by Johnny Hunt

Seven Promises to Seven Churches
Johnny Hunt
Revelation 2 and 3

Introduction: God keeps all His promises according to His truthful, faithful character. Five of the seven churches in Revelation have received ''rebukes'' from the Lord Himself; however, He offers promises of encouragement to each one that will ''hear what the Spirit says to the churches.''

Our help and our hope is all predicated on God's character.

Lamentations 3:22-26
''Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. '''The Lord is my portion,''' says my soul, '''Therefore I hope in Him!''' The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.

I. Christ's Promise To The Loveless
Church 2:7

If we abandon our love for Christ, the question is, what or who do we replace it with? Normally self. However, self will never satisfy the soul.

The soul is designed to worship, but not to worship our self. The self is not glorious enough to captivate the soul.

Our greatest joy will come in loving God and laying aside the weight of self- preoccupation, by denying ourselves, and
looking to Jesus who is Life. We then will find ourselves desiring to serve others and give ourselves to others, as we begin to really live life abundantly.

PROMISE: V7 ''I will give to eat of the tree of life'' - symbolic of eternal life and continued blessings. Its leaves speak of enriching heavenly life, making it full and satisfying.

1 John 5:5
''Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?''

Our dedication to Christ of our life, makes one an overcomer.

II. Christ's Promise To The Persecuted
Church 2:10-11

Many members of this church were imprisoned and later put to death. Christ promised them ''the crown of life'' - this speaks of the reward as literally life. He give ...

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