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Sunday, March 12th, 2017 - AM - Purity Is Power, Part 2 (Rev. 2:24-29)

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Revelation 2:18–29 KJV 1900
And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Introduction:

Main Thought: Protect yourself from becoming corrupted by carnality and pursue purity constrained by Christ's compassion.
Sub-intro:
Body:

I. A Pastor Commended by Christ (Rev. 2:18-19).

A. Attributes of Christ & His Local Church (Rev. 2:18).

Revelation 2:18 KJV 1900
And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
1. The Servants of God in Thyatira (v. 18a)
2. The Son of God (v. 18b).
a. His Piercing Eyes
b. His Punishing Feet

B. Acknowledgments by Christ (Rev. 2:19).

Revelation 2:19 KJV 1900
I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
1. A Working, Loving, Serving, Believing, Enduring, Hard Working Pastor (v. 19a).
2. A Pastor Who Wants His Last Works to Be His Best Works (v. 19b).

II. A Pastor Corrupted By Carnality (Rev. 2:20-23).

A. The Lord Says, "Because..." (Rev. 2:20-21).

1. The Lustful Suffering of Jezebel (v. 20).
Revelation 2:20 KJV 1900
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
a. The Dangers of Role-Reversal - Teaching God's Servants to Sin
b. The Dangers of a Self-proclaimed Prophet - Leading God's Servants into Idolatry
2. The Longsuffering of Jesus (v. 21).
Revelation 2:21 KJV 1900
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
a. The Lord Gives "Space to Repent"
b. Lustful Rebellion Refuses to Repent

B. The Lord Says, "Behold..." (Rev. 2:22-23).

1. The Casting of Sin's Consequences (v. 22).
Revelation 2:22 KJV 1900
Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
a. Gross Disease - The Bed of Sin Becomes the Bed of Sickness (v. 22a).
b. Great Distress - The Adulterers Afflictions - Lamentable Distress (v. 22b).
c. Grievous Death - The Wages of Sin Is Death (v. 22c).
2. What the Churches Shall Know (v. 23).
Revelation 2:23 KJV 1900
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
a. Their Omniscience Judge (v. 23a).
b. His Objective Justice (v. 23b).

III. A Purity Constrained By Compassion (Rev. 2:24-25).

A. The Faithful Remnant (Rev. 2:24).

Revelation 2:24 KJV 1900
But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
1. Where They Are: (v. 24a)
a. Among the Lord's Local Churches in General
b. Within the Lord's Local Church in Particular
2. How They Are Discerned: (v. 24b)
a. Not Deviating in THIS Doctrine (see above)
b. Not Delving the Depths of the Devil

B. Encouraged to Remain Faithful (Rev. 2:25).

Revelation 2:25 KJV 1900
But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
1. True to the Sacred Scriptures (v. 25a).
2. True till His Second Coming (v. 25b).

IV. A Power Crowning the Conqueror (Rev. 2:26-29).

A. The Condition - (Rev. 2:26a).

Revelation 2:26 KJV 1900
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
1. Keep on Overcoming
2. Keep on Keeping Christ's Works Till the End

B. The Crown (Rev. 2:26b-27).

Revelation 2:27 KJV 1900
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
1. Its Significance - POWER (v. 26b).
2. Its Shepherding - ROD (v. 27a).
3. Its Source - The FATHER (v. 27b).

C. Christ Himself - The Morning Star (Rev. 2:28).

Revelation 2:28 KJV 1900
And I will give him the morning star.

Conclusion:

Revelation 2:29 KJV 1900
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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