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Faithful Unto Death Revelation 2:8-11. Popular Phrase  Mentioned as necessary to salvation  Feel intimidated?  Believe it to be impossible?

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1 Faithful Unto Death Revelation 2:8-11

2 Popular Phrase  Mentioned as necessary to salvation  Feel intimidated?  Believe it to be impossible?

3 The Church in Smyrna  Last choice for many Ephesus left its first love (2:4) Ephesus left its first love (2:4) Pergamos tolerated error (2:14) Pergamos tolerated error (2:14) Thyatira tolerated immorality (2:20) Thyatira tolerated immorality (2:20) Sardis existed in name only (3:1, 2) Sardis existed in name only (3:1, 2) Laodicea was lukewarm (3:15, 16) Laodicea was lukewarm (3:15, 16)

4 Nature of The Persecution  Source was religious Oppressors were Jews (v. 9) Oppressors were Jews (v. 9) Thought they were saved (Galatians 3:27-29; 5:16) Thought they were saved (Galatians 3:27-29; 5:16) Belonged to Satan (John 9:44) Belonged to Satan (John 9:44)

5 Nature of The Persecution  Character was severe Tribulation, poverty, blasphemy, reviling, and imprisonment Tribulation, poverty, blasphemy, reviling, and imprisonment Corrupt religion has no sympathy for others (vv. 9, 10) Corrupt religion has no sympathy for others (vv. 9, 10) Will persecute but not debate (2 Corinthians 11:24, 25) Will persecute but not debate (2 Corinthians 11:24, 25)

6 Nature of The Persecution  Duration was short “Ten days” (v. 10) “Ten days” (v. 10) God will intervene to spare them at some point God will intervene to spare them at some point Worth it all (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18) Worth it all (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18)

7 Nature of The Persecution  Result was refinement Allows persecution (Job 1:9-12) Allows persecution (Job 1:9-12) Refining process (v. 10; Hebrews 5:7, 8) Refining process (v. 10; Hebrews 5:7, 8) Jesus is not just “interesting” Jesus is not just “interesting” Forces us off the fence (Matthew 12:30) Forces us off the fence (Matthew 12:30)

8 Four Things We Need  Courage “Fear none of these things” (v. 10) “Fear none of these things” (v. 10) God supplies courage (Acts 20:22-24) God supplies courage (Acts 20:22-24)

9 Four Things We Need  Faithfulness Under pressure to give up (v. 10) Under pressure to give up (v. 10) Remember Jesus (1 Timothy 6:13) Remember Jesus (1 Timothy 6:13)

10 Four Things We Need  Perseverance Not “until” we die (v. 10) Not “until” we die (v. 10) Will we ever sin as a Christian? Will we ever sin as a Christian? Seek forgiveness (James 5:16; 1 John 1:7-9) Seek forgiveness (James 5:16; 1 John 1:7-9) Those who will not live for Jesus, would not die for Him. Those who will not live for Jesus, would not die for Him.

11 Four Things We Need  View of eternity Crown of life awaits (v. 10) Crown of life awaits (v. 10) God’s promises are sure (v. 8; James 1:12) God’s promises are sure (v. 8; James 1:12) Avoid the second death. (v. 11; 21:8) Avoid the second death. (v. 11; 21:8) Born once, die twice; born twice, die once Born once, die twice; born twice, die once

12 Conclusion  Have you been born again?  Will you live for Jesus


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