“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 out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelations 2:5)
What will happen if the candlestick is removed from the temple of the Lord – meaning that it is removed from your heart?
If the light of the candlestick is not there, then evil things (evil people and false doctrines) can be sneaked in, and you will not discern it!
“No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.” (Luke 8:16-18)
It may seem like Jesus is your first love, but if not: “…and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Except you repent of not keeping Jesus as your first love, your vision and understanding concerning Jesus, and his one true church, will become darkened! People with works of darkness and tainted teachings will become part of your understanding of “Jesus” and “church”.
“My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.” (Proverbs 6:20-26)
A false evil woman (a false bride of Christ – a false church condition) can sneak in corrupt bread (a corrupted bread of life, a corrupted communion supper) if you don’t have the light of the candlestick to clearly see by! Important: this is why, in later church ages, we will see false worshipers start to sneak in (see Revelations 2:9) and we will see the evil woman, who claims to be the church, deceiving souls (see Revelations 2:20).
Without light, we cannot discern who is right and who is wrong: so we will not be able to discern who we should have true fellowship with, and who we shouldn’t!
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)
When we are not true and faithful to our first love, we are not able to see because our spiritual eyes become dim.
“The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.” (Lamentations 5:16-17)