Posted by: Barbara Wilbur for ElysJoy Church | January 22, 2014

The Perfection of Scripture – The Church at Ephesus Revelation Chapter 2

ImageWhen I study any passage in the Bible, I am always amazed how perfectly it fulfills and never contradicts other passages.  66 books written by 44 different people always expound on meaning and fullness of each verse.  

As we walk through Revelation in our Bible study we will focus on how one knits perfectly to another written long ago.  We start with the description of Jesus from John and how each church letter includes one of these descriptions that perfectly enhance the warning, instruction or commendation by Jesus of that particular church.  

Revelation is also a perfect example of the blending and merging of the Old Testament with the New Testament which should remind us that Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it!  Mathew 5:17

Church at Ephesus:

Description of Jesus:

The one who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the one who walks among the seven golden lampstands Rev 1:13

Instruction/Warning/Reward:

Warning:  I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place unless you repent. Rev 2:5

Tie in:

We learn in the description of Jesus that “He walks among the lampstands” and if they don’t repent (remember they lost their first love) He will no longer walk among them.  I believe this is the worst possible punishment a believer could face!

Old Testament and New Testament connection

I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the paradise of God. Rev 2:7

The tree of life is from Genesis Chapter 2 verse 9 in the middle of the garden of Eden.  The phrase “Paradise of God”  is only used here in Revelation 2:7.  (if someone else knows of this please let me know!) If we narrow the search to just “paradise” and include most Bible translations, we get a wider list of verses that include the word “paradise”.   Two key ones for me are :  Luke 23:43 as the words of Jesus to the thief on the cross to describe they he will be going.   and again by Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:4 as a description of the place he is seeing in his vision.  I encourage you to scan the entire list to see how these words of Jesus to John blend the entire Bible together!  (click on the link here “list of verses” or above in the last paragraph) 

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