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Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | February 15, 2020 – Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. – Revelation 2:1 – 7

Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | February 15, 2020. Enrich and Sustain your relationship with Jesus reading our daily devotional    Revelation 2:1 – 7 – Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  look
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. 

 

Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7

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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
Beloved we still want to dig deep into the book of Revelation and see how it affects you in particular, not your denomination.
The discovery shall help you to fully prepare for the dawning rapture.
The good Lord shall help you in particular in Jesus name.
You are the church , Jesus purchased with  His blood.

Acts 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Our Lord sent the messages in the book of Revelation to the churches and it includes you in particular.

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Beloved, judgement shall begin from inside the churches.

1Pe 4:17 — 1Pe 4:18  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

The member of the church who heeded the warnings of our Lord Jesus Christ, shall partake in the new Jerusalem.
However, those that are found wanting, shall end up in the lake of fire.
This shall not be your portion in Jesus name.

Rev 22:14 — Rev 22:15  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Remember, these messages in the book of Revelation are things that are imminent and can begin to happen anytime from now. Be prepared.

Revelation 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Revelation 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Rev 22:10 — Rev 22:13  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

The churches for which you are included , because you were purchased with the precious blood of Jesus are blessed for reading the book of Revelation and applying it to their lives.
This application of the messages in the book of Revelation shall guarantee your readiness for the dawning rapture.

Revelation 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Revelation 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Revelation 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Revelation 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

The church, not your denomination, talking about you, who qualifies for the dawning rapture, shall be part of the twenty four elders around the throne of God.

Rev 4:1 — Rev 4:5  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Recount the twenty four elders are the raptured saints, redeemed or purchased with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, when they were on the earth.

Rev 5:1 — Rev 5:10 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Apostle John was commissioned by Jesus Christ our Lord to do three things.

Rev 1:19 — Rev 1:20  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

The first thing, he was to write was the revelation of our glorified Lord.

Rev 1:12 — Rev 1:16   And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Secondly, he  was commissioned to write the messages to seven of the churches during His days.
Thirdly, he was commissioned to reveal to the churches, the certainty of the events of the last days, beginning with the dawning rapture.
This second assignment of writing the  present spiritual estate of all of these churches then.

Revelation 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

But then these seven churches also reflect the spiritual estate of the entire churches of Christ globally then and until the end of church age, when they shall be raptured.
Seven means totality, finality, completeness, perfection etc.
 
We will take time to study the entire seven churches, for you to discover things, you need to be doing and things you need to determinedly remove from your life, if you shall partake in the dawning rapture.
 
The good Lord shall help you in particular in Jesus name.
 
One of the seven churches is what we  want to study deeply and see , how it symbolise and resemble your present spiritual standing as you are preparing for the dawning rapture.  See it.
 

Rev 2:1 — Rev 2:7  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Apostle John, having in the foregoing chapter written the things which he had seen about the glorified Lamb of God.

Now proceeds to write the things that are, according to the command of God (Revelation 1:19), that is, the present state of the seven churches of Asia, with which he had a particular acquaintance, and for which he had a tender concern.

They refer primarily to the actual condition of the several Churches in St. John’s own day, and then are intended for the instruction, encouragement, and warning of the Church and the Churches throughout all time.

He was directed to write to every one of them according to their present state and circumstances, and to inscribe every letter to the angel of that church, to the minister called angels because they are the messengers of God to mankind.

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Don’t be surprised the blessed Holy Spirit is placing you in this position of the angel of the churches, as we shall be considering them.

The reason for this is simple. Even though, the message was directed to the ministers or angels of the churches, the message is also for the members of the church.

But then because you are going to be doubling as a member of the church and also the leader of your world of influence.

That  is your unsaved spouse children parents siblings close and extended family members neighbors and colleagues at work.

You must understand that human beings in leadership position are referred to as angel.

See  king David was referred to by others as an angel.

1Sa 29:9  And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.

2Sa 14:17  Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the Lord thy God will be with thee.

2Sa 14:20  To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.

Stephen was referred to as an angel.

Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Acts 6:10. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

Beloved as a member of the church and angel, you must be shinning light and good example for others.

1 Timothy 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Philippians 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

2Co 3:2  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

Mat 5:13 — Mat 5:16  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Beloved, let us see lessons for you in particular to learn from the church of Ephesus

The church at Ephesus was founded by Paul apostle.

Act 19:1 — Act 19:6  And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Act 19:10 — Act 19:12  And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

Timothy was the first Bishop of this church, but was martyred after the death of apostle Paul.

1 Timothy 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

Apostle John was the bishop of this church until he was banished to the isle of  Patmos.
See what our Lord said about the spiritual estate of the church then and as they symbolise the global churches, until the end of time and that includes you.

Rev 2:1 — Rev 2:7  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

The commendation Christ gave this church, ministers and members, which he always brings in by declaring that he knows their works, and therefore both his commendation and reprehension are to be strictly regarded for he does not in either speak at a venture: he knows what he says.
Now the church of Ephesus is commended,
(1) For their diligence in duty:

Rev 2:2 — Rev 2:3 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

I know thy works, and thy labour, Revelation 2:2. This may more immediately relate to the ministry of this church, which had been laborious and diligent. Dignity calls for duty. Those that are stars in Christ’s hand had need to be always in motion, dispensing light to all about them.
Are you presently doing anything for Christ?  If you are fine.  But if you are not, you are not doing well at all.
If you have been redeemed by Him, He gave all His followers work to do till He comes.

Luke 19:13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Mark 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Acts 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

1 Corinthians 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

The members of the church at Ephesus laboured for Christ, you must do same, beginning from now.
 For my name’s sake thou hast laboured, and hast not fainted,

Revelation 2:3. Christ keeps an account of every day’s work, and every hour’s work, his servants do for him, and their labour shall not be in vain in the Lord

(2) For their patience in suffering: Thy labour and thy patience,  It is not enough that we be diligent, but we must be patient, and endure hardness as good soldiers of Christ.
 Ministers must have and exercise great patience, and no Christian can be without it.
There must be bearing patience, to endure the injuries of men and the rebukes of Providence and there must be waiting patience, that, when they have done the will of God, they may receive the promise:
Thou hast borne, and hast patience, . We shall meet with such difficulties in our way and work as require patience to go on and finish well
Are you patient? Patient with your spouse, with your children, with your neighbor and colleagues at work etc?
Are you patient with church members?
Are you patient when things are not working well?

Heb 10:35 — Heb 10:39  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Jam 1:2 — Jam 1:4  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Rom 5:3 — Rom 5:4  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

If you will really get to heaven or be part of the rapture, you must be patient.

Luk 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

(3) For their zeal against what was evil: Thou canst not bear those that are evil, . It consists very well with Christian patience not to dispense with sin, much less allow it though we must show all meekness to men, yet we must show a just zeal against their sins.
This their zeal was the more to be commended because it was according to knowledge, a discreet zeal upon a previous trial made of the pretences, practices, and tenets of evil men:
Thou hast tried those that say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them liars. True zeal proceeds with discretion none should be cast off till they be tried.
Do you tolerate sinful people and associate with them? If your answer is yes, you are not doing well, stop it, so that your eternal well-being can be guaranteed.

1Co 5:9 — 1Co 5:11 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

Eph 5:10 — Eph 5:12  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

2Co 6:14 — 2Co 6:18  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Do you tolerate false teachers, you are sinning against God.
Some had risen up in this church that pretended to be not ordinary ministers, but apostles and their pretensions had been examined but found to be vain and false.
Those that impartially search after truth may come to the knowledge of it.

Rom 16:17 — Rom 16:18  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

2Jo 1:8 — 2Jo 1:11  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Christ rebuke for lost love.

Revelation 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

They did not retain that strong and ardent affection for God and sacred things which they had when first brought to the knowledge of the truth, and justified by faith in Christ.
The rebuke given to this church: Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, . Those that have much good in them may have something much amiss in them, and our Lord Jesus, as an impartial Master and Judge, takes notice of both though he first observes what is good, and is most ready to mention this.
Yet he also observes what is amiss, and will faithfully reprove them for it. The sin that Christ charged this church with was their decay and declension in holy love and zeal:
Thou hast left thy first love not left and forsaken the object of it, but lost the fervent degree of it that at first appeared. Observe,
 (1) The first affections of men towards Christ, and holiness, and heaven, are usually lively and warm. God remembered the love of Israel’s espousals, when she would follow him withersoever he went
 (2) These lively affections will abate and cool if great care be not taken, and diligence used, to preserve them in constant exercise.
 (3) Christ is grieved and displeased with his people when he sees them grow remiss and cold towards him, and he will one way or other make them sensible that he does not take it well from them.
Beloved, pause here and conscientiously examine yourself.
Have you too not lost your first love to Christ?
God”s most important commandment, is to love Him more than every other things.

Deu 10:12  And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Mat 22:36 — Mat 22:40  Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Deu 6:5  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Remember, He began the love.

1 John 4:19  We love him, because he first loved

Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Gal 5:6  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

God wants to know whether you love Him,

Jn 21:15 — Jn 21:17  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

You must not love any human being more than Him.

Matthew 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Under no circumstances must you allow anyone or anything to separate you from Christ.

Rom 8:35 — Rom 8:39  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You must love Him and live for Him.

2Co 5:14 — 2Co 5:15  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

You must not serve Him, because of what you can gain from Him.

1 Corinthians 15:19  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

Rev 3:15 — Rev 3:20  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Christ counsel to repent because of the consequences of loosing your first love.

Revelation 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

The advice and counsel given them from Christ: Remember therefore whence thou hast fallen, and repent,
(1) Those that have lost their first love must remember whence they have fallen they must compare their present with their former state, and consider how much better it was with them then than now, how much peace, strength, purity, and pleasure they have lost, by leaving their first love,–how much more comfortably they could lie down and sleep at night,–how much more cheerfully they could awake in the morning,–how much better they could bear afflictions, and how much more becomingly they could enjoy the favours of Providence,–how much easier the thoughts of death were to them, and how much stronger their desires and hopes of heaven
(2) They must repent. They must be inwardly grieved and ashamed for their sinful declension they must blame themselves, and shame themselves, for it, and humbly confess it in the sight of God, and judge and condemn themselves for it
(3) They must return and do their first works. They must as it were begin again, go back step by step, till they come to the place where they took the first false step they must endeavour to revive and recover their first zeal, tenderness, and seriousness, and must pray as earnestly, and watch as diligently, as they did when they first set out in the ways of God.

Revelation 3:3  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Revelation 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Ezk 16:61 — Ezk 16:63  Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant. And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord God.

Ezekiel 20:43  And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.

Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

2Pe 1:12 — 2Pe 1:13  Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;

Christ promises, if they  repent.

Revelation 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

A promise of great mercy to those who overcome. The Christian life is a warfare against sin, Satan, the world, and the flesh. It is not enough that we engage in this warfare, but we must pursue it to the end, we must never yield to our spiritual enemies, but fight the good fight, till we gain the victory, as all persevering Christians shall do and the warfare and victory shall have a glorious triumph and reward.
That which is here promised to the victors is that they shall eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God. They shall have that perfection of holiness, and that confirmation therein, which Adam would have had if he had gone well through the course of his trial: he would then have eaten of the tree of life which was in the midst of paradise, and this would have been the sacrament of confirmation to him in his holy and happy state so all who persevere in their Christian trial and warfare shall derive from Christ, as the tree of life, perfection and confirmation in holiness and happiness in the paradise of God not in the earthly paradise, but the hea

Revelation 22:12  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Rev 22:1 — Rev 22:2  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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repent
first works
Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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first love
repent
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Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7
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as a result, hence, consequently, therefore
because, so, due to, for the reason that Revelation 2:1 – 7
the church of Ephesus
first love
repent
first works
Unto the church of Ephesus, Thou hast left thy first love. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works – Revelation 2:1 – 7