Proverbs 25:2 Ever have your computer just up and die? You can’t see inside, but inside are all of the bits and pieces that make it work. Just like some parts of a computer are concealed, God conceals some matters. One day we will see all things hidden since eternity past. God has his reasons known only unto Him as to why He has chosen to reveal or conceal. The “secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those that are revealed belong to us and our descendants forever,” [Deut 29:29] What we do know is this: God has given us all the evidence we need to believe who He is and who Christ is.
In Acts 1, the disciples asked Jesus if He was going to restore the kingdom of Israel. He responded you are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his authority. God has wisely chosen to reveal His creation, which is the revelation of His invisible attributes; his eternal power and divine nature. [Rom 1:20] Also, He has shown His Son Jesus Christ and the path to salvation. Proverbs remind us that it begins with a faith belief in our hearts. It is our belief, coupled with a confession that leads to salvation. [Rom 10:9-10]
The Bereans examined what Paul taught to see if it were so. We too should examine, search out, or investigate the matter before us. We have the inspired Word —let’s begin there.
The One who has the sharp two-edged sword speaks and says “remain faithful as Antipas.” [Revelation 2]
Just as then, today there are the faithful in their stand for Christ and do not deny the name of Christ. However, just as then, these had to navigate and choose the road that is narrow because they lived and moved amongst those who are part of the kingdom of darkness. The false teachers had infiltrated with and were accepting of immorality. They, like many today, were failing to rebuke these teachers who espoused false doctrine. Although still bearing the title of being Christ’s church they were not rebuking and removing these teachers. And unlike the church at Ephesus who hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans, this church was in danger of being like the frog placed in cold water which slowly dies when the heat is elevated. The danger is real and very present for these Pergamum believers and why Christ calls them to be like the Bereans to be discerning. Christ called them with His two-edged sword to repent and to remove the stumbling blocks that cause others to go astray.
Father God, today our churches are being assaulted by those who are the “pc” police. They seek to water down the truth of the gospel message and seek to cause our little ones to stumble. Give us Your spirit of discernment so that we may not compromise but be like Antipas who was faithful even to the point of death.