1. Exposition

What were the works the Ephesians did at first?

Revelation 2:5 (ESV)

5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

Evidence of love for Christ exhibits itself in love for the brethren. John had himself written about this love in 1 John 3:16f. The Pentecost church showed this love clearly (Acts 2:41–47), as did the churches of Macedonia (2 Corinthians 8:1ff). This is the level of love to which every church needs to revert as Jesus trims the wick through his admonitions. It is this love for the brethren that makes a church shine in this world (Philippians 2:15).