Bible Reading Day 346

by markburlinson

Day 346: December 12 (Revelation 2)

Good morning!

After yesterday’s introduction to the seven churches, today we read what Jesus says to three of those churches.

The church in Ephesus is the church that has lost its first love. The church in Smyrna is the persecuted church, and the church in Pergamum is the church that tolerates sin.

Each of these churches were literal churches at the time John wrote, but they also represent types of churches today and throughout history.

The wisdom John relays from Jesus applies equally to us and to the churches in Asia Minor.

Sometimes the seven churches are interpreted as representing seven stages of church history, but this requires major twisting to accomplish and is over-speculative.

A repeating theme in all these letters is “he who has ears should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” In other words, the most important thing we can do is to listen to God.

Have a great day!
Mark.

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