,, 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;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.”
Rev. 2: 18-19
"And thou shalt write unto the angel of the church of Thyatira, Thus saith the Son of God, which hath his eyes as a flame of fire, and his feet as bronze."
This letter Jesus begins with the words "Thus saith the Son of God," and this is because the believers neglected Jesus and the Word of God and turned to false prophets in this case to the prophetess Jezebel and also offered sacrifices to idols. "Beware, these are the words of God, and you should pay attention to every Word that I say to you." He continues, "who has his eyes like a flame of fire." After that warning comes a serious threat that is reflected in the fact that Jesus knows and sees everything and that they cannot hide anything from Him, and if they do not confess their sins, the Fire of God will fry them together with their ungodly deeds.
"and His feet as bronze" and Vuk Kardzic's translation says "as brass" and when the Bible speaks of "brass" it is about the judgment that will come if they do not repent. We have seen that "eyes" speak of that Jesus sees everything and the "feet" say that Jesus is present everywhere. In the first chapter we saw that Jesus walks "in the midst of the seven saints", so he is among his church, and here we are talking about the court concerning the church in Thyatira. The fact that Jesus is among his churches does not mean that they will only be blessed, but it also means that judgment will be used if believers need to turn to the right path, and we saw at the beginning that they worshiped false prophets and idols here, so this is a warning to the church.
"I know your deeds, and your love, and your ministry, and your faith, and your patience, and your deeds, and that there are more of the latter than the former." After these warnings, we see that the church had things to praise, so deeds, love, are mentioned. service, patience and faith. As far as love is concerned, in the original text it uses the word "agape" and this word means unselfish, selfless love. love neglected.
,, Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”
Rev. 2: 4
,, and service, “here in the original the word“ diakonian ”is used and means servant and it is about the fact that in love they served each other and together they tried to glorify God.
Of course, through faith, that is why Jesus says "and faith,". The members of the church in Thyatira in love looked to celebrate the Name of the Lord with faith, and in the end it says that they were both "and your suffering." We said that some went. wrong way so it took patience to turn them back because we saw that they worked in love and surely in love and patience they tried to correct those who went astray.Maybe because of that they had trouble or problems but they worked what is pleasing to God.
,, For what glory [is it], if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [for it], ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God.”
1 Peter 2:20
Jesus says, "I know your works," and finally, "your works, and that there are more of the latter than the former;" they could accumulate deeds that sprang from their life that was in accordance with God's plan.
Of course, they did not do good deeds to be saved because it is not God's way, they did good deeds because they were saved and those deeds were the fruit of their faith and not the condition of their salvation.
,, Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.”
,, Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”
,, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
What the apostle Peter wrote does not apply to them for those who go backwards who return to the world and to Satan and do not progress.
,, For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
2 Peter 2: 21-22
Those who are converted should go forward to learn and grow in the knowledge and glorification of the Lord Jesus and God
,, That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
and not going back because it will not bring anything good and simply put, someone who is born again can no longer live in sin.
,, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”