These seven letters also speak to us in our own churches. In Ephesus, their loveless behavior needed correction, yet they had persevered for the name of Christ.

BibleGateway: Revelation 2:1-7

ESV Text: Revelation 2:1-7

Revelation 2:1-7 (Listen)

To the Church in Ephesus

2:1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’ (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     1 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; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 32:
Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Redeemed, restored, forgiven, 
Through Jesus’ precious blood, 
Heirs of His home in heaven, 
Oh, praise our pardoning God! 
Praise Him in tuneful measures 
Who gave His Son to die; 
Praise Him whose sevenfold treasures 
Enrich and sanctify. 

2. Once on the dreary mountain 
We wandered far and wide, 
Far from the cleansing fountain, 
Far from the pierced side; 
But Jesus sought and found us 
And washed our guilt away; 
With cords of love He bound us 
To be His own for aye. 

3. Dear Master, Thine the glory 
Of each recovered soul. 
Ah! who can tell the story 
Of love that made us whole? 
Not ours, not ours, the merit; 
Be thine alone the praise 
And ours a thankful spirit 
To serve Thee all our days. 

4. Now keep us, holy Savior, 
In Thy true love and fear 
And grant us of Thy favor 
The grace to persevere 
Till, in Thy new creation, 
Earth’s time-long travail o’er, 
We find our full salvation 
And praise Thee evermore. 


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