Saturday, 7 February 2015

Thyatira – the Polluted Church

“These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze” (Revelation 2: 18)

“I’m looking for the perfect church,” someone was reputed to have said to the celebrated Baptist preacher, C.H. Spurgeon.

“Well, when you find it,” replied Spurgeon, “let me know. But don’t join it – or you’ll spoil it!”

Every church is imperfect, just as the church was in Thyatira – to which was addressed this inspired message from the glorified Christ, through the apostle John’s writings in the book of Revelation. There was a problem woman in Thyatira’s church – tolerated as a member of the fellowship, but seen by the blazing, all-seeing eyes of Christ (v. 18) as a repeat figure of the notorious Baal-worshipping Jezebel of Old Testament times (1 Kings 21:25).

She had evidently set herself up as some kind of prophetess, and had gained some influence among the believers. False teaching and idolatrous, immoral behaviour were causing havoc in the church. Those who joined with her would ultimately be overthrown along with her.

But the ‘overcomers’ (v.26) had a two-fold promise coming their way. They would share in the messianic rule of Christ (v. 27 is a quotation from the messianic Psalm 2) – and they would receive ‘the morning star.’

What is this star? We do not usually have to look outside the Bible for the right interpretation; the Bible interprets itself. Revelation 22: 16 gives us the identification. The ‘Morning Star’ is Christ Himself!

More of Christ…. Could there be a greater reward for enduring faithfulness?