Revelation 2:18-29: “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, I will not impose any other burden on you: 25 Only hold on to what you have until I come.
26 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations — 27 ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’ — just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
First of all, we remember that John is simply a secretary who writes what Jesus is telling him to these seven churches. He is not saying what he thinks about them but only what the Holy Spirit says Christ is saying. Then we see that Jesus’ eyes are like blazing fire that can go through anything. I find that sometimes I look at myself and I’m not too bad, but then a thought pops up that should not be there. Those blazing eyes of our Lord immediately see that thought and judge it. He knows us and understands us better than we do ourselves, so when He brings a sin or even a mistaken idea to our minds, we need to confess it and ask forgiveness.
This church, like the others, did many things right, and our loving Father always recognizes both what we do well and what we do wrong. He is well pleased with the ways we obey Him. These people loved the Lord and were faithful to Him and had persevered through whatever suffering. Now they served in more ways than they had when the church was established. That’s what we all need to be doing, isn’t it? Growing in our service to God as we mature in the faith.
However, they had a major problem. One of the prominent women of the church taught that some sins were ok. If you killed someone or stole from them, that was definitely wrong, but since the culture found nothing illicit about sexual sins, the woman taught they were ok. Sounds a lot like our own culture, doesn’t it? God’s Word never changes, however, whatever the culture we live in accepts. So many in our churches, and even some churches themselves, compromise so much with the worldly culture that it’s hard to tell the difference.
But we must watch out for sins besides these two mentioned. When looking deeply into our own hearts, we might never think about sinning sexually, but what if we cheated on our income tax – just a little, mind you; and the government uses our taxes for some things we don’t like anyway, so we’ll just withhold a part. Or perhaps we bring home supplies from the office, thinking that’s a big company spending huge bucks; they’ll never notice what we took. How often do we gossip about people or judge them if they don’t measure up to our standards? Do we know their situation? Perhaps if we did, it would make a huge difference.
Because she had the same kind of spirit as the queen of Ahab in 1 Kings, the woman called Jezebel had the opportunity to repent but did not. She simply wanted her way rather than God’s. He also gives us a chance to repent of whatever sin He shows us. If we want to continue to be in fellowship with our Lord, then we must. Otherwise, that sin hinders us from hearing his voice and creates a greater and greater barrier until our hearts become hard against Him.
Jesus encourages the rest of the congregation that does not participate in these sins to keep on keeping on with what they had been doing. The morning star Jesus promised these is Himself, according to Revelation 22:16. What more can we ask for than Jesus Himself? Although we’ll have Him in a much fuller way in heaven, we already have His spirit dwelling within us. Have we recently told our Savior thank you that the Holy Spirit lives within us and guides us?
Philippians 3:12-14: Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.