1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.
The seven stars are angels who are under Christ’s authority and who are sent to the churches. “his Right hand” means great power as seen in Isaiah 41:10
2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
The Ephesians knew their theology, they tested with the Word of God those who claimed to be Christians and were found to be wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Word of God gave the Ephesians the strength to persevere through turbulence time.
3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
They were very faithful to the Lord in their time of trials instead of denying Jesus and they found strength in God’s Word.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
The church had good theology but their love for their brothers and sisters in Christ had grown cold. The church was earlier commended by paul for that love in Ephesians 1:15-16 which says, 15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
That tells you that to know the Bible very well is not enough in God’s eyes but must love the true believers in Christ through support like financially, emotionally and anything else that one can show love. Love is displayed through action.
If a person claims to be a Christian but denies any salvific doctrine, he/she is a false teacher. If a brother has minor differences which are not considered a salvific issue, then we must show support. If we love our brothers and sisters it will show that we truly love the Lord as seen in 1 John 4:20 which says, Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
Before the Lord brings disciplinary action He warns us. Repentance is a vital practice for a Christian because it shows that we are aware when we fall into sin and want to fix it immediately. The longer we take to repent, the more our hearts grows cold. The phrase “I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” means that if a church continues in sin without repenting, God will remove it since it’s not useful anymore to Him and scatter its members to a different one that’s obedient to Him by producing fruits but the unrepentant church will be no more.