Church of Jesus EM

Sun, Jul 10, 2011

Do The First Works

Do the First Works 
(Rev 2:1-7) 

God is sincere. 
He bears children through the word of truth(Jas 1:18) and 
With sincerity, He loves men(Hos 2:19-20). 

Faith is receiving this as-is and 
The life of this faith is sincerely loving Him and loving Him more. 

Men have no sincerity in them. 
But the most sincere relationship among men is that between parent and child. 
Yet it begins with flesh and ends with flesh. 

The love of God, however, is eternal(Eph 1:3-6) for 
His love was decided before creation, and 
It will last forever even after this world fades away. 

God replacing Adam’s covering of fig leaves with 
Garment of skin after he sinned and 
Placing a flaming sword to keep him away from the tree of life was 
expression of God’s love(Ge 3:22-24). 

The Law was a thornbush to 
Wall the Israelites in so they would not serve other gods(Hos 1:5-11). 
It commanded them to love the Lord God alone(Dt 6:4-15) for 
He who is a jealous God loves with sincerity. 

The Israelites loved the sanctuary(Ps 26:8, Ps 84:1) where 
The tablets that reminded them this were inside the Ark. 

Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days”(Jn 2:19-21), because 
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body, 
He would show the sincere love of God for all men(Jn 3:16; 1Jn 4:9-10) for 
He is the Only Begotten Son who came from the Father(Jn 1:14), 
The Father’s beloved(Mt 3:17; Jn 15:9, Jn 17:24) given to men. 

As He died, Jesus said, “It is finished”(Jn 19:30), declaring that He: 
1. Confirmed the sincere love of the Father who gave all things to the Son(Jn 17:24; He 1:2); 
2. Condemned the devil who caused man to doubt God’s love(1Jn 3:8); and 
3. Died in place of men as an atoning sacrifice and redeemed their sins with His blood(Lk 7:47; 1Jn 4:8-10). 
The Father raised Him up and Jesus ascended to 
The Kingdom of the Son He loves and sat on the throne(Col 1:13). 

The Holy Spirit came in the name Jesus and 
Pours out the love of God on to the hearts of those who believe Him 
So that they would sincerely love Him(Rm 5:5). 

The people under the Law know 
The Creator God through all things(Rm 1:20) and 
Fear Him for His power. 

The people under grace, however, know 
The Redeemer God through the Son(1Pe 1:18-19) and 
Love Him for they know that He suffered and died because of their sins(Lk 7:47). 

Therefore, the people of the Spirit are those who 
Here only the name Jesus, the gospel, His works etc and they: 
1. Madly love the Lord; 
2. Truly love the church; 
3. Passionately love souls; and 
4. Sincerely love their given duties. 
The Holy Spirit warns to churches today(Rev 2:1-5) that 
Those who have the appearance of 
Perfectly carrying out their duties with zeal like Pharisees 
Must repent and restore their first love, their first works. 
Otherwise, He would remove their lampstand, i.e., spiritual inspiration. 

O Lord, 
I repent for expecting and rejoicing over things 
Other than Your name, the gospel, Your works… 
Lord, help to be return to first love and do first works. 
Lord, I am amazed by You alone! Amen. 
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