Lesson Scriptures: Revelation 2:12-17
Key Lesson Theme: “Uncompromising with Truth”
Today's Lesson: Thursday, June 17
16 So repent! Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it.”
The Lord held the church at Pergamos responsible for allowing false teaching to infiltrate the body. Hence came an admonition followed by a warning: Repent. It is more than feeling sorrow or regret. Sorrow and regret can result from being caught or confronted with one’s sin. Evidence of true repentance is a change in mind, heart, attitude, and behavior. In this case, the faithful believers in Pergamos needed to confess their attitude of leniency and toleration toward the sin present among them and take intentional actions to eliminate it.
The flash of anger at those who distorted His word of truth gives way to an appeal for faithfulness supported by divine promise to the one that conquers.
The one who overcomes will be given
a white stone, and on the stone a new name is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it.
A white stone with one’s name engraved on it was given as an admission to a feast. In the legal system, the drawing of a white stone was a symbol of acquittal. A white stone might be given to a freed slave as identification. Sometimes a white stone was given to the victor in a game or battle. Perhaps the meaning is a combination of all these things—an invitation to the heavenly banquet; freedom from guilt and punishment through the atonement of Jesus Christ; release from the enslavement of sin and the right to full citizenship in the kingdom of God; and the victorious celebration of eternity around the throne of God.
What are some lasting truths from Revelation 2:16-17?
>Even believers, when they sin against God, are to repent.
>The Lord will act in judgment against those who deny His name and defy His word of truth.
>Those who live victoriously in Christ shall be the beneficiaries of His provision and know the assurance of freedom He gives.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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