Salvation is a gift from God that cannot be taken away. When a person is saved, he is always saved. Nothing can separate him from eternal life in Christ and he can live with full assurance of Heaven as his future home.
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
This is symbolic language. There are seven stars and seven candlesticks. The stars are the angels of the churches, and the candlesticks are lampstands that represent the light of the seven churches. The angels are not heavenly creatures with halos and wings and white robes. Angel is the Greek aggelos which is simply messenger.
Pastors are angels. They are messengers from God. It is my job to tell you the truth. The message I receive from God is not unique to me as if God spoke to me in a dream or gave me visions and I tell them to you. No, the only message I have from God is His word inscriptured in the pages of this Bible. The pastor must exalt Christ. If you idolize the pastor and he is the focus, the church is in trouble. The church is for Christ’s glory, not the pastor’s.
Another truth about angels—they are servants. They are messengers and they are servants. An angel will not take away from the glory of God. Do you know which angel did? Satan did—and I hate to say it this way, but the pompous pastor who demands the praise of people and bullies them into submission is more like Satan than one of God’s elect angels. We are servants, not lords of the people.
“These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks…”
This salutation stands good for each of the seven churches. The author of the letter, the Lord of the churches, holds the seven stars, the seven angels, and He walks in the midst of the candlesticks. (Excerpted from the sermon series, The Spirit Speaks to Seven Churches, by Pastor V. Mark Smith)