The Lampstands or the Light?
Jesus portrays the churches as lampstands. Why? The seven congregations, to which Jesus referred, are a part of the Christian Church; therefore, the letter to the churches applies to the entire Christianity. The Church is the body of Christ. Jesus Christ has one body; therefore, there is only one Church. Colossians 1:18, 24. Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. “‘I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.'” John 12:46, NKJV. Church, the body of Christ, must function as a lampstand from which the Light to the world would shine in the darkness. Congregations and members, within the body of Christ, should be a lampstand from which the Light to the world shines brightly. In this way, each congregation would illuminate its surroundings with Jesus Christ, the Light. If all the congregations were to be the lampstands from which the Light of the world shines, the combined Light would illuminate the entire world.
The Christian congregations, as lampstands, should not let their doctrines, teachings, and traditions, unique to them, shine to their surroundings. The world must see in Christians Jesus Christ, not a good Christian. Being an exemplary Christian, full of good deeds, must project Jesus Christ, not the good acts. “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5, NKJV. Therefore, each yielded believer must reflect this Light, so that the world would not have an excuse for remaining in darkness.
The book of Revelation presents Jesus Christ, the only worthy one, who accomplished on our behalf that which was for us impossible to do. Because of our sin in the garden of Eden, we lost the image of God. However, God, by the power of the Cross of Christ, has restored His image in us. If we trust Jesus Christ and accept His life, His death, and His resurrection as ours, no one and nothing could erase the image of God we have in Jesus Christ. This kind of Jesus Christ, the apostles, proclaimed. The first-century believers fell in love with such a wonderful Lord and Savior. He became the main subject of their preaching, teachings, and conversations.
Soon, however, the worries of life turned their attention from worthy Jesus Christ to their unworthy self. When well-meaning Christians begin to devise ways that will make them attractive to others, they resort to efforts, programs, and teachings that bring glory to them, not to Jesus Christ. Such Christians present teaching specific to them as the truth others must accept to qualify for heaven. This practice is the most dangerous snare that Satan places along the way of the Christian journey. Accordingly, Jesus calls on His Church to repent from self-centered ways.
Jesus knows His Church. Next blog.