To the Church in Ephesus
"To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
'These things says a He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, b who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
c "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And d you have tested those e who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
"and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have f not become weary.
"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
"Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, g or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place - unless you repent.
"But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
h "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give i to eat from j the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." '
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.
But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: "Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.
But now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith -
2 Corinthians 1:19
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us - by me, Silvanus, and Timothy - was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.
Which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth.
If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.
2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
Who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
2 Timothy 3:14
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.
2 Timothy 2:16
But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth.
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1 Corinthians 8:8
But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.