SERMON CRUMBS for Revelation chapters 2 and 3
“I will come” (2:5,16;3:3) Not every New Testament reference to our Lord’s coming refers to his second advent at the end of history. Jesus comes to his church throughout history, and in Revelation 2 and 3 this is a sobering warning that he will come to discipline us if we don’t shape up.
“Yet you are rich” (2:9) This church didn’t have a lot of money, but they were “rich toward God: (Luke 12:21), “rich in faith” (James 2:5), “rich in good deeds” (1 Timothy 6:18), and had “treasure in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20). They proved Paul right when he said it’s possible to be poor yet possess everything (2 Corinthians 6:10).
Synagogue of Satan” (2:9) Some of the Jews in Smyrna proved by their hatred of Christians that though they were God’s people racially they were not God’s people spiritually. Their actions showed them to be in Satan’s camp. Romans 2:28 says “A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly.”
*The end of the sermon was cut short in recording.