“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first work…”Rev. 2:5.
“…from whence thou art fallen…
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off,
and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” 2Peter 1:3-9.
It’s time to remember what it cost our Savior to purge us from our old sins and from the corruption of this world to make us partakers of the divine nature abounding in it.
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot…
Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…
Hereby perceive we the love of God because he laid down his life for us…
We love him, because he first loved us.” (Rev. 1:5; 1Peter 1:19; 1John 3:1,16; 4:19.).
Meditate on the love the Father has for you that He would send His Son, His only begotten Son to take your death, God’s wrath poured out upon Himself for you.
Read the crucifixion story from all four Gospels and experience anew the love of God in your heart. As you read, remember the love of Christ Jesus that brought you to the foot of the cross in the first place. Kneel at His cross once again and let Him examine your heart. This is where we first knew His love for us. It will be the place we find it again. Let your love be revived.
And if we should choose to ignore what the Spirit is saying? We are told, “…or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Rev. 2:5.
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:19-21.
If we are in danger of forsaking our love for Christ as individuals or as a gathered body of believers, hope is born upon return to the love we left. This love withholds nothing from Him who loved us, and begins again to do what we do out of a heart completely sold out to Him in love, completely sold out to Him in character, completely sold out to Him in our thinking and in our strength. Let’s remember, repent and return. May our flame of passion for the Lord never burn out.
What comes to your mind when you read of the crucifixion of our Lord?