Thyatira is similar to Ephesus in that it was
obedient to God in some areas, but Thyatira was opposite in the direction it
went verses Ephesus with respect to its application of Biblical principle to
their daily life.
Here, Christ commends them for their daily efforts,
their works, which are consistent with Christian charity and duty. This is not limited to giving in charitable
ways, but in the general concept of good deeds, kindness and so forth.
However, sincerity and works are the result of Christian
growth and life, not the basis for it.
The Christina life is doctrine first, growth first,
and then the results of that growth (which must be sustained), then you have
the application to your daily life of the Christian principles that you have
Ephesus, lost track of their daily study of doctrine,
and they lost track of their Christian duty.
Their deeds decreased.
Thyatira, on the other hand, maintained their
works, and even increased in the quality and quantity of their works, but they
too lost track of their first priority, which is Bible study.
On the one hand Christ commends them for their
Christian kindness and attitude, and that is the commendation that they have
here. However, we will see that works do not constitute the Christian
life.Doctrine in the soul, by means of
a daily study, is the foundation of the Christian life, not deeds.
With deeds alone, then arrogance and human effort
enter into the picture and people begin to believe that they have earned their
Likewise, when deeds alone are emphasized and
doctrine is de-emphasized, then compromise into
non-Christian areas become unavoidable.
This is where the do-gooders sprout up and then all kinds of social programs
enter into life.Then over time, good
ideas become expected standards, and then those standards become laws and
suddenly people are criminals if they do not comply with the public will.
Deeds become accepted substitutes for ones daily
study, and then people do nothing but deeds of one sort or another. And their definition of deeds become broadened
and increased, and pretty soon almost anything one wants to do, is presumed as
doing work for Jesus.And it really is
doing work from the source of ones sin nature or
carnal life, or evil.
This is the state of Thyatira. They had lost their principle focus on
doctrine, as they increased their focus on busy body works.
And if you consider the time in which those folks
lived, life on a daily basis moved along pretty slow, so their opportunities
for drifting away from God and doctrine were certainly limited.
Today, and this is something that we need to
understand, that these letters to the churches of old, apply to us as well and
even more so, because even though we have more opportunity for Bible study in
our current day, there are also many more opportunities for drifting away from
And it is that drifting away, which is of extreme
importance.Why? Because, this is the study
of eschatology, which is the study of death and its aftermath, but more so the
study of life during the end times.
The end times embraces not only the seven years of
the Tribulation, but also the last generation of our current dispensation.
And why is that important?
Because as we have
already studied, there is going to arise in this world a great apostasy at the
end of our Church Age. It may span one or two or three generations,
but in the end, apostasy will grow rampantly and prior to the Rapture. That will be the principle reason as to why
the anti-christ will come into power immediately
after the Rapture.
Not all of the Christians were guilty of the
failures within these churches, but most were, therefore the discipline because
of the majority failure.
Therefore we too stand at risk of these same
issues, if people do not get their priorities for Bible study, in order.
We cannot change the overall course of history, but
we can change our own personal life. And hopfully
none of us will be a part of the historical filler that will cause the future
that is going to unfold.
John was told to write,
and he is writing the history that is going to occur. Therefore, this book among all of the books
of scripture, is of extreme importance, because we know in advance, we are
warned in advance, and we are given an out in advance. But unfortunately most folks will ignore
these things, and then what will happen …?