Feb. 13, 2000 The Church with no Accountability Rev. 2
By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church
Rev. 2:18 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; 19 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. 20 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. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 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. 24 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. 25 But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 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. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
The Grade card for the church at Thyatira was given by the Lord and delivered by the messenger John. God cares enough to look and he loves enough to show us where we have been good and were there is room for improvement.
This is the Grade Card.
(that which we do in response to what the Lord has done for us and what we do because we love him.) The Grade for works is A+. The works of the Thyatirans had grown from what it was in the beginning.
The Grade for love is A.
1Pet 1:16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
Titus 2:12 (KJS) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Will we change? Will we grow? Will we go with the Lord in his efforts to save us and others from our sins? Will we hold one another accountable?