Reading the Word
Revelation 2:18–29 (ESV)
18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 “ ‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come. 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Understanding and Applying the Word
False teaching is a big deal. Churches that do not address it and allow it to spread are warned that Christ is watching with eyes like a flame of fire. In this passage, we are told that the false teaching resulted in eating meat sacrificed to idols and sexual immorality.
Unfortunately, many churches today soften their teaching on sin because they believe it helps them to reach the unsaved world around them. This simply is not the case. In reality, all it does is condone the very things the Bible says that we need to be saved from. It trivializes the things that Christ died to save us from.
Jesus will one day return in judgment and he is the one who searched “mind and heart”. He will be concerned not only with our sincerity, but also with truth. May we take the word of God seriously and may we communicate that word to ourselves and to a lost world perishing due to sin.
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