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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Revelation 2:8-11

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"CHURCH IN SMYRNA."
I. ANGEL OF CHURCH IN SMYRNA.
A. Smyrna 40 miles north of Ephesus still exists today, most Christianized area in Turkey.
1. Means myrrh (A fragrant gum of popular use, especially for embalming purposes).
2. Smyrna Church of persecution.
B. Polycarp probably "Angel of church."
1. It is said John set him as Bishop.
2. Martyred in 168.
II. WEALTH IN POVERTY.
A. Poverty is secular not spiritual.
1. But thou art rich.
2. Opposite to Laodocia.
B. Secular riches, relative value.
1. Spiritual are absolute.
C. Spiritual wealth a blessing.
1. Secular most generally a bane.
D. Spiritual wealth gained by individual, always secular not so.
III. FRIENDS IN RELIGION "BLASPHEMY OF THOSE WHO SAY THEY ARE JEWS, BUT ARE THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN."
A. Satan has much to do with religion.
1. Religion not godliness is his shrine and instrument.
B. Not all Jews who say.
1. Jews for most part today in same condition.
a. Save a small few by election of grace.
IV. SAINTS IN PERSECUTION VS. 10.
A. Persecution was religious.
B. Persecution to be severe.
1. Suffer.
2. Tried.
3. Tribulation.
4. Imprisonment.
5. Death.
C. Persecution was testing, "That ye may be tried."
D. Persecution was to be 10 days.
1. 10 emperors.
2. Last diocletain 10 yrs.
3. Sufferings not penal, but discipling.
V. DUTY IN TRIAL "BE THOU FAITHFUL."
A. Attempts to sway Polycarp.
VI. VICTORY IN DEATH "I WILL GIVE THEE CROWN OF LIFE" NOT BE HURT OF SECOND DEATH. "FEAR NOT HIM WHO IS ABLE TO KILL THE BODY."
Sermon Notes for Revelation 2:7 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Revelation 3:10 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Jude 1:20 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Genesis 1:1 Next Book →
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