Within the first few chapters of the book of Revelation we see a series of letters which were written to seven notable churches of the day. The content of these letters was spoken directly by Jesus and they provide some interesting insights into the spiritual issues of the church at that time. Interestingly enough, the messages are still very applicable to the modern church and serve as the basis for the following 10 warnings:
10 Warnings to the Church
1. Never depart from your love of Jesus
(Revelation 2:4) – Jesus told us in John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” This simply means to continue in obedience of him and in doing so you will accomplish all of Jesus’ plans for your life.
2. Do not fear what you may suffer
(Revelation 2:10) – Obedience will almost always cost you something. It may cost you your friendships, your reputation, your comfort, or much more, but in the end, your obedience is all that you have to give to God. If you have to suffer for your obedience, it is a small price to pay for a very great reward.
3. Be sure the teaching is Biblically sound
(Revelation 2:14-15) – Be very careful to not abuse scripture by twisting it to support your own agenda because doing so will result in tragedy for both the teacher and the casual hearer of maligned doctrines.
4. Guard against false teachers
(Revelation 2:20) – God will destroy those who purposefully malign his truths, but we need to take care to not follow after these ministers of Satan posing as Jesus’ own. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom, so be sure to take advantage of it.
5. Keep a clear heart and mind
(Revelation 2:23) – God searches our hearts and minds and knows everything, so take care to be pure in your thoughts and desires.
6. Don’t get caught up in the hype
(Revelation 3:1) – Sometimes churches do a great job of promoting themselves and they may have a reputation for being all about Jesus, but God doesn’t measure us by our marketing hype. So be real; the truth will come out.
7. Stay humble
(Revelation 3:9) – All too often we see God do a great work, but then man’s pride starts getting in the way and it all falls apart. Give credit where credit is due; God alone does the work.
8. Remember Jesus hates religion
(Revelation 3:15-16) – Religion diffuses your passion for Jesus and if you are not careful, you could end up becoming lukewarm vomit from his mouth. Throw away the religion and cling to the real.
9. Take an honest assessment of your own spiritual development
(Revelation 3:17-18) – God already knows everything about you, so be sure to regularly assess your own spiritual growth in the light of his Holy Spirit and take action according to what you discover.
10. Endure to the end
(Revelation 2:7, 2:10-11, 2:17, 2:26, 3:5, 3:12, 3:21) – It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. Be sure to finish strong for Jesus because He will never disappoint!