by James Merritt

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The Church At Ephesus: Where Jesus Comes In Second (6 of 39)
Series: The King Is Coming
James Merritt
Revelation 2:1-7


1. The book of the revelation is the only book in the Bible that gives its own outline, in chapter 1 and verse 19, John was told ''write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.'' that is the divine division of this book.

2. ''the things which you have seen'' refers to the vision that John had of the glorified Christ in chapter 1. ''the things which are'' refer to the seven churches to which this book was addressed, ''the things which will take place after this'' refers to those things which are to take place in the future and are taken up in chapters four and following.

3. The letters that John wrote to the seven churches are for every church in every age. For we are told in verse 7, ''he who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.'' when the cb craze was hot in this country those with radios would ask each other ''do you have your ears on?'' that is what Jesus is saying here, ''have your spiritual ears on and be ready for what I have to say to my church.''

4. The church at Ephesus was a church that was doing many things right, but it had one fatal flaw, Jesus was coming in second. And that is tragic because we know from the sports world that nobody really cares who comes in second, that is why there is such an emphasis on winning, it is no longer how you play the game, it is who wins and comes in first that really matters.

5. Though I do not believe that is the way it should be in the world of sports, I do believe that is exactly the way it should be in the spirit world. Who and what comes in first will determine whether or not your life really counts for god, that is why Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, ''seek first the kingdom of god, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.''

6. So I begin by ask ...

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