2018-05-24 / Worship

To the angel in Pergamos

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Revelation 2:12-17)

Jesus writes to the angel of the church in Pergamos, “Jesus is the one who has the sword with two edges.” (verse 1) He is able to discern the good and evil in the hearts of the people. He can make judgements concerning our lives. We all need a Saviour and Lord who can do this for us. We need Jesus to be the Lord of our lives so that we can walk the straight and narrow way that will bless us as we fellowship with God in our churches.

Concerning the church in Pergamos, Jesus says, “I know thou works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is.” (verse 13a) Jesus is letting us know that our churches are not perfect. The devil hates Jesus and he wants to hinder God’s work by getting into the fellowship of our churches. This happens over the span of years. We are not a perfect people. Jesus says, “But thou holdest fast my faith, even in those days when my faithful ones were slain among you while fighting the evil of Satan. Over the years the growth of Jesus’ church has come upon hard times, and our history records those times, but we must remain faithful.

Jesus reminds us of the times liken unto Balaam doctrine that caused Balac to cast stumbling blocks before the children of Israel, and caused them to eat sacrifices unto idols, and to commit fornication. (verse 14)

With these reminders, Jesus lets us know that our churches have not been perfect over the years. But we can correct these wrongs by repenting and fighting our battles against evil with the sword of our teachings. (verse 15)

Jesus warns us and urges us to “Repent or else I will come quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” (verse 16) This means the Holy Spirit of God who dwells in and among us in our churches.

Then Jesus gives us the answer to all our shortcomings we find in our churches. Jesus says, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (verse 17)

Jesus is letting us know that we, in our churches, need the anointing power of God’s Holy Spirit that will make us faithful to our God.

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