What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Our Lord Jesus Christ gives a somber warning to a church; He commands that they repent... or else!... “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” What is the horrid act that they are guilty of? What dastardly deed did this church do for our Lord to threaten to take out their light... quickly? It is less than you'd think. Listed after all their noble faithfulness, it is simply this, “Thou hast left thy first love.” I don't know what “Christians” are fighting and fussing about in your church, but I know the cause.
When one is first converted, born-again, saved from sin, there are some notable “first loves.” “If ye love me, keep my commandments.... If a man love me, he will keep my words... my sayings and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.... O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.... I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love” (John 14:15,23,24, Psalm 119:97,113). In this day of modernist, ecumenical, unbelieving translators, you'll need a love of the careful exactness found in the King's English as well. “I” is the nominative, 1st person, singular, “me” the objective, as “thou” is the nominative, 2nd person, singular, “thee” the objective. “Me think you-all can learn this, it was easy for I.” Let's just grow up a little.
Jesus also said, “We love the brethren... love one another... He that loveth his brother abideth in the light,... Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God” (1John 2-4). Love the church. Love giving. Remember your first love,... or repent.
An Essay for week #13 Mar 31, 2019
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