III. ``The Things Which Are'' --
The Seven Local Churches
A. The Church in Ephesus --
The Church at the Close of the Initial Stage
1 1To the messenger of the church in 2aEphesus write: These things says 3He who 4holds the bseven stars in His right hand, He who 4walks in the cmidst of the dseven golden lampstands:
2 I aknow your bworks and your labor and your cendurance and that you cannot bear evil men; and you have dtried those who call themselves eapostles and are not, and have found them to be false;
3 And you have endurance and have borne all things because of My aname and have not grown weary.
4 But I have one thing aagainst you, that you have left your 1first 2blove.
5 aRemember therefore where you have fallen from and brepent and do the first works; but if not, I am ccoming to you and will 1remove your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent.
6 But this you have, that you hate the works of the 1aNicolaitans, which I also bhate.
7 He who has an 1aear, let him hear what the 2bSpirit says to the 3churches. To him who 4covercomes, to him I will give to 5deat of the 6etree of life, which is in the 7fParadise of God.