In Part 3 of The letter to the church in Pergamum, we’ll look at the “But …” section. Usually, this is not good news for the receiving church. Often, it’s a caveat that goes along with the Divine Knowledge. In this case, it has something to do with Jesus saying, I know where you live — where Satan has his throne … — where Satan lives. Is that as bad as it sounds? Let’s find out!
False Teachers and Their Destruction
For the church in Pergamum, being where Satan lives and has his throne means there will be plenty of false teachers and false prophets. The question remains for this study though – were Jesus’ words a reminder, a warning or a wake-up call?
The same is true for us. In a way, these words are for all of us. Remember what Jesus said about Satan and this world. The entire passage is important for us to remember and to live out. It’s full of important things for us – the Holy Spirit, living as Jesus taught us, not being afraid, having peace. And for this topic, especially verses 30 and 31 at the end, regarding the prince of this world – Satan.
Don’t relentlessly collaborate as a “thing” for successful people seems to be at odds with being a successful Christian. After all, what about church? Bible study? Small groups? Christian community? Aren’t those all important things for a Christian? In fact, these Christian community meetings are so important, the author of Hebrews wrote about it in a passage the NIV titles A Call to Persevere.
But ultimately, for a Christian the key to success is knowing the difference between someone who can help us lead the kind of life taught by Jesus and led by the Holy Spirit, and someone who leads a life taught from the ideas of man rather than God.