The Centrality of Love (First Letter to Ephesus) (Revelation 1:19-2:7)Fordham Church, 7th March 2021
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1:20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
2:1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands:
2:2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
2:3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
2:4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.
2:5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
2:6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.