Rev. Dr. Christian Preus, pastor at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church and School in Casper, WY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Revelation 2:8-11.
In His letter to the church in Smyrna, Jesus identifies Himself as the first and the last, the Crucified and Risen Savior. He knows the tribulation that the church in Smyrna has endured at the hands of both Romans and Jews; this was evidenced in the life and martyrdom of Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna. Jesus calls His people in Smyrna away from their fear, for their tribulation will last only a short time. Those who are faithful unto death will receive the crown of life and will not be hurt by the second death. For all those who have ear to hear, the words of Jesus to the church in Smyrna bring hope and comfort.
“Come Lord Jesus!” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Revelation given to St. John. Although some look at Revelation with fear, it is a book of supreme hope in our crucified, risen, and ascended Lord. The book of Revelation gives a heavenly perspective on our earthly circumstances so that the Church in every generation is challenged, comforted, and assured of final victory through Jesus Christ.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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To the Church in Smyrna
8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
9 “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander[a] of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
- Revelation 2:9 Greek blasphemy
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. esv.org