Summary: Jesus reprimanded the Thyatiran church for tolerating worldly prophetic influences in their church. The Christian church should never tolerate contrary/opposing prophetic influences. What does Christian tolerance tolerate? Part 1 of a 2-part sermon.
CHRISTIAN TOLERANCE—Revelation 2:18-29
The world tells us to be more tolerant...of this, that & the other.
Jesus reprimanded the Thyatiran church for tolerating worldly prophetic influences in their church.
The Christian church should never tolerate contrary/opposing prophetic influences.
What does Christian tolerance tolerate?
Possessions of God accepted by Christian tolerance.
1—Christian tolerance accepts
THE SON OF GOD(:18)
:18—“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, & His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:”
“Of God”—He is singularly(the) both 1)100% Divine & 2)100% Human.
?Why/how is this title pertinent to Thyatira’s condition?—To remind Thyatira that Jesus’authority exceeds & supplants all others including the ‘prophetess’ Jezebel.
Jn. 5:26-27—“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; & He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.”
Jn. 20:31—“but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; & that believing you may have life in His name.”
“Like a flame of fire”
—Penetrating—Separating— Judging— Wrathful.
—Knows everything about me...Failure— Obedience— Commitment.
“Like burnished bronze”—Unapproachable strength & judgment—Uphold His sovereign desire & eradicate what is undesirable.
1:15—“When it has been caused to glow in a furnace”—Emphasis on glowing aspect of molten metal.
Christians accept these facts about Jesus...that the Lamb has become the High priest, Chief shepherd & King of kings.
Jn. 1:18—“No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”
Jn. 3:16—“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
Parable of the landowner—Mat. 21:33-44—Tolerate the son because he does his father’s will.
?You Tolerant of the SON of GOD?
?Your Tolerance Christian Tolerance?
2—Christian tolerance accepts
THE DISCIPLINES OF GOD(:19)
:19—“‘I know your deeds, & your love & faith & service & perseverance, & that your deeds of late are greater than at first.”
“Deeds”—ergon—Business, Employment, Occupation, Acts, Thing done, Works. General term for work.
“Love”—agaph—Affection, Love. Stronger than to like.
“Faith”—pistiV—Faith, Conviction of a the truth of something/one.
“Service”—diakonia—Aid, Service, Attendance to, To Minister
“Perseverance”—upomonh—Patience, Steadfastness, Continuance, Endurance.
“Of late”—Latest in succession. Current “deeds” are “greater” than their “first” deeds. “Of late”—Latest in succession.
“Greater”—Greater/Better in quantity &/or quality. Thyatira has progressed in their maturity & Christian witness.
2Tim. 1:7—“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power & love & discipline.”
2Tim. 3:16-17—“All Scripture is inspired by God & profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”