2018-05-31 / Worship

To the angel in Thyatira

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Revelation 2:18-29)

As Jesus looks upon the Church in Thyatira, He makes judgements of the people that will seek to purify them for a work of God that will bless the ministry of God’s church for mankind.

Jesus says, “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience.” (verse 19a) This presents a positive view of Jesus toward the church and its people. Jesus even makes mention of improvements taking place. He says, “And the last to be more than the first.” (verse 19b)

This makes one feel good about themselves, but it is dangerous to have a proud spirit. This kind of attitude will not move us forward in God’s work, and we always want to improve.

Therefore, Jesus says, “Notwithstanding.” That is a big word, but it is good for us. Jesus says, “I have a few things against thee:” Then Jesus tells us what the problems are, and we need to know these things.

It is important for us to know where we are going wrong in our behavior, so that we can make changes for the better. Jesus tells them about their sins with Jezebel, a false prophetess, who causes the people to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. We cannot correct our sins if we are not told about them. God is always ready to help us in matters where we go wrong and sin. We must have an open mind toward Jesus.

Jesus says, “I gave her space to repent of her fornication, and she repented not.” (verse 21) When we refuse to repent of our sins, God has no other choice but to allow us to be put in great tribulation for our sins. (verse 22) Jesus says, “all the churches shall know that I am He which searcheth the reins and hearts, and I will give unto way one of you according to your works.” (verse 23) Jesus adds: “You who repent, and have not this doctrine of Satan will not be put under a burden of quiet, I will put upon you none other burden. He that overcometh and keepeth any works unto the end will be given the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches.” (verses 26-29)

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