Revelation 2:4 Index
"Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love."
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"...I have somewhat against thee... "

  • PROBLEM: The problem the church is faced with. "thou hast left thy first love." (KC 32)

"...because thou hast left thy first love."

  • Do you remember when you first accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life? Maybe it was kneeling at your parent's side, or perhaps it could have been at a local church altar. You may have come forward at an evangelistic meeting, surrendering your life, or perhaps it was alone, in a quite retreat, that you first gave your heart to Him. Do you remember hoe you felt at each major milestone in your Christian walk?
    • Being baptized, and the peace you felt in this act of faith?
    • When you joined the church, and the happiness you felt in Christian fellowship?
    • When you shared your testimony for the first time?
    • Leading someone you loved into the faith?
    • Going about your daily routine and singing a hymn you had learned in church?
    • Memorizing Scripture?
    • All the acts of worship and witnessing that flowed out of a heart that was in love with Christ? (KC 36)
  • This "love" probably included wholehearted love for God and for truth, and love for one another as brethren and for their fellow men in general (Matthew 5:43, 44; 22:34-40). Perhaps the doctrinal controversies stirred up by the false teachers had given rise to a factious spirit. Also, in spite of diligent efforts on the part of many to stay the tide of false teaching, a number who remained in the church were no doubt affected in greater or less degree by it. To the extent that error had found a lodging place in the church, to that extent was thwarted the activity of the Holy Spirit as a messenger of truth (John 16:13), whose task it is to convert the principles of truth into a living force for the transformation of character (John 16:8-11; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 4:30). Furthermore, as the testimony of those who had personally associated with Jesus ended, as one by one they died, and the vision of the imminence of Christ's return (Revelation 1:1) began to fade, the flame of faith and devotion burned ever lower. (7BC 744)