Revelation 2:6-7

The Revelation

Revelation 2:6-7 “But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

Jesus was speaking to the church at Ephesus and informed them that in the church there are practices to applaud and there are practices to hate. This passage is very clear that it was appropriate to hate the practices of the Nicolaitans. The Nicolaitans were a sect, promoting a religious teaching that mixed the world into the relationship with Jesus, saying you could live any way you wanted.

The Bible tells us that God is the judge and we will all someday stand before Him. He has given us His Word and Scripture outlines what is right and what is wrong. The Word of God is the tool that we use to determine whether or not certain practices are okay. It is not the desire of the person, the bent of a nation, the path of society. The benchmark is the Word of God.

The word hate is not used loosely. It is a very powerful Greek word. It means to abhor, find completely repulsive.

But let’s be clear, the Word does not say Jesus hated the Nicolaitans; it says He hated their practices.

When we come to Jesus, there are things we need to walk away from. We need to live a holy, separated life. The Nicolaitans were embracing heresy, immorality, and idolatry even though the Lord had said, “No”.

They were wrong and Jesus said He hated what they were doing, because He knows that sin ultimately destroys. He hates the sin, but loves the people.

So should we.

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