December 27

Today’s Text: Revelation 1-3.

Highlights – This is the last book in the Bible. It is written by John as revealed to him by an angel and sent to 7 churches in Asia Minor. Chapter 1 concludes with an awe inspiring vision of Jesus. He is living and powerful and in control of all things.

Chapters 2 and 3 contain 7 brief letters 1 addressed to each of the 7 churches telling them what they are doing good (being faithful in the face of persecution) or bad (various false teachings and immoralities and lukewarmness) and warning them of the need to remain faithful.  Each of the 7 little letters closes with the admonition to HEAR what the Spirit says to the 7 churches.

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me”.  God wants all men to repent. In particular 3:20 was written to Christians who need to change lest they fall away completely and permanently.    What do these first 3 chapters say that should cause us all to sit up and carefully take notice of what Jesus wants of His churches?


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3 Responses to December 27

  1. Mary K

    There are so many things. Here are a few. There is the possibility of falling away. It is possible, even when surrounded by evil, to remain faithful. There is a valuable promise to those who persevere. A church will not be confronted with more than it can bear. There is an angel of God who watches over churches. Churches have adequate warning, it’s up to them to listen and obey. Suffering will end. Regardless how large a faithless crowd, God recognizes the faithful.

  2. Andrew

    God is watching and taking note of His churches. Each church should be actively working to make sure they are not dead or lukewarm, but alive in their work in God’s kingdom.

  3. Jimmy

    Adding to what Andrew said, that is something emphasized – for example Revelation 2:1 describes Jesus as the one “who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands” and it says over and over “I know your works” (2:2) – which of course he does!

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