This is something I’ve been wanting to jot down for a while — since watching a webcast from the ICSC. There’s a common thread in John’s writing to the messenger of each of the 7 churches in Revelation 2-3, and it’s not just the call to overcome. I can’t quite remember how the brother described it, but just take a read for yourself..
To the messenger of the church in Ephesus:
“Remember therefore where you have fallen from and repent and do the first works” (2:5)
“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (2:10)
“In the same way you also have some who hold in like manner the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore…” (2:15-16a)
“Nevertheless what you have hold fast until I come. And he who overcomes and he who keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations” (2:25-26)
“Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and keep it and repent.” (3:3)
“Because you have kept the word of My endurance…hold fast what you have that no one take your crown.” (3:10-11)
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. …be zealous therefore and repent.” (3:15, 19b)
The call is to hold to what we already have, to repent and return to where we already were. The entire Bible has already been opened to us. The high peak of the divine revelation is already all there in the ministry. The God-ordained way has already been set before us. The only need today is to intensify. It’s not he who has a new interpretation, a higher vision, a better way of doing things who overcomes — it’s he who holds fast and keeps until the end. In a sense, we’re all in a position to overcome. It’s just a question of who will last.