7 Letters

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7 Letters The fact that Revelation is written to real congregations of Christians places the book squarely in the real world of human beings. The letters were written to seven churches that existed at a particular time in history. Real people with strengths and problems like our own made up their congregations. These are letters, not prophecies of the future. Each of the seven letters begins with Jesus speaking to members of his church. One of several attributes of his majesty, given in the first chapter, is repeated and placed at the heading of each letter. The descriptive phrase chosen from the vision is appropriate to each specific church. When such phrases run out, other pertinent statements regarding Christ’s attributes are used. The letters respectively commend the churches for their strong spiritual works and reprimand them about their specific spiritual problems. Forceful warnings to repent are given to those who are spiritually weak, along with encouragement to persevere in the faith. The letters also contain promises to those who
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Unformatted text preview: overcome – promises of great assurance about their eternal life in the kingdom of God. These promises are given in symbolic terms. Each letter concludes with the same statement: "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. .." (2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). The word here is "churches," in the plural. This implies that the words written to each congregation are meant to apply to all seven churches. This means that the seven individual church messages were meant for all the congregations in Asia of John’s day – and, by extension, for the entire church of the time. We could also infer that the spiritual condition of these seven congregations is characteristic of every group of Christians during the last 1900 years. Certainly, God’s people in all ages should be concerned about the spiritual problems described in each of the letters and take assurance in the promise that the overcomers will inherit all things with their Savior, Jesus Christ....
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This note was uploaded on 07/20/2011 for the course REL 305 taught by Professor Null during the Spring '11 term at GWU.

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