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Do We Tremble Or Have Great Joy Knowing God Knows All About Us?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:18 KJV

(18)  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “His eyes like unto a flame of fire”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:18 KJV

(18)  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

 

Our Lord knows all things.  Period.  End of sentence.

 

This basic principle is clearly shown to us in this letter to the church at Thyatira with the statement, “His eyes like unto a flame of fire”.   Nothing is darkened to His sight, nothing can hide in the darkness of the blackest of nights.  Our Lord’s eyes are like a flame of fire that “shines the light upon” all things revealing their true nature.   He has knowledge of all things.  There is no greater source of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Our Lord knows all things.  He knows our spiritual condition.  He knows our strengths and our weaknesses.  He knows our acts of service and our acts of sins.  He knows the motives that lie behind every outward action.  He knows our fears.  He knows our sufferings.  He knows our sorrows.  He knows our hurt feelings.  He knows our joys.  He knows the sources of our pride.  He knows our humility.   He knows what awaits us and what our history holds.  He knows the events of our childhood and their lasting effects on us.  He knows why we did what we did.  He knows us better than ourselves.

Our Lord knows all things.   He knows how to comfort us in our time of grief. He knows how to deliver us from every evil that may come upon us, He knows how to teach us His truths.  He knows how to “grow us” into strong Christians.  He knows how to give us the words to speak.  He knows how to lay burdens of service upon our hearts.  He knows how to love us when we are so unloveable. He knows how to forgive us when we do things that are unforgiveable.  He knows how to save us from our sins.  He knows how to prepare us for the troublesome times that are ahead.  He knows how to keep us eternally safe and secure.

Our Lord knows all things.

Psalms 139:1-6 KJV
(1)  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
(2)  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
(3)  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
(4)  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
(5)  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
(6)  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Our Lord knows all things.  Let us be sorrowful, mourn, and repent this day.  To the lost individual… His knowledge of all is a plague that constantly should weigh on your hearts.    He knows your sins, He knows the selfish motives of your mind, He knows your sin darkened heart.  He knows, and someday you will stand before Him covered in filthy robes of sin and rebellion.

Our Lord knows all things.  Let us be glad and rejoice this day.  To those who have been saved by His grace… His knowledge of all is a constant source of strength and peace in the midst of tribulation and distress.  He knows the pardon we have received.  He knows our struggles in His name.  He knows our acts of service.  He knows, and someday we will stand before Him covered in robes of Christ’s righteousness and purity.

 

For those of us who are saved… let us rejoice today… the Lord knows all things!  For those of us who have never been saved… let us turn from our sin to Christ, trusting in Him as our Lord and Savior… the Lord knows all things.

 May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Have You Received God’s “White Stone” of Aquittal?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:17 KJV – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

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Revelation 2:18-29:“Christ’s Letter To The Church At Thyatira”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 

The Letter To Thyatira…

Rev 2:18-29 KJV

(18)  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
(19)  I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
(20)  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
(21)  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
(22)  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
(23)  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
(24)  But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
(25)  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
(26)  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
(27)  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
(28)  And I will give him the morning star.
(29)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

From our previous lesson, we saw a very basic summary of the contents of these letters include:

Church Location Name Meaning Areas of Faithfulness Areas of Unfaithfulness Possible Punishment Reward To Overcomers (proof of genuine salvation)
Ephesus Desired or Allowed Many areas of faithful outward service.  Hate doctrine of Nicolaitanes. Left first love (Christ)Service not motivated by love for Christ. Removal of candlestick (church no longer enjoying fellowship w God) Eat of Tree of Life in Paradise
Smyrna Myrrh Spiritually rich N/A N/A Not hurt by second death
Pergamos Fortified Tower Faithfulness in face of persecution Allowing doctrine of Balaam andNicolaitans(physical and spiritual fornication) Will war against those who hold false teaching Be given hidden manna and white stone with new name
Thyatira Sacrifice, Offering, Corpse Works of love, service, faith, patience False Prophetess in midst. (sexual immorality and idol worship) Sickness, tribulation and death upon her and her followers. Be given power over the nations
Sardis Depart, Escape, Exit A few faithful areas of service remain. A few faithful members remain. Testimony that they are spiritually alive but really dead.  Their works not “perfect” before God. Will come upon them as a thief (implied removing anything of value leaving spiritually destitute) White garments.  Name not blotted out of book, confess his name before the Father
Philadelphia Love Of The Brethren Kept Word not denied name of Christ. Persevered in trials N/A N/A Permanent pillar in temple of God.  Name of God and New Jerusalem upon them. New name given to them
Laodicea Judgment Of The People N/A Lukewarm service.  Blinded to their spiritual destitution. Spew out of Lord’s mouth. Rebuking and chastening from Lord. Sit with Christ in throne.

Beginning in chapter 2 through chapter 3, John writes personalized messages to the 7 churches.  Each message contains four basic parts:

  1. Description of Christ
  2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences
  3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences
  4. Promise to Overcomers

The first of these personalized messages is written to the church at Pergamos.
1. Description of Christ (v 18)
2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences (v 19)
3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences (v 23-25)
4. Promise to Overcomers (v 26-29)

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 2: – 

(18)  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; 

The Lord, through the Apostle John, now addresses the church that was located in Thyatria.  Thyatira was a center for the manufacture of many goods.  Some of the goods manufactured here included wool and linen clothing, dyes, pottery, bronze and leather goods, and baked foods. Because of all this manufacturing activity there was great opportunity for its citizens become financially wealthy and self-reliant.  Due to all of this Thyatira became known as a prosperous city that attracted many individuals in search of the riches of this world.

 

These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

In this description of Christ, we can see a main focus on:

  1. the Son of God – As the Son of God, He possessed great authority to judge others.
  2. His eyes like unto a flame of fire – Christ’s knowledge of all things (omniscience).
  3. his feet like brass – the perfect judgment He executes based upon His comprehensive knowledge.

What a blessing it is for each of us to understand these truths about Christ.  We should never allow concerns about His “fairness” or His “severity in judgment” to concern us.

Christ will, always, treat every human being fairly and justly.  He will always either withhold judgment that is deserved (His mercy and grace based upon His work on the cross) or He will always give that which is deserved (His justice).  He will NEVER judge more harshly than deserved, He will NEVER meet out a punishment more severe than the infraction demands.

He truly judges with His “eyes illuminated” enabling Him to see all the relevant information needed to make a perfect decision on the judgment that is meted out as He tramples upon His enemies.

 

(19)  I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Just as in the other letters, Christ now encourages the church by speaking well of them for their service to Him:

  1. works – the effort they took to accomplish the tasks He had given to them.
  2. charity – their self-sacrificial love that motivated their service
  3. service – their effort to minister to others needs as an act of obedience to Christ
  4. faith – their reliance upon Him as they served
  5. patience – their willingness to bear up under the pressures of service, not caving in to the pressures
  6. works – their spiritual growth as they served in greater ways now than when they first began to serve.

 

(20)  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Jesus now begins to explain the areas where they have failed in their service.  They were allowing “that woman Jezebel”, a false prophetess, to spread doctrinal error and lead God’s people into sinful acts.  This was due to either a spirit of compromise (knowing that she was a false teacher and allowed her to continue) or a spirit of gullibility (not understanding that she was teaching falsely but believed she was actually the prophetess of God).

There is much that can be said about the name “Jezebel”:

1.  Some believe that this was her literal name given to her by her parents.

2.  Others suggest that this woman was given this name by Christ to link her to the OT character Jezebel (1 Kings 18:-21:). 1Ki 21:25 reminds us of the work of this wicked woman… “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.”    

Just as the NT Jezebel was seducing others to commit idolatry and related sinful acts and turn from the Lord, so too, the OT woman was a horrible influence in the life of her husband, leading him into idolatry and opposition to Jehovah

3.  Others believe that Christ gave her this name to reveal something of her character, apart from the OT woman. There are MANY different ideas as to the meaning of her name. The best I understand, if it has Hebrew origins, it means “to be cast down” or “to be demoted”, or “to not be exalted”.  If this is so, it is teaching us of her end.  Although she claimed to be a prophetess of God, on judgment day she will not be honored by God but disowned, demoted and put to shame.

However, the most interesting view that I read was that there are scholars (cited by John Gill) who believe “Jezebel” comes from an Arabic word “Zebel” which meant dung. This would make perfect sense considering her teachings and works were simply “dung” in the eyes of the Lord and her end would be rejection by God much like a dunghill that laid outside a city.  (An interesting note…. The OT Jezebel’s end was as “dung” (2 Kings 9:37)

My personal belief is that all of these reasons for this woman’s name to be Jezebel could easily be true.  Our Lord, who is sovereign, controlled the name of this NT woman.  Perhaps, He allowed her parents to give her this name to link her to both the OT woman and the meaning of her name.

Her work caused men to fall into the sin of idolatry which included acts of fornication (acts of sexual or spiritual uncleanness) and eating idolatrous meat.

 

(21)  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

(22)  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

(23)  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

The Lord graciously gives time for Jezebel to turn from her wicked ways, but she refused.  Therefore the judgment of the Lord would fall upon her.

The Lord’s judgment would be based upon her wicked acts (symbolized by being judged in the same bed in which she committed the sins).  Their (her and those with her) only hope of escaping judgment was to repent of their sins.  She would be judged by placing her in the midst of overwhelming pressure and those who followed her false teachings and practices would be killed and face eternal death.

The Lord’s judgment would prove to the churches that He is the One that knew all things, even the thoughts and intents of the heart and that He would then “follow up” by dealing with each sin appropriately.

 

(24)  But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
(25)  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

The Lord now addresses those who have remained faithful to Him by not following after the teachings of Jezebel.  He describes those who have followed the idolatrous teaching as knowing the “depths of Satan”.  Folks, the worship of other gods is the lowest possible act of blasphemy against the Lord.   For a person to place their allegiance upon other gods, serving them, worshipping them and sacrificing for them is the most horrible of events that find their origin in Satan.

Those who have remained faithful to the Lord in the face of this blasphemous teaching are called upon to not forsake the truths they possess but use all their strength to protect them.

 

(26)  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end,

The Lord now addresses those who will be victorious and faithful to the Lord until the end.

 

to him will I give power over the nations:
(27)  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
(28)  And I will give him the morning star.

The Lord promises to bless the victorious ones by:

  1. power over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. – they will receive authority to rule over the lost.  This authority will involve them judging the lost and taking part in their destruction at His second coming. (1 Corinthians 6:2-3, Rev 19:11-21).  This authority will be delegated to the Lord’s people by Christ, who originally was given this authority by the Father.  (Luke 22:29)
  1. And I will give him the morning star. The “morning star” is a title taken by Christ Himself, “I Jesus… am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. (Rev 22:16)  To give the faithful saints of Thyatira “the bright and morning star” is to say that the saints will be given Christ throughout eternity.

How will this take place?  In at least two ways:  they will enjoy His person being in His presence, they will enjoy learning more about Him as they are taught throughout eternity.  This is how He will give Himself to His chosen people to enjoy throughout eternity.

(29)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Once again, the Lord is stressing that this message was meant only for those who were truly saved members of the church. It was meant for those who had ears that were opened (by the gracious intervention of the Lord) to receive and understand the truths of His Word.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this passage of Scripture we see several truths about Christ presented.  He knows everything there is to know about  us.  Our outward actions and our inward desires and motives.  Based upon His Omniscience, He judges all mankind justly. When we consider Him as the All-knowing Just Judge over all mankind, it helps us to understand that He deserves to be given all of our worship, adoration, and service.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Folks, do we see our need to discern teachers of truth from teachers of error?  Do we see the need to expose and refrain ourselves from anyone who teaches error?  We all understand that our Lord is the Ultimate, Just, Judge that knows all things.  As such, we must make sure we are not partaking in the deeds of those who oppose Christ.  When we, knowingly, receive false teaching into our lives and follow its dictates, we are setting ourselves up to share in the judgment that awaits those who would lead us astray.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I give him a white stone,…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:17 KJV – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

As those who have trusted in Christ as our Savior, although we are guilty of many heinous sins against God, we are declared innocent of our sins.  This wonderful act of God’s mercy is symbolized by the receipt of the white stone, which was a public declaration of release from guilt or debt.  (For more on this white stone and its symbolism, please see the Bible study link at the bottom of this devotional.)

Throughout God’s Word, this acquittal (declaration of innocence) is described by the word “justification”.  Listen to what the Bible teaches us about the justification of God’s people…

Rom 4:24-25 KJV – “But for us also, to whom it ( righteousness) shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

 

Folks, stop and think about it… we are told in this verse that our justification is related to two events that took place in the life of Christ…

  1. “Who was delivered” – Christ was delivered into the hands of sinful mankind, He was falsely accused, abused, put to public shame, unjustly punished, experienced separated from the Father, shed His blood and died on the cross. He submitted to all of this, willingly, so that His people might be delivered from their sins (Isaiah 53:5-6).

 

  1. “Who… was raised again” – Following His death, three days later, Christ arose from the dead. This resurrection publically testified that His work was sufficient to secure the justification of His people.

How can we know with absolute certainty that we are justified (declared innocent of our sins)?  We can know this by the resurrection of Christ.  As we see Christ coming out of the tomb, we can know that His sacrifice had been accepted by God, He had satisfied the sin debt of His people, and had accomplished the work He had been given to do.  It is through His resurrection that we have the faith and hope in out eternal deliverance from sins at the hand of Almighty God (1 Peter 1:18-21).

 

As we begin our day for Christ, may we all have thankful hearts…  Christ willingly suffered and shed His blood so that we might be declared innocent from our sins.  And then, let us all be thankful that He arose from the dead, proving to us that He accomplished our justification through His great sacrifice on our behalf.

May we not allow anything to discourage us this day… we can know without doubt, if we have trusted in Him as our Savior, that in His resurrection we have proof that He has secured the deliverance from our sins.   We are forgiven, we are secure in His hands, we are headed for eternal glory in His presence, and NOTHING can separate us from His love…

Rom 8:35-39 KJV – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?    As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.   Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.   For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

How can we know these things?  He died on the cross and then arose from the dead.  He accomplished that which He set out to do.  He has saved us from our sins!

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Have We Partaken Of Christ, The Manna That Gives Eternal Life?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:17 KJV  -  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I give to eat of the hidden manna“

SIH TOTT ICON

Rev 2:17 KJV

(17)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 

 

What is the “hidden manna” that is promised to those who are victorious over this world?   Christ clearly teaches us that He is that manna from heaven…

Joh 6:47-51 KJV – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 

Why does eating bread picture the salvation experience of the believer?

  1. When a person is saved they are appropriating Christ and His work to their very person.  When bread is eaten that is appropriating the nutrients found in the bread to the physical body of the one partaking of that bread.
  2. The saved individual becomes one with Christ, just as He becomes one with the saint. When an individual partakes of bread, the bread and the one eating the bread becomes one.
  3. When saved, Christ’s work is applied to the saved person making him into a new creature in Christ. When the individual partakes of the bread, the bread aids the process of physical change (growth and maturity).
  4. At salvation, Christ enters into the saint in the person of the indwelling Holy Spirit. When an individual eats bread, the bread enters into the body of the individual.

This is why the partaking of Christ and His work, through saving faith, is pictured as eating the manna which comes from heaven.

 

When Christ promises that overcomers will be given” to eat of the hidden manna”,  He is promising that true believers will partake of Christ on an enhanced level throughout eternity.  Once we receive our glorified bodies, we will experience Christ in a much more clear and intimate way.  Our knowledge of Him will become greater, our relationship to Him will be much closer, and we will forever live in His presence.

1Co 13:12 KJV –  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1Jn 3:2 KJV –  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 

What a blessing eternity will be for all of God’s people!  Just think about it.  We will be dwelling with our Savior and our Lord, enjoying an intimate relationship with Him.  May we all allow this promise to encourage our hearts to serve Him in greater ways as we enter our day, and the rest of our lives.

The wonderful promise given to the believing members of the church… For those who are victorious over the dark forces of the world, the Lord will give to them “hidden manna”.   This is speaking of the Lord giving to His people a type of nourishment that cannot be seen in this temporal world…. a more intimate relationship with Him.  In other words, in eternity the Lord will give to His people a much greater knowledge of Himself and a much greater communion with Himself (1 Cor 13:12).

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3MO

Do We Give Our Lives For Him?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:13 KJV   I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you “

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:13 KJV   I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

 

Antipas, a faithful member of the church at Pergamos, was faithful to His Lord….even unto death.  What an awesome display of faithfulness and self-sacrificial love for our Lord and Savior.  What a great honor to give back to Him, in a very small, insignificant way, for the great sacrifice He made for us on the cross.  To be called upon to give our lives for the cause of Christ is truly a privilege.  However, the opportunity to give our physical lives for Christ may never be opened to us.

Is there any other way that we can sacrifice our lives to Him for all He has done for us?  Hebrews 13:13-16 gives us the answer to our question…

“Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

By continually praising Him with our lips, pleasing Him with our actions, and being charitable to those in need we can be living sacrifices for the Lord’s honor and glory.  Think about it, instead of giving our physical lives through the act of death, we can give our physical lives through words of praise, pleasing the Lord with our actions and meeting the needs of others around us.

 

This is what Paul is speaking of when he describes our need to be “living sacrifices” to the Lord…

Rom 12:1 KJV –  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Note that Paul tells us that offering our lives as a living sacrifice is simply our “reasonable service”.  Why is this?  It is because, when we consider the great sacrifice He made on our behalf … i.e. coming to this fallen world, giving up the exercise of His divine attributes, suffering great temptation, persecution and false accusations, being put to public shame, giving His life on the cross, being separated from His Father as He bore our sins etc… it is only logical and rational that we would be willing to give our lives for Him.

Whether through martyrdom, or acts of praise and service to Christ and others, may we all be ever willing to give of ourselves as the opportunity arises.  By doing this, we will be bringing honor and glory to the One who has given so much for us…

1Pe 1:18-21 KJV –  “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:   Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 
Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3MO

Do We Cling To His Name Or Just Brush It Off?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 2:13 KJV   I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Thou holdest fast thy name, and hast not denied my faith”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:13 KJV   I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

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What a wonderful commendation to hear from the lips of our Lord!  To know that we have faithfully grabbed and held tight to His name and did not disowned the doctrinal truths we have learned!

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This should be our ultimate goal in this life, to remain faithful to our Lord through a consistent Christian testimony based upon the truths of His Word.  How do we hold fast to these things when we live in the midst of a sin-sick fallen world?   2 Timothy 1:12-14 gives us the three keys to retaining a Christian testimony in the eyes of others…

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2Ti 1:12-14 KJV – For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.   Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.   That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

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Keys to consistent testimony in eyes of others:

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1.  I know whom I  have believed – Possession of an unwavering reliance upon Christ.  None of us will remain faithful to the Lord of our own abilities, but we know that as we rely upon Christ we can do all things for Him.

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2.  am persuaded that He is able…that day – Absolute confidence He will keep His present and future promises .  His current promises of protection and enablement, along with His promises of future blessings and rewards throughout eternity, we will be motivated to remain faithful to Him.

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3.  keep by the Holy Ghost   –  Indwelling Spirit’s enabling.  Recognition of the existence of the Lord’s presence and empowerment through the indwelling Spirit, we can find peace and security knowing He is ever with us and enabling us.

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Folks, these are the keys that will enable us to be like the church members of Pergamos… holding fast to the name of Christ while affirming the truths of His Word.   May we all keep in the forefront of our mind the need to rely upon Christ, knowing He will fulfill His many promises to us, through the Holy Spirit who is constantly indwelling us.

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May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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The Lord Uses His Word To Accomplish His Purposes In The Hearts Of Men…

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:12 KJV  And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;”

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Rev 2:12 KJV  And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

 

In the letter to the church at Pergamos, the Lord describes Himself as “he which hath the sharp sword with two edges. “  As we have seen in a prior devotion, this sharp two-edged sword is a symbolic representation of the Word of God.  This is not the only place where the Word is described as a sword…

Heb 4:12-13 KJV – “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.   Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

In this Hebrews passage we can learn much more about the Word and why it is symbolized as a two-edged sword.  Please notice the main points of this passage…

The Word of God is pictured as a sword because it’s work involves:

  1. piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, - can clearly separate between physical and spiritual natures of a man
  2. piercing even to the dividing asunder of the joints and marrow – can clearly separate between the joints and marrow of which they are made
  3. a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart – can clearly reveal the calculations and motives taking place in the mind

In all the above the basic idea is that the Word can clearly divide, expose and bring to recognition the most intimate, secret and personal aspects of the human being.    It is much like a scalpel being used by a doctor to open the patient and reveal the innermost body parts and their condition.

 

No one can fool the Word of God.  When an individual uses the Word for self-examination, he will be able to clearly see his innermost condition.   When brought into the light of the Word all sinfulness and depravity are brought into clear view.  This is why we are told that the lost “will not come to the light”…

Joh 3:19-21 KJV – And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.   For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.    But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 

Folks, may we always be willing to open up ourselves using God’s Word to expose and bring to our mind the sin that we harbor in our lives.  Once the see our sin in the light of the Word may we confess it and turn from it, relying on the Lord to cleanse us and give us victory over it.

It is only through this process that we may keep ourselves “unto honour, sanctified, meet for the Master’s work , and prepared unto every good work”…

2Ti 2:19-21 KJV  – Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.   But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.    If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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The People Of God Have Overcome The Second Death

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Rev 2:11 KJV  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

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Revelation 2:12-17:“Christ’s Letter To The Church At Pergamos”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:  The Letter To Pergamos…

Rev 2:12-17 KJV (12)  And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; (13)  I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. (14)  But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. (15)  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. (16)  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. (17)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

From our previous lesson, we saw a very basic summary of the contents of these letters include:

Church Location Name Meaning Areas of Faithfulness Areas of Unfaithfulness Possible Punishment Reward To Overcomers (proof of genuine salvation)
Ephesus Desired or Allowed Many areas of faithful outward service.  Hate doctrine of Nicolaitanes. Left first love (Christ)Service not motivated by love for Christ. Removal of candlestick (church no longer enjoying fellowship w God) Eat of Tree of Life in Paradise
Smyrna Myrrh Spiritually rich N/A N/A Not hurt by second death
Pergamos Fortified Tower Faithfulness in face of persecution Allowing doctrine of Balaam and Nicolaitans(physical and spiritual fornication) Will war against those who hold false teaching Be given hidden manna and white stone with new name
Thyatira Sacrifice, Offering, Corpse Works of love, service, faith, patience False Prophetess in midst. (sexual immorality and idol worship) Sickness, tribulation and death upon her and her followers. Be given power over the nations
Sardis Depart, Escape, Exit A few faithful areas of service remain. A few faithful members remain. Testimony that they are spiritually alive but really dead.  Their works not “perfect” before God. Will come upon them as a thief (implied removing anything of value leaving spiritually destitute) White garments.  Name not blotted out of book, confess his name before the Father
Philadelphia Love Of The Brethren Kept Word not denied name of Christ. Persevered in trials N/A N/A Permanent pillar in temple of God.  Name of God and New Jerusalem upon them. New name given to them
Laodicea Judgment Of The People N/A Lukewarm service.  Blinded to their spiritual destitution. Spew out of Lord’s mouth. Rebuking and chastening from Lord. Sit with Christ in throne.

Beginning in chapter 2 through chapter 3, John writes personalized messages to the 7 churches.  Each message contains four basic parts:

  1. Description of Christ
  2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences
  3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences
  4. Promise to Overcomers

The first of these personalized messages is written to the church at Pergamos.

1. Description of Christ (v 12)

2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences (v 13)

3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences (v 14-16)

4. Promise to Overcomers (v 17)

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:  

Revelation 2: –    

(12)  And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write;

This letter is addressed to the members of the local church at Pergamos. Pergamos was filled with citizens that worshipped the sun God Zeus (which had begun with Egypt with the worship of RA and then in Babylon with the worship of Baal).  The altar dedicated to Zeus was located in the city.

It is believed by many that the pagans of Pergamos choose to gradually assimilate themselves (and their beliefs) into the church at Pergamos instead of opposing the church and seeking to overcome it with violence.  Based upon the contents of this letter, it seems that they were successful in joining with the church, but unsuccessful in persuading the church to join them in their idolatrous beliefs and practices.   

 

These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

Christ describes himself as “he which hath a sharp sword with two edges”.  This points us to Christ’s Word and its ability to destroy the enemies of Christ.  We find Christ using this sword in Revelation to judge and devour His enemies in Rev 19:11-21.

Many times we think of the Word as being an instrument used by the Lord to deliver salvation to His people.  However, we need to also realize that, the very same Word that saves us from our sins is also a tool of judgment that is used by our Lord to destroy His enemies (Isaiah 11:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:8).  This is the symbolism of the sword found in this letter (v 16).

The very same powerful Word that spoke all of creation into existence, is the same powerful Word that can work salvation into the hardest of man’s hearts and is the same Word that can defeat the most wicked of those who oppose Christ.  This is the basic principle behind the Lord’s Word being pictured as a two-edged sword.  

(13)  I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

The Lord now lists for the church several areas of faithfulness that they are exhibiting in their service to Him:

1. works, – their acts of service to Christ

2. where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: – they were located at the seat the sun worship of Babylon and Egypt

3. thou holdest fast my name, –  they retained the name of Christ and continued to associate themselves with Him even though efforts were being made to persuade them to worship Zeus.

4. hast not denied my faith,…who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. – They not only kept the name of Christ but also continued to keep the Bible truths and practices.

Antipas (“against all”) was a man who was willing to stand fast against all of the false worship taking place in the city.  Because of that, he gave his life for the cause of Christ and the furtherance of the truths of God’s Word.    

 

(14)  But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Christ now exposes the sin that existed in their midst.  They were allowing those who had never repented of their worship of Zeus to join and then continue in their membership.  Instead of exercising church discipline to remove them from their membership, they allowed them to stay and continue in their heathen beliefs and practices.

Please note: the pagan worshippers are described as: 1. them that hold the doctrine of Balaam (“destroyer of the people”) – Balaam deceived the Israelite men (through use of Moabite women) to worship idols at Baal-Peor, leading them astray from the true God. (Numbers 25:1-18 and Numbers 31:16) 2. who taught Balac – Balac was the king who had been counseled by Balaam in the idolatry of Baal-Peor (Nums

  1. to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, – the teachings of these pagans was intended to “trip up” the Christians at Pergamos
  2. to eat things sacrificed unto idols, – the church at Pergamos was to abstain from eating meats sacrificed to idols due to their location among idol worshippers. By eating the meat, it would APPEAR as if they were approving of idol-worship and actually partaking of idol worship.  This would serve to confuse those around them and trip up weaker Christians in their midst. (1 Corinthians 8:4-13)  This is why the pagans were trying to persuade them to eat of the meat.
  3. to commit fornication. – to commit fornication with the temple prostitutes as a part of the idolatry. Also, by worshipping false Gods, the pagans would be enticing the Christians to commit acts of spiritual uncleanness.

 

(15)  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Nicolaitan (“conqueror of the people”), was the NT version of the OT Baalam.  In both cases, the promotion of the idolatrous worship and teachings is in view.  Those who believed in this sinful doctrine were included in the membership of the church.  Instead of dealing with them, by removing them from the membership, they put up with them in their membership.    

 

(16)  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

The Lord’s instructions to them was to “repent”, this includes changing their minds about those idolatrous members, then forsaking their sin by disciplining them in a Scriptural fashion, and finally determining in their hearts to properly guard their membership from this point forward. The Lord further explained that, if they ignore repentance for this grave sin, the Lord would take matters in His own hands. By doing this, He is saying He would deal with both the believing and unbelieving members of the assembly.

He describes His dealings with the believing members as “coming unto” the church, in other words, He would send His chastening hand upon them in discipline to bring them back to obedience. He describes His dealings with the idolatrous unbelievers as “I will fight against them”, in other words, He would actively oppose and judge them using the power of His Word.  (Perhaps, this is speaking of the Lord raising up Godly teachers who would reveal their heresies which would eventually drive them out of the assembly.)

 

(17)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

The wonderful promise given to the believing members of the church… For those who are victorious over the dark forces of the world, the Lord will give to them “hidden manna”.   This is speaking of the Lord giving to His people a type of nourishment that cannot be seen in this temporal world…. a more intimate relationship with Him.  In other words, in eternity the Lord will give to His people a much greater knowledge of Himself and a much greater communion with Himself (1 Cor 13:12).

He will also give to the overcomers a “white stone” with a “new name” written upon it.   White and black stones were used to vote or choose.  (Note In Acts 26:10 – “voice” is word for pebble). The white stone was a sign of acceptance, selection, or acquittal… the black stone rejection, to cast off, or guilty. In this case, the white stone given to the overcomer is an outward declaration he has been chosen by God to salvation and is given admission to eternal glory.

The “new name” is probably speaking of a new name for Christ, the One who selected and invited us into glory.  It is displaying who “owned” or cast this vote.  The name represents new titles for (truths about) Christ being revealed to His people in eternity. (Rev 19:12-13).  He is given a new name in eternity as the veil is taken off our eyes and we see Him as He truly is (1 John 3:2).

Another popular view is that the “new name” is the name of the recipient of the stone.  It would be the name of the one who has overcome.  If this is the case, then it would be described as a “new name” that only the recipient knew because a person’s true spiritual standing before God can only be known by that person and God Himself.  A person’s salvation can NEVER be known with CERTAINTY by another individual.    

CHRIST REVEALED: In this section of Scripture, we can see Christ, as the ultimate Judge and Warrior who promises to come back to the earth someday judging the evil that is committed. We can also see Christ as the Holy One who cannot overlook evil, but deals with wickedness in the lives of the lost through His hand of wrath and in the lives of the saved by His hand of chastening.    

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Our Lord hates wickedness, we can see that through His promised dealings among the lost and saved in the church at Pergamos.  Because of His hatred of sin, it is very important that His people are on constant guard to not allow it in our lives.   But sadly, because we are fallen creatures, sin will slip into our lives.  When it does, the Lord has given us repentance as the means with which to deal with that sin. May we all hate sin, reject it, and when it slips into our lives, repent of it.  By doing these things, we can have confidence that the Lord’s hand of chastening will not come upon us.   

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.  

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:11 KJV  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

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Keep in mind, one of the great blessings of a genuine salvation experience is receiving the ultimate victory of the powers of darkness of this world (i.e. Satan and demons, temptations, the dominance of the sin nature, and the influence of the lost mankind etc etc).   Because of this promise of victory, the believer is described as an “overcomer”…

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1Jn 5:4-5 KJV – For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

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A part of the Lord’s letter to the church at Smyrna includes a very special promise to overcomers.  It is promised that they “shall not be hurt of the second death”.  What is the second death?  The “second death” involves the resurrection, judgment, and eternal consignment to the Lake of Fire for all lost mankind…

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Rev 20:13-15 KJV – And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

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Rev 21:8 KJV – But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

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Folks, when the Lord promises to overcomers they will not “be hurt of the second death”, He is promising that they will never be found guilty for the sins they have committed and will never face eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire for those sins.

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How can this be?  How can fallen, sinful mankind be proclaimed innocent of the sins they have committed?  This all takes place based upon Christ’s shed blood which can cover the most heinous of sins and pay the price for the most wicked of deeds.  The blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin…

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1Jn 1:7 KJV –  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.

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As Christians, may we never forget this truth.  It is only through the sacrificial shed blood of Christ that we were cleansed from our sins and delivered from the wrath to come.   Through His death we were given eternal life.  As Christians, we owe Him our all.

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Lost mankind is in desperate need of Christ’s shed blood as well.  May we always remember, the first priority in our relationship with others who are lost is to share Christ with them.   We can do this in many ways, we can tell them of Christ through our words, we can show them Christ through our actions, we can recount  our personal experience of Christ, we can invite them to our church, we can recommend Bible teaching radio and tv ministries to them,  the list is seemingly endless.

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For those who have never experienced God’s saving grace in their lives, may they see their sinful condition, become sorrowful for their sins and recognize their need to turn from them, recognize the truth about Christ’s person and work and turn to Him, and by faith accept Him as their Lord and Savior.

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May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Are We Prepared For Persecution In Our Life?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:10 KJV  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:10 KJV  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

A continuing theme throughout the letters to the churches, and the entire book of Revelation, is the Christians’ willingness to give their life for their Lord.  In this case, the church at Smyrna is given encouragement as they faced imprisonment, trials, tribulations and the possibility of martyrdom in His service.

Christ, during His earthly ministry, warned His followers of these types of persecutions when He said…
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and [some] of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake.  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  In your patience possess ye your souls.”  (Luke 21:16-19)

 

Please notice in this passage several truths concerning the persecution and martyrdom of God’s people:

And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends;

Some of the most difficult of persecutions is when family, friends and other loved ones oppose us in our service for Christ.  Any persecution for our faith is difficult to bear, but when it comes from those we love and hold dear to us it can be seemingly overwhelming for us.

 

 and [some] of you shall they cause to be put to death. 

Here, Christ clearly warns that some of His followers would be called upon to lose their life to remain faithful to their Lord.  In the context of this passage, “they” (the ones who would cause the Christian to be put to death) refer to the ones who are the very closest to the Christian.  How hurtful and difficult that is for anyone to face.

 

And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake. 

These differing forms of persecution would take place due to hatred in the heart of fallen mankind.

 

But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 

How can the Lord say this… He has just warned us that we will face various types of persecution, including death?

The key is to understand the word “perish”.  To “perish” means to utterly destroy or to lose permanently.  Folks whatever we may lose on this earth in the name of Christ will be restored to us in eternity…
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.   (Matthew 19:29)

There is nothing that is sacrificed for the Lord in this world that will not be recognized and rewarded throughout eternity.

 

In your patience possess ye your souls.

It is through the Christian’s patience endurance during times of great affliction that gives public proof for all to see of a genuine salvation experience and dedication to Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life…
Mar 13:13 KJV   And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

“Possess your souls” or “gain your physical life”… by using our physical lives to patiently serve our Lord, will result in eternal gain on our behalf.   This gain is described as “the crown of life” or eternal rewards (treasure) in heaven.    This stands in stark contrast to the lost man who wastes his physical life and, therefore, loses it throughout eternity by forsaking the wondrous inheritance of God, and suffering forever in the Lake of Fire.

May we all see the need to be “living sacrifices” for Christ.  In doing so, we become wonderful testimonies of His grace on earth and we gain eternal rewards for our glorified life on the New Earth.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Be still my soul… the Lord is on our side…

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:10 KJV  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:10 KJV  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

 

 

 

The church at Smyrna suffered greatly at the hands of those who opposed Christ.  They were pressured on every side, poverty stricken, and faced those who proclaimed a false gospel message of salvation through the law and physical lineage.   They had much to fear.  What a blessing it was for them to hear the words of Christ… “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer”!  What a blessing for us as well.

We all, to varying degrees, face fearful times in our lives.  This fear can be the greatest opposition we face in our service for Christ.   But even in the midst of our greatest fears, if we have trusted in Him as our Lord and Savior, He whisperers into our ears… “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee”.    With this great promise in our hearts, we can face anything that may come upon us, as we cry out “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

This is the peace and security that a Christian possesses.  We have the Almighty Creator of the Universe watching over us, accompanying us, and bringing to pass what is for our good and His glory.  Out of appreciative hearts may we all submit to His will for our lives (including the fearful times) and seek to do His will, knowing He cares…

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”   (1 Peter 5:6-7)

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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