In Revelation 2:12-17 we read about a church that had confused tolerance with love, and therefore quit doing church as God intended. This church was doctrinally pure; but they had drifted into compromise. Jesus comes to call them back to the right path. In these verses, there is a word for our hearts today. There is the danger that we might hold the right doctrines, but still drift into compromise with the world around us.
The book of Revelation is a book that contains rich and confusing imagery while providing a beautiful vision of the vindication of the Lord. We are given glimpses of the redeemed worship around the throne, and gory depictions of the battles between good and evil. But we must be reminded, that in its original setting, Revelation was written to bring comfort to suffering Christians during the rule of Rome and its emperor. Early in the book, we read letters written to seven churches. In these letters, we are given glimpses of the church experience in the first century. What if Jesus wrote a letter to our church? What would he say to us? How would he label us? We will explore these questions by looking at the letters to the seven churches of Asia.