2. Seven Churches Revelation 2 and 3
Revelation chapters 2 and 3
Having seen that our God is loving, wise and compassionate, we can now be shown the true nature of our inner character. The apostle John is told to write down what he sees and send it to the seven churches. These show a range of good and bad ways in which different people interpret and live out their Christian beliefs. All but Philadelphia and Laodicea describe a mixture of both admirable and self-centred behaviour. We are commended where there is faithfulness and steadfastness, admonished where we fall short. We are strongly advised to examine ourselves and change our ways.
The Lord's purpose in leading us this way is so that the tension caused by conflict between good and evil within us can be resolved by the removal of evil. This leaves us in a state of peace and joy.
"Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."
(chapter 1 verse 11)