Revelation 1-11

"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

Revelation 3:15-16, NIV

 

In Revelation chapters two and three, Jesus has a message to the churches in seven different cities in Asia. Although Revelation is a book of prophesy and therefore difficult if not impossible for us to completely understand, His basic message to the church is not that difficult: He knows our deeds!

 

Have you ever done something that you knew was wrong and didn't get caught, but lived in mortal terror of being discovered? I suppose we all have sins in our past that we would hate for others to find out about, but this is essentially what Jesus is revealing to the churches in Asia: I know your deeds!

 

Yet part of the beauty of this statement is in the fact that He already knows what we have done... and He still loves us!

 

And He gives us an opportunity to repent and have these sins removed from our records! That means there will be no punishment for even those terrible sins that we wince at just the thought of - though they may have been committed years and years ago! Jesus knows and God knows, yet they are willing to forgive.

 

But, they have conditions! We can read about those conditions in the 2nd and third chapters of Revelation. 

 

We can also read about how Jesus knows about our good deeds! Isn't God good! Aren't you glad you are reading about His love?

 

"I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first."

Revelation 2:19, NIV

 

Today is day 29 of the Thirty Day Bible challenge. Today's reading is the first eleven chapters of Revelation. Much of the book of Revelation is prophesy and you will not understand it all. No one does except God and Christ. Don't worry so much about the fact that you don't understand every word contained in these difficult prophesies - God will reveal it when it is His time to do so. Instead, concentrate on the things you can know. Look at the similarities between Christ's church in the 1st century and the 21st century: Their struggles and problems are the same as ours today - and they were given the chance to overcome their obstacles. So are we!