Monday, March 28, 2011

Revelation 2

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

This is "to the churches" and not just this one church.  These words are intended to be heard, received and heeded. 

To the one who conquers or To him who overcomes...

A massive war is waged in which one must endure and conquer in order to receive the rewards listed: 
  • to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God, 
  • not be hurt by the second death, 
  • I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it,
  • (this one is preceded with enduring until victory and keeping His commands until the end)   I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.
  • (from chapter 3) will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
  •  I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. 
  • I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 
  Lord, Thank You for this section of Your glorious Word.  Please do Your work to  make me one that has ears to hear.  Then, let me hear, tune my heart, ears, mind and spirit to You that I would clearly receive and obey Your words.  Let them marinade in me so that they cause the change You intend  - Your Word does not return void.  Help me to overcome, to endure til victory, keeping Your deeds triumphantly and faithfully.  I admit, I don't really understand what all this means; but You said it, I receive it and I gratefully expect it.  You are God.  Alone.  Praise You.

1 comment:

  1. To be faithful in all things that are of God, and Amen to that, that we all pray to stay close and faithful.