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Rev. 2:4-5

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by , September 19th, 2017 at 11:36 PM (140 Views)
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick (church) out of his place, except thou repent."
Our first love, by commandment, is the Lord our God. "Mark 12:29-30 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."
If you believe that we should give more glory and honor to Jesus instead of to God the Father, here are some of his teachings.
"John 6:38 For I (Jesus) came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him (God) that sent me."
"John 14:10 ----but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."
"John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear (from God), I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will but the will of the Father which hath sent me."
We should definitely honor the Son. He was given all the power of God when he ascended. He is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev.19:16). "Rev.5:12 ---Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." Which means our Lord Jesus now has all the power of God. So we should honor the Son but give the glory for all things to God our Father.
"John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." Jesus is telling us to always glorify God. He is saying that we should pray to God our Father in his name. Why? Because God is the source of all things. We live because of the breath of God in us.
"Gen.2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
"Job 34:14-15 If he (God) set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust."
Jesus refers to himself as a created being. "Rev. 3:14----These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God."
Our churches are giving us different doctrines to follow. Lord Jesus is telling us to love and glorify the Father and to pray to him in his name. Why in Jesus name? Because he died for us. He is our savior, our salvation, our redeemer, the one who bore our judgment for us. If we pray to God in his name, we will be heard.
"John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
The Catholic tradition is different. It teaches its followers to pray to Mary to ask her to pray to God for them. Many have difficulty understanding this teaching but it is not condemned in the Bible. "Luke 2:34-35 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed (through prayer)."
Some churches have their followers pray to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power of God. He does all that the Father and now also the Son send him to do. I don't recall any verses in the Bible where it instructs us to pray onto the Spirit of God for our needs. I remember one where David, who was destined to become the king of Israel, cried out to God. "Psalm 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me."
David knew that the power of God was absolute. Is it right for a church to teach their followers doctrines that aren't in the Bible? According to Rev. 2:4, it may not be safe.

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