20 Nevertheless I have [k]a few things against you, because you allow [l]that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, [m]to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to [n]repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation unless they repent of [o]their deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches[p] the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
As with the three previous churches, Jesus begins the letter to the church in Thyatira by introducing himself. He says he is the Son of God referring to his place of authority in the trinity. He talks about his eyes being like a flaming fire signifying that he sees all that is happening and his feet being like fine brass, with brass mainly associated with judgement in the bible.
This church is doing well in several areas and Jesus commends them for it;
Love, service faith and patience. But in the midst of all this, they were tolerant to false teaching.
They had allowed a woman referred to as Jezebel to teach the servants of God false doctrines that allowed sexual immorality in their midst and also eating food offered to idols.
What kind of doctrines have we allowed to be taught in our churches in this generation? Are they the doctrines of God or the doctrines of demons?
This church was not being wooed away spiritually, they were way past that mark. They were at a place where they were now openly tolerating sin and even teaching that it was ok and acceptable to practice sexual immorality and eat foods offered to idols.
Just like with the previous churches Jesus gives them an opportunity to repent.
He also commends those in this church who have not subscribed to these teachings and he tells them to hold on tight to what they have and for those who de he will give them power over the nations.
May you and I also take heed to this warning that we may repent where we have fallen off.
What is the greatest lesson you pick out from the letter to the church at Thyatira?
Sexual immorality is a big deal to God, how does that compare with the way we handle sexual immorality in the church today?
What are some false doctrines that you are aware of circulating in the Churches in this age and how should we respond to them?