Sunday, August 21, 2011

"Deny Jesus or die"!...."OK, Bye"

As we go through what Jesus says to the seven churches in Revelation I am going to keep a running summary of props, rebukes and more below each post. I think it would be worth reading through the list every day. Jesus thought enough of these items to include them in the final Book of His Word and I think we would do well to know what are King wants from us and what He doesn’t want from us.

As I wrote that I could almost hear some people saying, “that works righteousness!”  No it isn’t.  Look what Paul said in Romans 1:

Romans 1:5-6 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, 6  among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

Those that have been born-again have received Grace FOR the OBEDIENCE of the Faith…..WHY?......for HIS NAME!!!  When we are born-again we will desire to glorify Him and as to not have any confusion among His saints He gave us His Word in that we will know exactly how to conduct ourselves.

Philippians 1:27-29 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28  and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29  For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

That being said, let’s move on to the next church Jesus addresses….Smyrna.

Notice that Jesus is very short and sweet in His Words for Smyrna. He does not rebuke them in any way…..why?  Because they are under HEAVY persecution and a church that is under persecution will be purged of the fake Christians; after all, if you are only pretending you wouldn’t stick around as the brutality comes. You can almost envision a scene of persecutors saying, “renounce Jesus Christ or die!”….”OK, bye”

Revelation 2:8-11 "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, 'These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 9 "I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death." '

Recap Jesus messages to the churches so far
Some items done well:
-works for Him
-patience
-don’t bear those who do evil
-test those claiming to be apostles
-labor for His name sake
-do not become weary in laboring for Him
-hate the works of those practicing and teaching false religions and perverting the Gospel
-serve Him in the face of tribulation
-serve Him while in poverty

Some items that need repentance:
-left first love
-not doing the works done at first

“Characteristics”, “descriptions” of Jesus:
-Holds seven stars in His right hand
-Walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands
-First and the Last
-Was dead and came to Life

Call to action:
-return to the love you had at first
-overcome
-do not fear when suffering for Christ
-overcome the testing of evil by being steadfast in the faith
-be faithful unto death

Rewards:
-Eat from the Tree of Life
-Crown of Life
-Not hurt by the second death


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