“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Lk.13:3).
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Chr-
ist for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of re-
freshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
“Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart
may be forgiven thee” (Acts 8:22).
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to
repent” (Acts 17:30).
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my
face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and
will heal their land” (2 Chron.7:14).
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto
the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”
3. Third, do the first works that you did.
g159 Begin now to flicker your mind to Christ and to take just a moment to pray. Do this all day long every so
often. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will direct your paths (Pr.3:6).
g159 Take set times to get alone with Christ and study His Word and pray (2 Tim.2:15; 3:16; Eph.6:18).
g159 Begin to walk just as Christ would walk if He were walking by your side—step by step and hour by hour. Do
this from the moment you awaken in the morning to the moment you go to sleep at night.
(2:5-6) Warning: there is the warning. Christ warns the church that loses its love for Him. The warning is twofold.
1. There is the warning that Christ will remove the church (the candlestick) from its place. What does this mean? It
means that Christ will remove the church...
• from being a true church.
• from being a true representative of Christ upon earth.
• from being a church of God’s true kingdom.
• from being in touch and in union with God.
• from being a true light and witness to the world.
• from being a church of the gospel of God.
• from His presence, from the light of His presence.
This is a terrible judgment. Just how terrible can be seen by looking at the opposite of the above. If a church has been re-
moved by Christ then it means that the church...
• is not a true church; it is a false church.
• is not a part of God’s kingdom; it is a part of the world’s kingdom.
• is not in touch and union with Christ; it is only in touch and union with the world.
• is not a true light and witness to the world; it is a false light and witness to the world.
• is not in the presence of Christ and His light; it is in the darkness of this world.
• is not a church of the gospel; it is a church with a false gospel.
Thought 1. How many churches have been removed by Christ? How many churches...
• are lifeless?
• are dull?
• are mechanical?
• are nothing more than form?
• lack the presence of Christ in the services?
• lack the light and witness of Christ and His power?
2. There is warning that doctrinal purity is not enough. This warning is going to be shattering to some when Christ re-
turns. Why? Because many are doctrinally sound, but they have lost their first love for Christ. Note how doctrinally sound the
Ephesian believers were.
They had stood ever so strongly against the Nicolaitans. Just who the Nicolaitans were is not known. It is thought that they
stressed two things:
g159 that Christ had done away with the law of the Old Testament and had instituted the law of Christian liberty.
g159 that the soul and spirit of man was far more important than his body.
The results of this doctrine are clearly seen. If there is no law to govern us, then we can do what we like just so we profess
to believe in Christ. And if the spirit is what really matters, then I can do what I like with my body just so I take care of my
g159 Think how many people feel that they can live like they want just so they attend and support the church. If
they attend church, they feel they can live like they want during the week.
g159 Think how many people believe they are eternally secure because they believe in Christ, have been
baptized, and belong to a church. Yet, they live like they want during the week. They continue to seek the
pleasures and possessions of the world, banking and hoarding and neglecting the spread of the gospel and a
world of desperate needs. There is no evidence whatsoever of repentance and of a changed and holy life—
no evidence of self-denial, of the sacrifice of all one is and has.
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