|Revelation 2:3-5 |
3 And have persevered, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and have not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have something against you: you have left your first love.1
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of its place — unless you repent.2
2 Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of its place — unless you repent. Without their repentance Jesus threatens to come quickly, (apparently more quickly than if they stayed obedient until He appears to bring salvation and eternal life), and remove their candlestick — the light within them or even to terminate their life, which occurred to disobedient early Quakers who had an advanced spiritual state and was described as being struck down or more frequently, cut-off, (from the cord of life). These believers had progressed far enough to have had his light dawn in their hearts, but then they returned to sin. This shows how His coming is an individual experience. Jesus makes a similar threat in verse 16 above, and Peter tells us while waiting on God, we can hasten the coming of the day of Christ, 2 Peter 3:12, which clearly shows that the timing of His coming varies by an individual believer's progress. This verse is more substantiation that the coming of Jesus in an individual experience of the purified believer, having believed what he heard the Lord command him to do, having obeyed it, having sought to hear more commands of the Lord by waiting on Him, and having done all with persistence, patience, and endurance to the end.