“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;” Revelation 2:1
Friends, grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and sit a spell; we are going to be in the Seven Letters to Seven churches for a bit. I keep finding as I study for this that there is far more detail and so many rabbit trails to chase, that we may never get done. So, we are going to take things really slow. We won’t be too long on any particular section, as I know most people’s blogging attention span short, and nobody really tends to read 2000 words. I know I tend not to unless I am just totally captured; since I don’t suspect I will totally capture anybody, short and hopefully sweet is the order of the day. So, we’ll just poke around verse by verse, see where things go and hopefully learn a thing or two together.
Today let’s talk some more about the authority behind these letters; I know we have covered that some, but repetition is not always bad.
These letters were written by Jesus Himself. That’s just pretty awesome. Of course, I believe that every word and every jot and tittle of Scripture was inspired by God; He delivered them to each and every writer throughout the ages. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. I’m good with that, just as written, that being a reference to the completed Canon of Scripture. I’m really not that interested in debating those who would limit that to parts of Scripture; go find somebody who wants to and have at it, I suppose.
God inspired many to write different parts of Scripture. The Epistles of the New Testament, in particular, are God’s direct communication by way of some writer, to a particular group of people.
These letters are different, and they are different by reason of the author Himself. Each of these letters begins with something like: “Unto_____________, write.” These are the words of our Lord Himself to His churches.
I know there are those who tend to minimize those parts of Scripture that are not the direct words of Jesus Himself; we love those red letters, as we should. Friends, they may not be in red, but these are also the direct words of the Lord Jesus to us.