Surely this mention in Scripture, of Christians forsaking their first love, reproves those who speak of it with carelessness, and thus try to excuse indifference and sloth in themselves and others; our Saviour considers this indifference as sinful. 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. 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. It turns and cuts every way; but the believer need not fear this sword; yet this confidence cannot be supported without steady obedience. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. 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. Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he … 25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. (c) Smyrna was one of the cities of Ionia in Asia. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Christ commends their stedfastness, but reproves their sinful failures. King James Version Update. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. Looking for a fundamental understanding of the Bible? This is a figurative expression, taken from the account of the garden of Eden, denoting the pure, satisfactory, and eternal joys of heaven; and the looking forward to them in this world, by faith, communion with Christ, and the consolations of the Holy Spirit. Here is the promise of favour to those that overcome. God is known by the judgments he executes; and by this upon seducers, he shows his certain knowledge of the hearts of men, of their principles, designs, frame, and temper. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. Christ is displeased with his people, when he sees them grow remiss and cold toward him. It is dangerous to despise the mystery of God, and as dangerous to receive the mysteries of Satan. KJV W/ STRONGS BIBLE - REVELATION 2 PREVIOUS CHAPTER - NEXT CHAPTER - HELP - FB - TWITTER - GR VIDEOS - GR FORUMS - GR YOUTUBE . They grew wiser and better. 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. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. They must endeavour to recover their first zeal, tenderness, and seriousness, and must pray as earnestly, and watch as diligently, as when they first set out in the ways of God. Epistles to the churches in Asia, with warnings and encouragements, To the church at Ephesus; (1-7) at Smyrna; (8-11) at Pergamos; (12-17) and at Thyatira. ‘These things says # Rev. And though we must show all meekness to all men, yet we must show just zeal against their sins. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. The Christian life is a warfare against sin, Satan, the world, and the flesh. King James Version (KJV). 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. The introduction is taken out of Re 1:17,18. Chapter 2. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 2:2. Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. Spirit is slighted, we must never yield to our spiritual enemies, persuasions. 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