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“Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands…”

 

Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me.

John heard a voice behind him and turned to see who it was that spoke to him.

And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands

The first thing John saw was “seven golden lampstands.” Evidently, there were seven individual lampstands rather than one lampstand with seven lamps, as in the temple in Jerusalem.

Verse 20 interprets the symbols of “lampstands” as churches (Re 1:20). The lampstands may refer to the light of truth these churches cast upon both non-Christians and Christians. God designed churches to be truth-oriented. They are not the light; they only carry the light. Thus, churches reflect the glory of God.

“Golden” may refer to the value these churches hold in the eyes of Jesus. They are precious to Him.

Principle:

The purpose of the church is to glorify the Lord Jesus to the world.

Application:

The picture is the Lord standing in the midst of churches, judging them for their aberrance. Lamps are for the dark. If churches cast darkness, they lose their purpose. The purpose of a local church is to shine forth God’s truth (Php 2:15). 

Churches are not the light; they only carry the light (Matthew 5:14). Jesus is the light of the world. Darkness will continue until Jesus comes. We need to remember that the church’s programs are not the light. If churches teach the Word, they shine the light of God, who is Jesus the Lord.

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