To the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things said he that holds the seven stars in his right hand…
I. THAT DIVINE REVELATIONS ARE GIVEN TO THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
1. They are revelations of the truth of God.
2. They are revelations of the condition and duty of the Church. They are practical in tendency. They are faithful. They are definite. They are plain. They are merciful.
3. These revelations are given by the Divine Spirit. He only can give men to see the beauty of truth and the beauty of holiness.
II. THAT DIVINE REVELATIONS SHOULD BE ATTENTIVELY HEEDED BY THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
1. The Church should seek to understand the revelations of God. These revelations of God are clear to the devout soul.
2. The Church should believe the revelations of God. They are precious. They are Divine. They contemplate important issues. They ought, therefore, to awaken the warm assent of the Church.
3. The Church should submit to the revelations of God. If these Asiatic Churches had meekly yielded to the messages sent to them, they would have averted the retribution that came upon them so woefully.
III. THAT DIVINE REVELATIONS ARE FREQUENTLY NEGLECTED BY THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Lessons:
1. That God speaks to the Church.
2. That the Church should cultivate its hearing faculty.
3. That the utility and destiny of the Church is dependent upon the heed it gives to the messages of God.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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;