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Summary: The message to the 7 churches of Revelation are as pertinent today as it was when it was written. We all should learn as the LORD points out the flaws in the Church that needs attention. Pray for our nation, as we desperately need the LORD!

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2012.08.19.Sermon. Pergamos

William Akehurst, HSWC

No Compromise Faith. Keep pure and to God’s Word.

The message to the 7 churches of Revelation are as pertinent today as it was when it was written. We all should learn as the LORD points out the flaws in the Church that needs attention. Pray for our nation, as we desperately need the LORD!

Revelation 2:11-17

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 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 written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

-We live in a corrupt world (Satan’s seat) Pergamos was the place of Zeus

-Live above the Temptation

-Don’t be a hindrance or stumblingblock to others, corrupting others.

-Keep the faith, pure and simple.

-There is reward

Each address to the 7 churches follows a simple pattern:

Introduction, Commendation, Reproof, Admonition, Warning, Application

INTRODUCTION - The sharp sword with two edges is "the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God."

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The 2 edged sword cuts two ways. One way is for conviction, the other is for destruction. With one edge Christ fights for us, with the other against us. The Church of Pergamos is threatened that unless it repents the sharp sword with two edges will be turned against it.

COMMENDATION – I know your works

You’ve held fast to my name and have not denied the faith

I know where you live. It’s a bad place.

Heralded by Jesus Himself in this Revelation, Antipas was the first martyr of the Christians by the Romans. Jesus commends Anitpas as one who overcame, even unto death.

Anipas’ testimony did not reach the thousands as Paul’s did, Anitpas’ testimony was only in Pergamos. (be effective where you are)

Illustration:

What would you do if you were the only Christian in your circle of influence?

If you are the only Christian in the shop, the store, or the office where you work, a peculiar: responsibility rests upon you, a responsibility which no other one shares with you. You are Christ's only witness in your place. If you do not testify there for Him, there is no other one who will do it.


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