persecuted in your city–the place where Satan resides.

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You tolerate those who hold to the teachings of Balaam. They seek to entice you and others to sin by indulging in sexual immorality. Before such gods, men and women kneel, offer their bodies, and encourage others to participate in such perverse behavior.

Expose such individuals before the Lord so that his fierce anger may turn away from you. 

Likewise, you accept those who compromise and teach that God’s grace grants willful idolatry and immorality. Repent! If not, I will soon come to you and fight against them with the sword of my mouth which is the Word of God. 

To him who overcomes I give some hidden manna and a white stone with a new name written on it.

Revelation 2:12-17
Numbers 25:4

God makes us holy in the sense that he has made us innocent before him. Oswald Chambers

The Words of Jesus to the God-Fearing, Bible-Believing Urban Church

Revelation 2:8-10

The Words of Jesus to the God-Fearing, Bible-Believing Urban ChurchTo the church leaders in the proud and beautiful city I say this:

My words are the First and Last. My words are from the one who died and came to life again.

I know your afflictions. I too was afflicted for your sake.

I know your poverty. I had neither home nor possessions.

I know the slander of those who say they are righteous and without blame but are not. I too suffered slander and was told that I was possessed by Beelzebul: that by the prince of demons I drove out demons. Those who say such things are of the synagogue of Satan. 

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Remember that when I was with you I warned that you would be hated by everyone because of me. You will be handed over to local officials and flogged. You will be brought before governors and rulers as witnesses to them. Your brother, sister, father and mother will turn you in. This is only the beginning. 

I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test your love for me. You will suffer persecution for my name’s sake. 

Be faithful even to the point of death. Afterwards, I myself will place the crown of life on your head. 

We can never fight against sin. The conflict is waged over turning our natural life into a spiritual life and that is only accomplished through a series of moral choices. – Oswald Chambers


The Words of Jesus to the God-Fearing, Bible-Believing Church

Revelation 2:1-7

The Words of Jesus to the God-Fearing, Bible-Believing ChurchThese are the words of the one who holds the seven stars (keys) in his right hand and walks about in the rooms and halls and sanctuaries of the seven churches. 

I know your deeds. You work hard! You persevere. You reject wicked men and will not tolerate their wickedness. You test those who claim to be followers of me but are not, and when found to be false, you cast them out. You suffer hardship for my name and do not grow weary.

And yet you do not love me!

Not like you did at first. Not as you claim. Remember the passion, the joy, the all-giving love you had for me when we first met? Remember the way you would sit and listen for hours while I spoke with you, the way you hung on my every word. How you would long to be in my presence. At first you would do anything for me: not out of duty, but out of delight. 

Turn and go back to those moments when you fell in love with me.

If you do not, I will remove your lampstand and lock your doors. Love me with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul. Only then will your works in my name draw others to me.