Lesson Scriptures: Revelation 2:12-17
Key Lesson Theme: “Uncompromising with Truth”
Today's Lesson: Tuesday, June 15
12 “Write to the angel of the church in Pergamum: Thus says the one who has the sharp, double-edged sword:
13 I know where you live—where Satan’s throne is. Yet you are holding on to my name and did not deny your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness who was put to death among you, where Satan lives.
Once again, we are reminded of the need for faithful church messengers (pastors) to receive a word from the Lord and then faithfully share it with those for whom they provide caring leadership. Every pastor surely desires to be considered worthy of such a responsibility.
In Revelation 1:16, John said in his description of the Lord, “out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword.” Similar words are used again in this self-identifying statement of the Lord. Summers writes: “This may have a twofold symbolism. It may picture his ability to protect them [the believers] even in the midst of persecution and where martyrs are falling. It may also symbolize the power of discerning judgment.”1 When we read the words, we also may think of Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” What Christ had to say would coincide well with that declaration.
Then comes the commendation, introduced as in the previous letters with I know. He is fully aware; He is not dealing with hearsay. He would know their actions, deeds, and things done. We deceive ourselves if we think the Lord does not know the things we do.
Being loyal and faithful in hypothetical situations is one thing. It is an entirely different and more serious matter to be loyal and faithful in the actual circumstances of severe trial. The Christians at Pergamos were not just being faithful under the threat or potential of martyrdom. They were doing so even as it occurred around them.
What are some lasting truths from Revelation 2:12-13?
>The Lord speaks a powerful word that protects His people and pronounces judgment on those who oppose Him.
>We can be encouraged that the Lord knows where we are and what is taking place in our lives.
>The Lord commends those who stand boldly for Him and remain faithful even during times of challenge.
>Even though they remain faithful to His name, God’s children are not assured of a life of ease; however, they do have the hope of eternity.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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