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Even though Thanksgiving and Christmas is over, the heart of them never has to be over! .......... That is be thankful to God in all things, and Love him, Love your neighbors as well as your enemies!..............

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 their 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 thewonders & 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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