INTRO: We are in Revelation chapter 2. We are looking at the first church addressed of seven. We find it in Revelation 2:1-7. We have looked at the counselee in verse 1:
1 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
We have looked at the counselor in 1b:
‚ÄėThese things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
Then we have looked at the commendation:
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‚Äôs sake and have not become weary.
And last, we were looking at the criticism in verse 4:
Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
I recommended in the previous message that by the time we are done looking at these churches, you can have memorized both chapters. I also recommended you consider the meaning of the Church of Ephesus having left their first love, and it is there in verse 4, that we now pick up.