Hold on to What You Have-Revelation 2:18-29

Revelation 2:18-29 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): 25 Only hold on to what you have until I come. 26 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Apocalisse 2:18-29 «All’angelo della chiesa di Tiatiri scrivi: queste cose dice il Figlio di Dio, che ha gli occhi come fiamma di fuoco e i piedi simili a bronzo incandescente:19 “Io conosco le tue opere, il tuo amore, la tua fede, il tuo servizio, la tua costanza; so che le tue ultime opere sono più numerose delle prime. 20 Ma ho questo contro di te: che tu tolleri Iezabel, quella donna che si dice profetessa e insegna e induce i miei servia commettere fornicazione e a mangiare carni sacrificate agli idoli. 21 Le ho dato tempo perché si ravvedesse, ma lei non vuole ravvedersi della sua fornicazione. 22 Ecco, io la getto sopra un letto di dolore e metto in una grande tribolazione coloro che commettono adulterio con lei, se non si ravvedono delle opere che ella compie. 23 Metterò anche a morte i suoi figli; e tutte le chiese conosceranno che io sono colui che scruta le reni e i cuori,, e darò a ciascuno di voi secondo le sue opere. 24 Ma agli altri di voi, in Tiatiri, che non professate tale dottrina e non avete conosciuto le profondità di Satana (come le chiamano loro), io dico: non vi impongo altro peso; 25 soltanto, quello che avete tenetelo fermamente finché io venga. 26 A chi vince e persevera nelle mie opere sino alla fine, darò potere sulle nazioni, 27 ed egli le reggerà con una verga di ferro e le frantumerà come vasi d’argilla28 come anch’io ho ricevuto potere dal Padre mio; e gli darò la stella del mattino. 29 Chi ha orecchi ascolti ciò che lo Spirito dice alle chiese”.
 
     History records that the church in Thyatira was a smaller church but the rebuke to it is forceful and uncompromising. Like the churches mentioned in this section, the origin of the rebuke is Jesus, the Son of God (v. 18). The content of the message begins with a commendation but quickly moves to condemnation.
     The commendation is notable in that it says they possessed good deeds, love, faith, service, perseverance and that they even increased in these areas. These qualities demonstrate that their commitment was genuine. But the other side of the equation also demonstrates serious flaws in their ethics. Their major downfall was following the false prophetess, Jezebel, who taught that the cultural norms of immorality and immoral pagan feasts were tolerable for Christians. 
     The condemnation carries with it a strong message to her, her family and followers. The corrective teaching was not received however; therefore judgment was unavoidable. This strong action was a witness to all churches that true believers cannot have two masters.
    Finally, Jesus gives the remnant in Thyatira a promised consolation to those who hold on. The promise is a frequently used message to believers who do not conform to the principles of this world. These overcomers are promised a share in Christ’s rule in the millennium and the morning star as a guiding light in the dark night.
     The conclusion follows a familiar pattern: Listen to what the Spirit is saying to you.
Pray with me: Lord, I know that I am constantly being enticed by this world to conform to its principles. Help me to correctly assess what is good and what is harmful to me as I follow Your Word.


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