In Part 2 of The letter to the church in Thyatira, 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 had some good news for this church. And yet, there was also a very large run of verses after the word “nevertheless”. We’ll find out more about what that means.
I know your deeds,
your love and faith,
your service and perseverance,
Before we resume with the letter to the church in Thyatira, here’s the breakdown for this particular letter.
|To||the angel of the church in Thyatira|
|From||the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.|
|Divine Knowledge||I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.|
|But -||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. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.|
|So -||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. 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.
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):
Only hold on to what you have until I come.
|To those who overcome||To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—|
just as I have received authority from my Father.
I will also give him the morning star
|Hear||He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."|
Divine Knowledge of the church in Thyatira
I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
It’s very short. But seems to contain a lot. Deeds. Love. Faith. Service. Perseverance. And they’re doing more than they were previously. And yet, there’s the warning of the eyes and feet of Jesus hanging over them. Having noted that, there’s really not much to say about it.
Much which is seen in this church is praiseworthy. Works, love, faith, ministry, and patience are given special notice. The activity of the members was prompted by their love and faith—two prime Christian virtues—and manifested itself in ministry and patience. Ministry (diakonia) suggests the giving of oneself in service to others, in things both spiritual and material. Patience (hupomonē) speaks of persistent endurance in the face of hardship and opposition. These deeds of Christian service had shown an increase with the passing of the years.
It is noteworthy that in these addresses praise is more liberally given, if it can be given with justice, when blame is to follow; more is said of the good deeds of Ephesus and Thyatira than of those of the Smyrnaeans and Philadelphians, with whom no fault is found. Blaney, H. J. S. (1966). Revelation . In Hebrews-Revelation (Vol. 6, pp. 434–435). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Even here though, the presence of this good news may very well mean the bad news is that much worse. Sometimes good things come in small packages. And this is certainly a small “package” of words.
We’ll find out in the “But…” section if this small package to the letter to the church in Thyatira really is a good thing.
|↑1||Blaney, H. J. S. (1966). Revelation . In Hebrews-Revelation (Vol. 6, pp. 434–435). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.|