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The Loveless Church, Ephesus;  Lets look at The Church of Ephesus which is one of the

seven churches of Revelations.  This Church is a very busy church in serving our Lord with

their ministry work with all sorts of classes, church activities etc,, except they have forgotten t

heir first love!  That is Jesus Christ, a Love for God!  And they also forgot about people, a

love for neighbor and love for enemy as well!  Their hearts are far from Jesus Christ! (Mt 15:8)!

Let Us Pray;  Dear Heavenly Father in the name of your son & our Lord Jesus Chris & of The Holy Spirit that

you open our hearts and minds up to your warnings, that we take them to heart and not be blinded to them, so that

we may be repentant if there be any sin, or anything false in us, if there be any disobedience towards you, we pray

for your mercy and your guidance so that we may live for you in all that we say and do. Please open our ears so we

can hear what you say, open our eyes so we can see what you are saying and open our hearts so that we may

understand and obey what you have said!  In the name of the Father, The Son and of the Holy Spirit we Pray

AMEN!

1) Reading of Scripture- Our Lord Jesus Christ says to John; Revelation 2:1 "To the angel of the church of 

Ephesus write, 'These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the

seven golden lamp stands: 2 "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those

who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;

3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become

weary.

4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you

have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from

its place unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

7 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to

eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God."'

2) The Loveless Church of Ephesus -

a) Jesus Christ Approval -

1) Their Works & Labor - By what Jesus our Lord here means is that they were very busy and hard

working doing his work even to the point of exhaustion in trying to get his message out. This church is a

self sacrificing church in many ways.

2) Knows Their Patience - The meaning here is that they endured under trial even when things were very

hard, they continued on. Even under persecution they stood firm in the faith against all obstacles.

3) They can not bear Evil - They can not tolerate those that are bent on being evil rather than repent &

surrender unto Jesus Christ, those that come among the flock and try to create strife among them.

4) They Tested Apostles - This church has also tested any pastor or evangelist and such to see if they are

true ministers of Gods Holy Words of the Body of Christ, and they have found out that these false apostles

are liars, deceivers and wolves in sheep's clothing.

5) They Have Persevered - Even under rough times they had not given way to murmuring or complaints

6) They had Patience - Even the troubles that false apostles (Pastors/Evangelist) has caused them, and yet

they remained patient without losing their cool that is.

7) They Labored - They worked very hard being diligent in spreading the word of Jesus Christ, the Good

News in bringing the lost to Jesus Christ.

8) That Had Not Become Weary - They have not become worn out, nor discouraged from all of their hard

work and troubles of getting the word of Jesus Christ out to the Lost souls.

9) They Seem Like the Perfect Church - So my friends when we look at all the good things that Jesus

Christ said about this church, it sure seem like they are the perfect Christian church doesn't? It just seems

like they are full of obedience and love to our Lord Jesus Christ doesn't it? Not Really! Appearances are

very deceiving to put it lightly. Now lets look at the next part to where Jesus Christ seems to have

something against them.

b) Jesus Christ Accuses Them -

1) Heart Trouble - This church suffers from Heart Trouble; as Jesus Christ tells them in this letter to their

church;

2)  Read Scripture - Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

3) Wrong Motives - Even though they displayed works .... labor ... and patience, and they do not tolerate

false apostles or evil, these are not enough because their motivations are not for their Love of Jesus Christ,

but their motives for all of their labor, patience and such are based on a religious works instead of their

love for Jesus Christ. And if they can not love Jesus Christ, have zeal for him, then how can they love

anyone else and spread Jesus words without Love for others?

4) Read Scripture -  1 Thessalonians 1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and

patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, ..........

5) They Forgot the Laws of Love - They seen to have forgotten the 2 greatest commandments - To which

are the Laws of Love, "LOVE GOD" (Matthew 22:37-38) and "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR"

(Matthew 22:39) to which all of the Old Testament laws and Prophets teaches us to observe and obey

with our hearts and minds (Matthew 22:40)Its all about love my friends!

6) The Marriage - The kind of Love that our Lord Jesus Christ is talking about is the honeymoon type of

Love when we first accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and repented of our sins. Kind of like when a man

and woman first gets married with all of the joys, the love and the excitement of the new found relationship.

7) Neglecting the Marriage - But when either spouse, the husband or the wife starts to take the marriage

for granted, by their intimacy and excitement becoming less & Less, then relationship is in danger of leading

to a complete breakup, and later a divorce. A neglect of a relationship happens slowly and surely, a little

neglect here, and a little there and before you know it, DIVORCE!  So is it the same with our relationship

with our Lord Jesus Christ. We had better not take our relationship with Jesus Christ for granted either. If

we do he would divorce us as well, that is to remove us from his saving grace.

8) The Divorce - The Ephesus church was so busy working doing ministry work in Jesus name that they

neglected their intimate and personal relationship with him. So in that Jesus Christ eventually becomes a

stranger to them, that they no longer even know who he even is. So Jesus Christ that is among the churches

sees that their hearts are far from him and if they are a complete stranger to him.

9) Jesus Christ doesn't Know them - Will Jesus Christ say to them on judgment day; Matthew 7:23 And 

then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, ...........

c) Jesus Christ Warns Them

1) JESUS WARNS THEM - So Jesus Christ FIRMLY Warns them by saying to them;

2) Read Scripture - Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first

works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place unless you repent.

3) They May be Condemned - When Jesus Christ said I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp

stand, he means when he comes in judgment of their church, and remove them as one of his churches, as

part of the Body of Jesus Christ to no longer be a member of the Body, a part of him. In other words

Jesus Holy Words, his Holy Truths shall be taken away from them, his presence will no longer be there

with them and they will be condemned with the rest of the world. 

They will be tossed into the lake of fire will the rest of this wicked world if they do not repent and turn

from their wickedness of their hearts.

d) They Can be Restored if they do 3 Things

1) Restoration Possible - They can be restored in their relationship with Jesus Christ, that one on one

intimate and personal relationship with him by doing the following 3 things

a) First; Remember what they have lost and to redevelop a zeal & desire to have a intimate & personal

close relationship with Jesus Christ

b) Second; Then they must repent of their sins against Jesus Christ and change their hearts & minds

c) Third; They must do the works they did at first such as intimate prayer, bible study, and mediate on the

wonders & Holy Words of God (The Bible) in obedience, service and worship to him

2) No Light - This church was in danger of losing its light and we should notice that this church is no longer

there and there is no light there either. Is this how it will be in these last days as well?

3) Your Church Neglecting Jesus? - Is your church neglecting their zeal, passion & desire, & their intimate

love relationship with Jesus Christ?  If they are they had better beware, because they will receive the exact

same judgment from Jesus Christ as the Ephesians church has may have received!

e) Jesus Gives them one Final Accommodation

1) They Hate Nicolaitans Practices - Jesus Christ our Lord does give the Ephesians Church another

commendation,  and that is that they hate the practice of the Nicolaitans, their False deeds/ways.

2) Who are the Nicolaitans? - They are professing Christians who hold to false doctrines similar to the

doctrines of Balaam, that allows for and practices aggressively and selfishly desires for immorality,

including and not limited to sexual immorality. These practices may also include greed, that is they think

gain is godliness.

f) Listen & Take Heed to What Jesus Christ Says

1) Take it to Heart - Those who Love Jesus Christ will take to heart HIS WARNINGS to the Churches and

they will examine them selves and their church to see if they are one the churches that is in deep series

trouble with Jesus Christ.

2) Examine Themselves  2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine 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.

3) Take Heed or Receive Condemnation - If They Do not take to Heart Jesus Christ Warnings to the

Ephesians church then they will only receive his judgments and his condemnations rather than his blessings.

4) Jesus Christ Disciplining His Church - Have you ever wondered why in some churches that so many

people are sick, having family problems, high divorce rates and even passing away before their time? 

Could it be Gods judgments on them or is it test and trials to see how faithful they really are to Jesus

Christ?

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November 15, 2018

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