(15th article on the “Seven Churches of Asia Minor” — Revelation 2-3)
Let’s consider the Lord’s response to some of the more foolish statements heard around church from time to time.
There are those who say….
One. “Love does not matter. Obedience is everything. Love is syrupy and weakness. Sentimentality! Show me your deeds.”
The letter to the church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) proves them wrong. Without love, no amount of good works is enough. Reference the opening of I Corinthians 13.
“Love one another,” says our Lord to the Ephesian church, “or I will pull the plug on you. Cut off your life support. Cancel your franchise.” Remove the lampstand.
God is love.
Two. There are those who say “God will not let His faithful ones suffer. If there is pain or suffering, someone is being disobedient.”
The letter to the church at Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) proves them wrong. He knows, He sees, He cares–and still He allows it. God has His purposes.