READING: Revelation 2
Each of the messages to the seven churches in chapters 2–3 refers back to an aspect of John’s vision of the resurrected Christ and contains a command, a commendation and/or condemnation, a correction, and a challenge. The seven messages are tailored to the specific needs of these churches, and some expositors have also seen in them a relevance that goes beyond the first-century context. Others see them as portraying some of the general movements in the history of the Christian church.
The rewards for the people of God who “overcome” include eating of the tree of life, being unhurt by the second death, receiving a new name and the names of the Father and the Son, gaining the morning star, being clothed in white garments, and sitting with the Lord Jesus on His throne.
Lord, may I never leave my first love; when I am tempted to pursue lesser lovers, may I look to Jesus and return to Him.
Meditation passage: verses 7, 11, 17, 26–28