And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, “These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword.” Revelation 2:12
Wow, what an intimidating greeting. Why did Jesus introduce Himself to the church in Pergamos as “He who has the sharp two-edged sword”? The sin that the church in Pergamos struggled with most was the sin of compromise. Although Jesus commended them for holding fast to His name and not denying the faith, He was greatly displeased they had allowed the unhealthy practices of the culture around them to seep into their church.
Because Pergamos had been the capital city of the province of Asia for over 300 years when John wrote to them, their pride in their city was firmly established. Not wanting to be ostracized from their sophisticated culture, people in the church were doing such things as attending feasts at pagan temples and committing acts of sexual immorality. Satan knew he was going to do no damage to this church by approaching them as a roaring lion - they had been victorious over that type of attack - so instead he approached them as a slithering serpent. By approaching them like this he was able to get the church to compromise in small ways, knowing the harm done would only continue to grow.
This is why compromise is dangerous. It can be so subtle it is almost impossible to detect. Once we’re made aware of it, it’s already too late because the damage has been done. Left to itself, compromise will always lead to death. There’s only one thing that can save us - the sharp two-edged sword of Christ. What exactly is this two-edged sword? Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Right now there could easily be compromise existing in our lives that we’re completely unaware of. What is wonderful about the two-edged sword of Christ is that it has two functions. Not only does it reveal where compromise exists in us, but it also follows through and cuts it out of us. All we need to do is surrender and allow Him to do His work in us. It may be extremely uncomfortable at first, but once He’s done He heals us, restores us and leads us in the way of His everlasting life.
Join us this evening at 7pm as we open Revelation 2:12-17 to hear what Jesus wants to say to “The Compromising Church”.
God bless you all and hope to see you then!