Every Christian belongs to one of the seven churches of Revelations. The Church of Smyrna (Revelations 2:8-11), is commended for being faithful. Listen to what the Lord Jesus has to say about Smyrna and examine yourself. God commends those who are faithful. This church is pleasing to God.
Revelation of Jesus:
Jesus says he is the first and last. He was dead and now he is alive. These statements reveal that Jesus is the giver of eternal life. Just as he rose from the grave those who trust and serve him will also rise from the grave.
Jesus knows all things the church in Smyrna bears. They have great works, tribulation, and poverty. But…Jesus says they are rich…rich in the true treasures of faith. He also knows about the blasphemy of others. He knows everything that the church in Smyrna suffers.
The Church of Smyrna is going to suffer. Some will be in prison and some will die for their faith. This will test and try them mightily but Christ is with them.
Jesus tells those of the Church of Smyrna to fear not. If they remain faithful unto death they will receive a crown of life. This is one of only two churches that are pleasing to God and receive a crown. They will receive a better resurrection. Suffering for Christ is the highest calling of any believer, (see Acts 5:41 and Hebrews 11:35).
There is no judgment or condemnation of any kind for those in the Church of Smyrna. They have the true riches of suffering for Christ. Those who suffer for the name of Jesus Christ will receive a better resurrection. Be encouraged all Christians that are suffering for the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. You will be rewarded. Suffering for Christ is temporary, but the rewards are eternal.
God encourages us to listen. He says, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches…”
Those who are called to suffer for Christ will never suffer hurt. Death cannot harm those who suffer for Christ, for those who die in him. His grace will keep all those who suffer for his name.
Let us pray for all who are counted worthy to suffer for Christ. Let us encourage them in their suffering. Fear not brothers and sisters in Christ that suffer. Jesus will come for you with great reward!
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