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2014.Oct.
25 Sat
 
The Whole Truth
[ Revelation 2:12 - 2:17 ]
 
12. "To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.
13. I know where you live--where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city--where Satan lives.
14. Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.
15. Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
16. Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
 

Reflection
Warning (2:12–17a)
The sharp, double-edged sword refers to the Word of God (Heb. 4:12). John 1:1 says Jesus is the Word made flesh. We must remain close to the Word or our hearts will grow hardened by sin. The church in Pergamum is surrounded by great evil. They are praised for their faith but rebuked because some have accepted false teaching. When a few reject the truth and embrace sinful behavior, the heart of the church risks being consumed by the deception of sin (Heb. 4:2). Similarly, Hebrews 3:12 warns the church to exhort one another to receive the Word and hear and respond to the Spirit, lest they fall away from the living God.

Promises (2:17b)
There is much to lose when we do not follow God and much to gain when we do. Hebrews 4 promises that there is rest for those who follow God through the Spirit. The rest spoken of is not found in a place but in a person—the person of Jesus Christ (Heb. 4:8–16). John 6:48–58 describes Jesus as manna sent from heaven to provide eternal life. Revelation 2:17 promises even more of Jesus. In Him, we are promised purpose, as stones used to build His temple (Eph. 2:19–22), and intimacy, as those who share in the special name used between Father and Son (Rev. 19:12).

Application
- Scripture implores us to welcome the lost sinner but cautions us against tolerating sins deceptiveness within the church. How does the turning point of salvation change our interactions with sinfulness?

- Where do you seek peace? What rest is there for the burdened believer?

A Letter to
God
Jesus, Prince of Peace, Lord of lords, I come to You with a restless soul. Forgive my idolatrous heart that naturally seeks peace from other masters. Secure my heart in You and show me the rest found only in You. In Your name. Amen.
 
 
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