Today’s devotion focuses upon the requirement to the church in Ephesus, given by the Lord Himself as a result of the church “leaving their first love.” In Revelation 2:5-6 we read “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.” (KJV) First, notice that the Lord required them to “remember” some important things related to their salvation, which I believe would be the love they used to have for Him, the excitement they used to have because of Him and the dedication that used to be motivated by pure love for the One who gave Himself for their sins.
Next, the Lord required them to “repent” of their backslidden condition, or in other words, to “change their minds about where they were at spiritually a return to where they used to be in their walk with their Savior.” Closeness to Calvary will keep the fire burning in our hearts as well! The Lord also required them to “review” the possibility for removal. This removal is not losing their salvation, but instead the removal of fellowship with God and the powerful testimony a church needs to be a true light for Christ in this world. The structure of many churches still stand, but the spiritual light they once were, is gone because of coldness, routine and dead tradition. Finally, the Lord required them to continue to “repulse” the deeds of the “Nicolaitans.” This word means “to conquer the people” and refers to the beginning apostasy that has grown into what we see today in the spiritual and moral atrocities of the Catholic Church. Many today feel as though Jesus Christ has no right to “require” anything of His people, but they are mistaken. If we are saved, we’ve been bought with the precious Blood of Jesus, therefore as the old song says, “Now I belong to Jesus, Jesus belongs to me. Not for the years of time alone, but for eternity!” Pastor Joey Durham