When Christ speaks, we are to listen. In an age where we don’t think much about authority and we overvalue human autonomy, we would do well to remember that. Revelation 2:1 says,
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. – Revelation 2:1
Here begins the letters from Jesus to the seven churches, which we shared in a previous bleat are representative of the church universal. And first, he writes to the church in the city of Ephesus, a metropolitan city, full of idolatry and sin.
Notice there the words, “the words“. This is the authoritative tool of the Savior. The words need no qualification. What He speaks is gospel, as the old saying goes. What He speaks is true and authoritative.
And these words are “of Him who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands“. In chapter 1, the Savior is seen in the midst of the seven golden lampstands and holding the seven stars in His right hand. (The lampstands are the churches and the stars are the angels/messengers of those churches.) Here, we see stronger language. Here, the word translated “holds” is stronger than the word translated “held” in chapter 1. This one is more of a firm hold, like when Jesus says that no one can take His sheep from His grasp.
And where He may have been standing in the midst of the lampstands in chapter 1, here it says He is walking. Walking in activity. Active involvement among His lampstands. Jesus is not merely watching from afar like a lifeguard. He swims in the pool as an instructor.
So, when He speaks, we listen. We listen attentively. We listen humbly. And when we say, “speaks”, here, we mean from the Bible, the complete and perfect revelation, the one that is living and active, through which He speaks authoritatively.
So, when we read the Bible, we listen. When someone preaches from it faithfully, we listen. When the Holy Spirit brings to mind a passage we know well, we listen. For it’s not mere words. It is the words of Him who grasps the seven stars and who walks among the lampstands.