DIGGING DEEP 241
THE BOOK OF REVELATION – PART 6
In the last part of this series, we saw how it is possible to serve the Lord mechanically while one’s love for Him has waxed cold. We also saw that the solution to the problem is to repent and start all over again. Today, we wish to consider the letter to the second church, the one at Smyrna, one of the two churches that Christ gad nothing against. May the Lord continue to bless us mightily as we study in Jesus Name. Amen
- DIVINE DEFINITION OF WEALTH IS DIFFERENT FROM HUMAN’S
Smyrna was the loveliest of all the cities of Asia. It was built, destroyed and then rebuilt which was probably why the Risen Christ introduced Himself to them as he who “was dead and is alive”. It was not easy to be a Christian in Smyrna. Tribulations, poverty and serious persecution from Jews and Gentle alike were the orders of the day. Yet the Lord considered the Christians here as very rich people.
Rev. 2:8-11; Luke 6:20:21; 11 Cor. 6:10; Jam. 2:5; Acts 13:50; Acts 14:2,5; Acts 14:19; Acts 17:5; Num. 16:3; Num. 20:4;
2. THE CROWN OF LIFE IS THE REWARD FOR MARTYRS
The risen Christ had experienced the worst and triumphed over death and pain. He demands loyalty unto death because He had been loyal to the death on the cross. He was rewarded for His loyalty to His Father, and so will He reward those who are loyal to Him unto death with crowns of life.
Heb. 4:14-16; Rom. 8:35-37; Luke 22:41-42; Phil. 2:8; 1 Pet. 2:21; Phil. 2:9-11; Jam. 1:12; 1 Cor. 9:25; Rev. 20:14; Rev. 21:8; Rev. 20:6,