“These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” Notice something. You notice we had the full description of Christ by John. We had Christ describing Himself in this passage and now we have a little cutout of Christ, says “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write, unto the pastor, that’s who He’s talking to, not some ethereal or some celestial being. It’s “Unto the pastor of the church of Ephesus write, Jesus speaking   it’s to the Church from Jesus, if you want to just simplify it   walking “in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” I like this, Jesus in the midst of the Church. He never stopped being, by the way, in the midst of the church. He’s still in the midst of the Church right now. “I know thy works, erga. Sorry, you can’t cloak it.

I’m going to, we’re going to pick at this for a while. I may not get to everything I want to say but we, we made it out of the 1st chapter, that’s pretty good! Making good time in here. “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy”   it says ‘patience; it should be ‘endurance.’ Now listen carefully, how many of you have this, are open at this page? Show me your hands. Not all of you are open at this page, then. Okay, let me read what it says. “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast endured, and so on and so on.

Now let me tell you, if we were reading it for today’s Church not this Church, but today’s Church world   it would say “I know your coffee shops, and your vitamins, and your millionaire for Jesus schemes.” That’s what’s wrong! Remember, Jesus before He was crucified, He warned the disciples. Paul fought the same thing: many tangental, many false voices. Now, not speaking to you folks who are here, but anybody listening out there, I’m going to challenge you to challenge me on anything I’m saying because it’s straight from the Bible.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we have our eyes fixed, people live on this premise, “The breath of eternity’s upon us. Awh, come on now! Let’s go out and do something   forget about the Church! Oh, the breath of eternity’s upon us all, but it’s somebody else’s problem.”