To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna

Revelation 2:1-17

Revelation 2:1-3

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Revelation 2:1-3

Patient in labour, but impatient of error, the Ephesian church occupied a high position. Would to God that all believers were in as good a condition as the Ephesians were.

Revelation 2:4

Not “lost” it, as some say, as if it were a misfortune and scarcely a fault; but left it, or departed from it. We ought to love Jesus better as we grow older and as we know more of him: to decline in love to him is to do him great dishonour.

Revelation 2:5-6

Probably these were men who preached up licentious freedom under the pretence of spirituality, like certain vicious sects in America. Uncleanness is very hateful to the Lord.

Revelation 2:7

The imagery of this first blessing is taken from Paradise; there was nothing in Eden which grace cannot restore to us.

Revelation 2:8, 9

This church was sorely persecuted, but remained faithful. It has been called “sweet-smelling Smyrna, the poorest and the purest of the seven.”

Revelation 2:11

They may die once, but not twice; they shall inherit life eternal.

Revelation 2:12, 13

This church was faithful to the name of Jesus, yet there were evils within it.

Revelation 2:14-16

Jesus will not tolerate filthiness in a church. He will sooner go to war with it than endure it.

Revelation 2:17

Dr. Cumming says, “This is equivalent to triumphant acquittal. This will appear from Acts 26, where Paul says, ‘I gave my voice against them;’ it is literally, ‘I gave my stone against them;’ that is, I put in the urn a black stone, denoting my vote for their condemnation. Our blessed Lord says, I will put in your urn a white stone; that is, I will pronounce you absolved at the judgment seat, justified and accepted in me.”

 

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