Revelation 2:4 ‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
Have you left your first love?
Many people have had an encounter with Jesus. They can remember a time in their lives, maybe even a specific moment, when the grace of Jesus Christ became real to them in a way that it had not been before. Some of these people will happily describe this experience as having been “born again,” or as the time they were “saved.” However they describe it, it is memorable to them and precious to them.
When we’ve wandered from that first love, it’s time for us to be called back. Competing affections have blocked the single-minded devotion to Jesus which began our journey with Him. Idols came in and clouded our view (1 John 5:21).
One of the most common impediments to single-minded devotion to Christ is the intellectual idol called “the Trinity,” or the idea of “the triune God.” The very words are spoken in solemn tones as if the person talking knew what he was talking about. In such cases, these words of Paul become relevant:
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.
The Trinity is not the Jesus who was preached to you and which captured your heart. It came later, along with other religious and theological baggage which seemed scriptural but really wasn’t. These encumbrances (Hebrews 12:1-2) have weighed you down and sapped your love for Jesus, diverting it in other directions.
Return to your first love. As the prophet says:
Isaiah 31:6 Return to Him from whom you have deeply defected…
Let your first love be your last love. Do not let your love for Christ grow cold (Matthew 24:12), nor let it be parceled out to many lovers (Jeremiah 3:1).
Keep Jesus as the apple of your eye and you will do well (1 John 5:11-13; 2 John 1:9).
For more on keeping Christ as the apple of your eye, see:
There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.