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Revelation 2 : Jesus’ message to the believers at Ephesus

v1 ‘Write this to the *angel of the *church at Ephesus:

This is the message from the one who holds the 7 stars. He holds them in his right hand. He also walks among the 7 lights in gold *lampstands.

Verse 1 Many people think that the ‘angel’ here means a human person. The angel could have been the person who read this letter aloud to the *church. (So ‘angel’ could also mean this in verses 2:8, 12 and 18 and 3:1, 7 and 14. Everywhere else in Revelation, ‘angel’ means a *being from *heaven.)

v2 I know everything that you do. You have worked much for me. You have been patient through trouble. I know that you will not let bad men stay among you. Some men among you say that God has sent them to teach you. But he did not send them. You have thought carefully about what they say. And you have discovered that it is not true. v3 You have been patient and strong. You have had trouble because you are my servants. And still you have not become tired of obeying me.

v4 But I have something to say against you. You loved me very much when you first believed in me. You do not love me as much now. v5 So remember how much you once loved me. Be sorry about the bad things that you do. Do again the good things that you did at the beginning. Unless you are sorry about the bad things, I will come to you. Then I will take away your *lampstand from its place. v6 You *hate what the Nicolaitans are doing. It is very good that you *hate it. I also *hate it.

Verse 6 The Nicolaitans were teaching the Christians to do wrong things. They were not teaching the same as Jesus had taught. We do not know much about the wrong things that they taught.

v7 God’s Spirit is speaking to you in the *churches. You should recognise that the Spirit is speaking. Everybody who recognises that should listen. They should listen to what he says. I will let everyone who wins against *Satan eat my fruit. This fruit is from the tree that makes us alive. And this tree grows in God’s garden.’

Verse 7 ‘Wins’ here means ‘beats everything that is against Christians’. The *Devil is always trying to stop people being Christians. We can only beat him when we go on obeying Jesus always. Jesus will show us what to do. He will make us strong.

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