Pergamos

The letters of the seven churches reveals the strategy how the enemy of the truth infiltrated the culture of Christ.
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“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches

The letter to the church of Pergamos Is prophetic in terms of the insight given in Rev 2 The cultural influences was a mix of greek mythology & roman paganism during the 4th century under the rule of Constantine, when the church and state became one.
The name“Pergamum” means elevated in regards to merging or to be married. The issues that plagued this church was idolatry, as the empire was full of Pagan Gods. The customs & practises were evident in community life not in the church, but did very much effect the church. I often question the origins of church structure where does it come from?
Is the structures we see today a reflection of the early church?
or the institution established by the roman empire?

Rev 2:12b “ These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.

The sword symbolises a form of judgement through the word of God that exposes the condition of the human heart
for us to pledge our allegiance
to Christ alone.

Rev 2:13 I know where you live where Satan has his throne

Rev 2:14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.

Rev 2:15 Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

False teaching came into the community undetected not because of the church but the working environment as it was their custom to dedicate foods to pagan Gods in worship and the social freedom of sexual immorality. Often we think of a anti-church doctrine influence but no, this was what we often call a subculture the second class Influence unseen, undermining the truth we know.

In conclusion : the call to the community was repentance, returning back to the lord
The promise of hope to the community Pergamum was in relation to there struggles, Jesus promised them some of the hidden manna & a new name written on a white stone symbolising the everlasting covenant of God (manna) to his people & the stone meaning to be justified or (acquitted) of the charges against them and a Name that reflects their destiny

Just a question: What does your name mean..? how much do you think the meaning seems to shape your destiny.

This is a series: of the seven churches of revelation : smyrna : Ephesus : A living Epistle

“Fellowship is life”

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