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"...you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for my name's sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love." -Revelation 2:3-4
The first archetype Christ addresses while instructing the churches in Revelation is a "doing" church. He sees their work and perseverance but identifies that their focus has shifted over time from Him to the work of their hands. Christ instructs them to return to their first works - their first love - because no matter how righteous our works are, or how noble the cause, they should never substitute our relationship with Jesus Christ. This rebuke is certainly cutting to the church of our day where many have left their first love, Christ, and become enamored by the labor itself.
"And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last." -Revelation 1:17
Much has been said about the proper reverence we must have for God as our heavenly Father. We know the necessity of a properly held fear of the Lord, that is very similar to the respect we demonstrate towards our earthly parents. But in our reverence toward God there is no terror. Let's not forget that the third person of our God is the Comforter. So He, the comforter - parakletos - is present with John in the midst of his very real, albeit momentary, fear. He extends the right hand of blessing and implores, "do not be afraid." The remainder of Christ's exhortation, "I am the first and the last," demolishes any fear held in our finite existence. We are blessed by the almighty, eternal God who urges us to find peace in HIS everlasting nature.
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." -Revelation 1:8
This statement ought to be the center of examination for those seeking to know God's character, the core of His being. When we wonder in our hearts, "who are you God?" - we find more than we asked for in this answer. The fulness of God's person is bound up in each distinct thought. Spend some time one each thought - the beginning...the end. Truly the profound vastness of God's person may escape us altogether. In this, our own authority and power are rightfully displaced to give way to the majesty and universality of God in the person of Christ who proclaims, "I am..."
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.