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Revelation: The Church in Smyrna #CrownOfLife

“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Through this week I’ll be posting and asking for comment about the messages that Jesus gave John to write to the churches in Revelation.

Today I’d like to discuss, through the comments on this post, the message that Jesus gave John to write to the church at Smyrna.

In chapter 2 we see the message to Smyrna with Jesus commenting on the things He is pleased with and the things which He holds against the church. Jesus also encourages the church to be faithful through tribulation that is about to come.

What themes do you see?

How do you see these themes occurring in churches today?

What challenges you personally when reading this message?

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this: ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.'”

Revelation 2:8‭-‬11 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/rev.2.8-11.NASB

Revelation: The Church in Ephesus

Through this week I’ll be posting and asking for comment about the messages that Jesus gave John to write to the churches in Revelation.

Today I’d like to discuss, through the comments on this post, the message that Jesus gave John to write to the church at Ephesus.

In chapter 2 we see the message to Ephesus with Jesus commenting on the things He is pleased with and the things which He holds against the church.

What themes do you see?

How do you see these themes occurring in churches today?

What challenges you personally when reading this message?

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place-unless you repent. Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'”

Revelation 2:1‭-‬7 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/rev.2.1-7.NASB