Do not be afraid because of them! That might sound good. But who said it? Who was it said to? Does it apply to us? And who is “them”? Who is it that we shouldn’t be afraid of? Oh yeah – why shouldn’t we be afraid? These are all good questions. Will we ask them? Or will we just run with the statement not to be afraid? Especially if we’re Christian and we know this comes from the Bible!
If Christians are a new creation, why isn’t everything perfect? I ask the question because of today’s Verse of the Day, from YouVersion. It says we are a new creation. The old is gone. The new is here. It sounds so exciting! So how come things aren’t perfect? For that matter, how come little or nothing seems to have changed? Is the verse wrong?
In Part 5 of The letter to the church in Pergamum, we see the conclusion of this letter. It includes what I’ve called the “Hear” section, which is almost always identical in both words and placement in all seven letters. For the church in Pergamum, whether the people in the church will receive some hidden manna, or not.
In Part 4 of The letter to the church in Pergamum, we’ll look at the “So …” section. As in, so what’s next? In this letter, the next thing is to get an answer to the question we still had at the end of part 3, regarding whether Jesus’ words, Yet you remain true to my name, were for everyone or just for some people in the church.
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!
In Part 2 of The letter to the church in Pergamum, we’ll look at the Divine Knowledge. The things Jesus knows about the church. Usually, this is good news for the receiving church. However, that’s not always the case. Jesus told the church in Pergamum that He has I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. That sounds bad. But is it?
We move on to the third of the seven letters in Revelation. This time the letter to the compromising church in Pergamum – also called Pergamos in some translations. Jesus has good things to say about the church in Pergamum. And some things that aren’t good. Given the warnings though, it seems like more bad news than good. We’ll see if that’s the case. Just how bad is the compromising?
In this section of The letter to the church in Smyrna, we’ll look at the conclusion for the church in Smyrna. It includes what I’ve called the “Hear” section, which is almost always identical in both words and placement in all seven letters. Hearing, or not, leads to avoiding the second death, or not..