“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Through this week I’ll be posting and asking for comment about the messages that Jesus gave John to write to the churches in Revelation.
Today I’d like to discuss, through the comments on this post, the message that Jesus gave John to write to the church at Smyrna.
In chapter 2 we see the message to Smyrna with Jesus commenting on the things He is pleased with and the things which He holds against the church. Jesus also encourages the church to be faithful through tribulation that is about to come.
What themes do you see?
How do you see these themes occurring in churches today?
What challenges you personally when reading this message?
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this: ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.'”
Revelation 2:8-11 NASB