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  1. Jean says:

    “The believers in Smyrna are said to be poor yet rich.”

    Their riches lie in fact that they have an ear (i.e., faith) and receive God’s gifts and promises. “he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.”

    The “rich” in Smyrna are yet poor. They do not have an ear to hear. They do not receive the treasures that only God gives. “They have received their reward.” “Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things”

    Another great lesson, MLD. May Jesus preserve the churches of this day who fit the pattern of the church in Smyrna.

  2. The willingness of early believers to take up their cross was not some spiritual exercise,but a commitment to die for the sake of His kingdom in opposition to the Roman kingdom. This all changed when the Church was married to the earthly kingdom.

  3. John 20:29 says:

    i would disagree with Richard H’s observation @ 2 to this extent, the Church has never married the earthly kingdom… churches as organizations led by non God-fearing self important men have tried to meld and compromise the economy of God with the here and now.
    The goal of the Believer is to discover how God thinks. We make a mistake, we all do it especially yours truly, when we try to impose human wisdom on the mystery and genius of our Creator (and Judge in the last day).
    Mankind is lost – souls wandering, wandering in all sorts of situations that earth imposes, but The Church is composed of souls that have been returned to their Creator – bought and paid for by God, Himself – think about taking something away from Him… that just doesn’t make sense.
    thank you for making me think on it this morning 🙂

  4. Jean says:

    Richard at #2 makes an excellent point. Just before I read your comment, I read the following in the commentary of James Montgomery Boice:

    “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12

    “When Martin Luther was making his way to Augsburg to appear before Cardinal Cajetan, who had summoned him to answer for his heretical opinions, one of the Cardinal’s servants taunted him, asking, ‘Where will you find shelter if your patron, the Elector of Saxony, should desert you?’

    ‘Under the shelter of heaven,’ Luther answered.”

  5. bob1 says:

    #1

    “May Jesus preserve the churches of this day who fit the pattern of the church in Smyrna.”

    I’d like to think that God’s grace in Christ covers all who belong to His church. After all, it is His bride.

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    bob1,
    You may wish to explain your thought further, but if you read the warnings in Rev 2&3 you will note that Jesus makes threats against his unfaithful church. Among several, he threatens to take away their lampstand and against one church he threatens to “come against” them. (How would you like Jesus coming against you?)

    They are still his churches, but they may not be for long. Faithful churches of today, who model Jesus like Smyna need our prayers.

  7. John 20:29 says:

    There is a difference between God’s creation and His child …
    See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God and so we are. The reason that the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1. great chapter to ponder, but off topic
    As children we will never be abandoned, but there is much to learn, it is true…. an unspeakable gift, indeed

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