… repent, and behave as you did at first, or else, if you will not repent, I shall come to you and take your lamp-stand from its place … those who prove victorious I will feed from the tree of life set in God’s paradise.
I looked at this reading as if it was about a relationship, and it seems sort of disfunctional to me. Love can’t be coerced, doesn’t respond to threats or bribes. This is a very different relationship than that shown in the story of the prodigal son, for instance. It’s hard for me to believe this reading is “inspired”, or if it is, that it is free from the writer’s ax grinding interpretations.