Christ’s message to the Ephesian church teaches believers today to maintain the priority of exemplifying Christian love. In this passage, we find Christ assessing the church’s strengths and weaknesses. As a result, He provides a call to repent lest He bring judgment. Heeding to His call brings life to the church and the success of the Gospel.
Revelation 2-3 provides Christ’s evaluation of seven real life churches from the 1st century. These churches share many commonalities of modern-day churches, including our own. While Revelation is a difficult book to study, we will consider four compelling reasons to study Revelation 2-3 over the course of the next seven weeks.
1 Peter 2:9-10
This passage provides Christians with a five-fold description of a believer’s trust in God. It displays true values of Christians before a holy and sovereign God. These characteristics are provided as contrasts between the wicked and the righteous, the sanctified and unsanctified.
This passage teaches readers that godly wisdom is beneficial in the public square. Despite what many may think, applying godly wisdom to the world is useful in the highest parts of society. This passage teaches us that godly wisdom is beneficial when dealing with authorities. Godly wisdom, in the face of authority, will manifest in four ways.
The entire passage is about pursuing the rare prize of wisdom. The rarity of wisdom exposes our human weaknesses and vulnerability to sinfulness. It is for this reason that we can see several obstacles in the Christian’s search for wisdom.
This passage teaches Christians about having biblical expectations about life and godliness. We must realize that a disproportionate view of life is unbiblical; therefore, we must set our standard and expectations to God’s in order to get the most out of life.