Where do we stand?
What is Jesus saying to the seven churches, to the fullness of the church? What is he saying to you and I, for we are part of his church? What does he commend and what does he hate? Don't we need to know this? What about grace to be saved and not works?
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
So many do nothing after being saved. Many churches are content to be just saved by grace, yes, amen. But do not teach to the church that they are not to do good works. What does verse ten say?
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. What is Jesus saying to the church? We are the church.
I will let you review the different church names and their strengths and weaknesses. I want to just list the important things. Search your heart to see where you stand in the faith.
What Jesus commends:
We are to reject evil, we are to be holy as he is holy.
We are to keep the faith, pure doctrine in the Spirit of truth.
We are to persevere, not give up. No one said it would be easy, but Jesus has given us God's word and His Spirit to give us strength.
We are to gracefully bear suffering and persecution. Jesus really likes that.
We are to be patient, with love and service.
Criticisms, things to repent from:
No longer having fervent love for Jesus, as in the beginning
Tolerating immorality, idolatry and heresies...not to be tolerant of satan's things. Repent, judgment coming, keep the faith
Indifference, neither hot nor cold, be zealous and repent
You are just dead, no spiritual life in you, repent strengthen what remains.
If we do well we will rewarded in the New Jerusalem when Jesus Christ returns.
The tree of life
The crown of life
Hidden manna and a white stone with a new name
Rule over nations and receive the morning star
Faithful are rewarded and will wear white raiment
A place in God's presence, a new name
Share Christ's throne
We cannot please God unless Jesus is in our heart. He is knocking so let him in, with the Holy Spirit. You cannot make it without him. He does care about our works after salvation. I suggest that you carefully study what he likes and dislikes and walk so as to please him. These are written for all the church.