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Honest Encouragement [2-13-22]

We are now focused on the seven letters to the seven churches. Remember, these are letters from Jesus, through John, to churches comprised of many second generation believers.

Two of the seven churches get nothing but encouragement and praise from Jesus. One of the churches gets only correction and no praise at all. But the other four churches get mixed reviews. Jesus approves of some things and he disapproves of others. I sometimes think if my life were to be captured by one of these letters, it would one of these four churches.

All seven letters are filled with grace and mercy, pleading with the churches to wake up. One thing to keep in mind is that even with the two most positive letters, no church is perfect. Shocking, right? But some of these churches are so messed up, their very existence is threatened.

Before we get to the first letter, let's briefly revisit the context. Revelation

1:7 says:

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.