Introduction: Beginning with these refrains, we will be contemplating the seven houses of worship to which Jesus is composing. He calls these holy places by name in Rev. 1:11. Jesus has a word for every one of these gatherings. As we study these seven chapels, I need you to remember that these houses of worship can be found in three distinctive manners.
1. They can be seen Prophetically – These places of worship appear to address changed phases of the congregation throughout the most recent 2,000 years. Assuming this is valid, the congregation at Ephesus addresses the time-frame between the Day of Pentecost and 100 AD. This was a period of incredible development for the early church. However, it was likewise when some started to free their enthusiasm and intensity. 2. They can be seen Practically – These letters were shipped off exacting, genuine assemblies that were really working at the end of the First Century. While they were composed to genuine places of worship existing in that day, they actually address each congregation in presence today. God has a word for Calvary Baptist Church in these refrains! 3. They can be seen Personally – These letters address assemblies, however we ought to likewise be careful that the Lord has a word for the person in these letters too. He has a comment to you and to me about our relationship with Him. My longing is to take the reasonable utilization of these letters and try to apply them to Calvary Baptist Church. I accept the Lord has something explicit to say to our congregation from every one of these letters. The principal letter that precedes is to the congregation situated in the city of Ephesus. To see a portion of the things addressed the congregation, we need to inspect the city. Allow me to share a couple of realities about the old city of Ephesus. Ephesus was significant in day for a few reasons. 1. It was a significant city Commercially – Ephesus was situated on the Castor River, only a couple of miles inland from the Aegean Sea. It was noted for its grand harbor, and ships came to Ephesus from everywhere the realized world bring their products and their riches. It was the most extravagant city in Asia Minor in its day. 2. It was a significant city Politically – Because of past support of the Empire of Rome, Ephesus was allowed the option to be a "free city". This implies that they rehearsed self-government. It implies that they could settle on whatever choices they needed to make. It likewise implies that Roman soldiers were not posted there. This permitted the city to flourish. 3. It was a significant city Religiously – Ephesus was the home of the sanctuary of Diana, or Artemis. In its day, it was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Individuals came from wherever to go to that sanctuary. Presently, Diana was the goddess of sex and fruitfulness. She was addressed by a revolting sculpture of a many-breasted lady. This sanctuary was loaded up with many sanctuary whores and the manner in which you revered Diana was to have sexual relations with a sanctuary whore. The sanctuary additionally filled in as a bank. Individuals would bring their assets there for safety's sake. It filled in as exhibition hall for compelling artwork. Craftsmanship from everywhere the world was housed in this antiquated sanctuary. It additionally filled in as a shelter for lawbreakers. In the event that a criminal could get to the sanctuary, he would be protected from indictment. It is not difficult to see that the city of Ephesus was an insidious, degenerate, terrible spot to live. A Greek thinker named Heraclitus said, "Nobody could live in Ephesus without sobbing over the shamelessness which he should see on each side." It was to this disgusting city that God sent the Apostle Paul, Acts 18:19-21; 19; 20:17-38. Established lectured here for a very long time and established this congregation. While Paul was there, he composed the books of first and second Corinthians. Timothy was the main diocesan of this congregation, 1 Tim. 1:3. Aquilla, Priscilla and Apollos all worked in the Ephesian church, Acts 18. The Apostle John likewise spent the last long periods of his life in Ephesus. It was here that he composed the Gospel of John and his three epistles. As indicated by custom, Mary the mother of Jesus is covered in Ephesus. This congregation was advantaged to hear and know the most elite in those early days. This was a functioning church, serving in a mischievous hour. However, God utilized them and numerous spirits were saved. Incidentally, similar strategies utilized in Ephesus will in any case work today, Acts 20:17-21. We won't arrive at our local area by standing by and sitting idle. We will arrive at Caldwell County by going out offering the Gospel to them! Thirty years have passed and the Lord results in these present circumstances church to address them about where they are and where He needs them to be. He comes to them with a message of solace. They are reminded in section 1 that He has them securely in His grasp. "Holdeth" discusses "being in supreme control". In a general public that was crazy, they had to realize that He was in charge. We need that equivalent message today. He advises them that He is ever with them, noticing them and ensuring them as they look to serve Him. As we study these seven letters, I need you to see that the Lord has something individual to say to each of these places of worship. He results in these present circumstances church discussing His essence among them. This was a congregation that frantically expected to perceive the presence of the Lord in their middle. Jesus mentions four observable facts concerning this congregation that I need to impart to you today. I need to take this entry and lecture on the idea: When The Flame Becomes An Ember. I trust Jesus has a word for our souls today. I. v. 2-3, 6 JESUS EXAMINES THEIR REPUTATION (Sick. Jesus starts His comments to this congregation by discussing all that is directly with this assemblage. They had a ton going for them and the Lord tells them that He has seen all the great they are doing in His Name. He comes to them with valuable expressions of honor) A. v. 2a He Commends Their Service – Jesus utilizes three words to depict the action of this congregation. 1. Works – This word talks about "that which is refined". It alludes to the way that this congregation has achieved much for the brilliance of the Lord. They have been working and Jesus has seen everything. 2. Work – This word in a real sense signifies "a beating". It talks about "extreme work combined with work and inconvenience." It tells that this congregation was serving the Lord intensely. They were in a real sense working like a dog. As such, this was no Sunday morning just group. They were effectively serving the Lord at extraordinary individual cost and incredible a disregard for one's own needs. 3. Persistence – This word talks about "unflinching perseverance". It discloses to us that this congregation was working regardless of resistance. Individuals in Ephesus didn't see the value in these individuals or their energy for the Lord and they went against them freely and truly; yet these individuals persevered through the resistance and the abuse and they kept on serving the Lord reliably despite everything tossed against them. (Sick. In the event that you had gone to this congregation on a regular Sunday you would have caught wind of seven days loaded up with movement and openings for administration. These individuals knew something that the cutting edge church has neglected. · They realized that a congregation won't fabricate itself. · They likewise realized that a congregation can't support itself. · They realized that it takes individuals who will stay by the stuff! · They likewise realized that it takes work to do these things! We can transform this spot into a nation club where the frozen picked meet to salute themselves on their salvation. Or on the other hand we can transform this congregation into where the holy people enter to love and to be prepared for administration; and afterward they leave this work environment for the brilliance of God in their homes, schools, networks and business environments. God didn't save us to drift into wonder on fancy beds of straightforwardness. He saved us to be dynamic in His work until He called us home to His wonder, Eph. 2:10; James 2:18; 2 Cor. 9:8; Col. 1:10. If Jesus somehow happened to show up on this stage today, would He laud us for our works, or work and our understanding?) B. v. 2b, He Commends Their Separation – "canst not bear them which are shrewd" – These individuals were carrying on with an isolated way of life. The impropriety and fiendish that characterized their reality was not a piece of their lives. They stood firm in favor of ethical quality and they lived uniquely in contrast to their general surroundings. (Sick. God actually anticipates this from the entirety of His kids. He requests that we be isolated from this underhanded world, 2 Cor. 6:17; Eph. 5:1-8. In our walk, our discussion, our dress, our decisions of amusement, and in each everyday issue, we are instructed to be unique in relation to the lost world around us. That is the solitary way we can let the light of Christ sparkle, Matt. 5:16. If Jesus somehow managed to address this congregation and our own hearts today, would He praise us for being an isolated group?) C. v. 2c, 6 He Commends Their Standards – These individuals are applauded in light of the fact that they held quick to address teaching. At the point when individuals went through their town professing to be godly men, they put them under serious scrutiny. They looked at their qualifications and they analyzed their proclaiming. On the off chance that what they said didn't agree with the Word of God, they wouldn't hear them, or to cooperation with them, yet they presented them to be the liars they were. They are likewise praised as a result of their remain against the "Nicolaitans". Nobody knows without a doubt who these individuals were, however there several prospects. The word comes from two Greek words; "Nikao" – "To Conquer" and "Laos" – "The People". In this way the Nicolaitans might have been a gathering of chapel pioneers who needed to build up a chain of command in the congregation. At the end of the day, there may have been some who needed to manage everything and hold individuals under the

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