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Thursday, February 16, 2012
In the book of Revelation Jesus had the
Apostle John write a letter to each of the seven churches in Asia minor.
These seven churches were literal churches that existed at the time
when John wrote these letters from the island of Patmos. Asia minor is
modern day Turkey and some of the remnants of these churches can still
be seen to this day.
The seven churches were:
Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
Five of the churches were rebuked by Jesus for tolerating sin in their
midst. Ephesus was the loveless church, they had left their first
love. Smyrna was the persecuted church, they endured and kept their
faith during fierce persecutions. Pergarmos was the compromising
church. Thyatira, was the corrupted church. Sardis was called the
dead church by the Lord. Philadelphia was not rebuked, because they
kept His word and faith. Laodicea is known as the lukewarm church.
This church I believe got the worse rebuke from the Lord. They were
neither hot nor cold. A terrible condition to be in.
are various viewpoints on the seven churches. Some believe it was the
seven churches at the time of John and Jesus was addressing them
regarding their short comings and called them to repent.
viewpoint is that these churches represent the church age, beginning
with Ephesus the first century church, Laodicea the church of toady in
the last days of the church age. I believe that both viewpoints have
some truth to them. The seven churches as mentioned before were literal
churches at the time of John's writing and these seven churches also
represent church history for the last 2 millenniums. Many books have
been written about the seven churches, who they were in the past and
throughout the church age. I don't want to go into a big study on the
churches, which time they represented and possible denominations etc. There are many good commentaries available.
would like to look at the churches from a different view. I do believe
the above, that the seven churches were literal and that they represent
the entire the church age. I also believe that
each of these seven churches represent individual believers throughout
history and for the last 2000 years. The true
church is not a building or denominations, the true church, the bride of
Christ is every true believer that is an individual stone making up the
temple of God.
to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God
and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual
house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable
to God through Jesus Christ." 1Pe 2:4, 5.
is what we as believers are, living stones with Jesus as our head
cornerstone. Our foundation is Jesus on which we must built on. "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." 1Cr 3:11.
Jesus is the head cornerstone that was rejected. Bob Marley even cited that verse in one of his songs. "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone." Ps118:22.
this in mind, Jesus being the cornerstone on which I as a believer
built on, which church am I? Paul the Apostle exhorted the believers to
examen their faith.
yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you
not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are
disqualified." 2Cr 13:5.
myself from time to time and ask the question, which church am I? Have I
left my first love which is Jesus? Am I enduring persecutions and
mocking because of my faith in Jesus? ( not a bad thing considering many
were persecuted before us). Have I compromised with the world, sitting
on the fence? Or have I become corrupted and polluted by the things of
the world? Maybe I'm as dead as the church of Sardis was? Have I
become lukewarm the worse condition to be in? Am I on fire for the Lord
or just ride the wave as it comes? What is being lukewarm? No real
commitment to the Lord or passion for others. Not being on the alert
just as the 5 foolish virgins were and just being a Christian by name
only with no fruit to show for. I'm afraid that many of today's
churches have become lukewarm. There are many so called followers of
Christ that have no discernment at all about the signs of the time or
know the word, they have become sleepy and are not watching.
pray to the Lord that I will not be lukewarm or compromise with the
world. No physical church or denomination can save anyone. No certain
Priest or Pastor can save anyone. I can talk a lot of Christianise,
play Churchanity or appear to be highly spiritual. All of those are just
outward things and the Lord does not look on the outside as people do,
He looks at the heart. God knows our heart. I think it is very wise
and important to examen ourselves from time to time, to see if we are
truly in the faith or if we have left our first love. There is one
thing Jesus said that should concern all of us who are confessing
believers in Christ:
everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." Mat 7:21.
The letters to the seven churches can be found in the book of Revelation, chapter 2 and 3.