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New American Standard Version of the Bible'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5'Remember therefore 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. Revelation 2:4-5 (NAS)

They Left Their First Love:

The church in Ephesus had "left its first love."  What was their first love?  The text doesn't say. The apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians many years earlier and spoke to them of love.  He concluded the letter with these words:

New American Standard Version of the Bible"Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible."  Ephesians 6:23-24 (NAS)

Had the Ephesians love for Christ gone cold...had it become corrupted?  Had they left their love for Christ? Again, the text doesn't say.

Jesus spoke about a first and greatest command:

New American Standard Version of the Bible"And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the great and first commandment."  Matthew 22:37-38  (ASV)

If you do not repent:

In Revelation 2:5 above, Jesus warns them that, if they do not repent from this, He would "remove your lampstand out of its place..."

Even in the midst of the persecution that these Christians were facing...Jesus still expects those in His church to remain faithful to their first love and to do the deeds that Jesus commands of all of His followers.

As in Chapter 1, the instructions that Jesus gives to His bond-servants (Christians) in the Revelation are added below:

To the Christians
(to those in Jesus' church...the bride of Christ):

Who do what:

Jesus Promises:


Who read, hear and heed the words of this prophecy. He will be blessed. Revelation 1:3
Change your hearts and do the things you did at first. If you don't change, I will come to you. I will take away your lampstand from its place. Revelation 2:5

Is the greatest and first commandment in your life to love the Lord?  

New American Standard Version of the Bible"Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near."  Revelation 1:3  (NAS)

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