Suffering and sickness in the Bible – Part 21
Reasons For Believers’ Sickness (cont’)
In reality, no one is worthy to take the Lord’s Supper. We are all sinners saved by grace. This is why we should prepare ourselves for communion through healthy introspection, confession of sin, and resolution of differences with others. These actions remove the barriers that affect our relationship with Christ and with other believers.
Awareness of your sin should not keep you away from communion but should drive you to participate in it. “Sleep” (v30) is another way of describing death. That some of the people had died may have been a special supernatural judgment on the Corinthian Church. This type of disciplinary judgment highlights the seriousness of the communion service. The Lord’s Supper is not to be taken lightly; this new covenant cost Jesus his life. It is not a meaningless ritual, but a sacrament given by Christ to help strengthen our faith.
(10) Due To Immorality And Bad Influence On Others
“Nevertheless I have a few things against you because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols” (Rev. 2:20).
21:And I gave her time to 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 their deeds.
23: I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.” (Rev. 2:21-23). “You allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess.”
A prevalent sin within the church in Thyatira was the tendency to tolerate sin, unrighteousness or unbiblical teaching in its leaders (vv. 14,20).
• Christ calls one particular person “Jezebel,” a name derived from the OT Jezebel and synonymous with idolatry, sensuality and manipulative control 1(1Kgs 16:31; 19:1-3; 21:1-15; see 21:25). Some at Thyatira were submitting to or tolerating a spiritual Jezebel who exhibited great charisma, along with manipulative and seductive influence. Christ condemns this Jezebel and the freedom to sin that she represents.
• We must reject all spokespersons who put their own words above Biblical revelation (see 1 Cor 14:29) and who state that God accepts within the church sexual immorality and other questionable acts of compromise with the world. Some in the church may tolerate such false teaching because of indifference, personal friendships or fear of confrontation, or because of a desire for peace, harmony, personal advancement or money. God says He will judge such leaders and punish all those who sin in these ways and do not repent (vv. 20-23; see also Luke 17:3-4).
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