by Kristen C. Strocchia
“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, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’ To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations–that one will, ‘rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’–just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 2:24-29
Here we learn a little more about this so-called Jezebel in the Thyatiran church. Her teachings appear to be similar to a later Gnosticism teaching that espoused experiencing the deep evil of Satan in order to know how to defeat him. This false prophetess, however, likely used the phrase deep secrets to lead fellow church members to believe that she had a more intimate knowledge of God and His will for the church, one that said that they didn’t have to alienate themselves from local civic and commercial life even though much of these happenings occurred in the pagan temples in conjunction with reprehensible acts.
It was a tantalizing teaching. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have the blessings and eternal security of Jesus, but also be free to make a livelihood and maybe even rise to a position of influence? It’s not that Jesus was against either of these things. On the contrary, the scriptures say much about working as unto the Lord and providing for the needs of self, family and even others. Scriptures also encourage us to be an influential light wherever God plants us.
But not if it means compromise. Not if it means being a Christian in name only and participating in godless cultural practices in order to attain local civic and commercial success.
Jesus recognizes that the believers at Thyatira already had the truth. He encourages them just to hold onto this truth, without wavering under the social pressures. And if they were victorious in this, clinging to God’s will in all things, He would give them authority over nations and the morning star. The authority quote refers back to Psalms 2:8-9. A Psalm of David. A picture of Jesus establishing his reign over every nation, even those who oppose Him–His enemies. The morning star also refers to Jesus [Revelation 22:16]. So God promises all those who hold faithfully to the truth–uncompromised–that they will have Jesus, salvation. Righteousness. Eternal life.
Today, we have received this same truth that the Thyatiran Christians had. The Bible is God’s Holy Word. But the world is still asking us to compromise. Go to church, but then hang out with your buddies wherever they go and whatever they do as well. Read the Bible, but then also imbibe any and all media without worry about God’s view of the contents. Love Jesus, but be your own God–do whatever feels good and right to you. The temptations can be subtle, but the consequences will not be.
Do you know the truth of God’s Word? Are you standing daily on His righteous commands?