Love Like You Used To Love—Revelation 2:1-7

CHRIST’S PRESENCE (2:1)

 

Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 

 

There are several items in this verse that we must quickly go over before we get to the main thrust of the passage.

 

First item: what is “the angel of the church” that this letter is addressed to? We are not certain. It could be an angel, but why would Christ give John (the human author of Revelation) a message to give to an angel to give to a group of Christians in Ephesus? 

 

The Greek word for “angel” (angelos) basically means “messenger.” It is translated as “messenger” several times in the KJV (e.g., Matthew 11:10; 2 Corinthians 12:7). Perhaps then “the angel of the church” is the pastor of each of the churches—the one who brings the message of Christ to each local congregation. The problem with this view is that nowhere else in the Bible is a pastor called an angel (and there’s no need to start with calling me an angel!)

 

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