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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 2 of a 2-part sermon.

CHRISTIAN TOLERANCE-II—Revelation 2:18-29

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.

Christian tolerance accepts the...

1. SON of God(:18)

2. DISCIPLINE of God(:19)

3. INTOLERANCE of God(:20-23a)

4. CONCERN / CARE of God(:23b)

5—Christian tolerance accepts

THE REMNANT/REST OF GOD(:24-25)

—Explanation:(:24-25) Faithful

:24—“‘But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them--I place no other burden on you.”

:25—“‘Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.”

?What do “the rest” have that the others don’t?

Jesus

“Hold fast”—kratew—Have power over; Take possession of; To hold in the hand or restrain. Sense of power & might.

“Until I come”—hkw—To be present or to have arrived

1Pet. 1:10-11—“As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.”

2Tim. 1:8-10—“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,”

—Argumentation:

Mat. 7:13-14—“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.

Rom. 9:27-29; 10:9-10, 13—“And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED; FOR THE LORD WILL EXECUTE HIS WORD UPON THE EARTH, THOROUGHLY AND QUICKLY.” And just as Isaiah foretold, “EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH HAD LEFT TO US A POSTERITY, WE WOULD HAVE BECOME AS SODOM, AND WOULD HAVE RESEMBLED GOMORRAH.””....“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”....“for “WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.””

—Illustration:

Remnants of clothes/Garment destroyed bu remnant is given new life/REMNANT of God

Patchwork Quilt/Remnants of clothing/Incorporated into quilt making a beautiful work of art/REMNANT of God

—Application:

?You Tolerant of the REMNANT of GOD?

?Your Tolerance Christian Tolerance?

6—Christian tolerance accepts

THE RULE OF GOD(:26-27)

—Explanation:(:26-27)

:26—“‘And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS;”

Ps. 2:8—“‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Thy possession.”

:27—“AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father;”

Ps. 2:9—“‘Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron, Thou shalt shatter them like earthenware.’””

“RULE”—poimainw—Feed, Tend a flock or Pasture sheep. A strong sense of nourishment implied. The noun form—poimhn—Shepherd or pastor.

—Argumentation:

1Cor. 6:2-3—“Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, matters of this life?”

—Illustration:

Debit Card/Visa/Accepted worldwide/Rule of Visa/RULE of God

U.S. Trade Standards/Equivalence/RULE of God

—Application:

?You Tolerant of the RULE of GOD?

?Your Tolerance Christian Tolerance?

7—Christian tolerance accepts

THE PROMISE OF GOD(:28-29)

—Explanation:(:28-29)

:28—“and I will give him the morning star.”

Promise of sun rise/Hope/Life

Promise of a brighter day—Perfection

1Jn. 3:2-3—“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

2Cor. 4:16-18; 5:1—“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”....“For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

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