Archive for August 23rd, 2019

Seven Letters to Seven Churches-Ephesus Part 8

To add to Wally’s thoughts, I have heard most of the same things he writes here, but I have also heard that, based on vv. 14-15, the Nicolaitians did the same things as Balaam. And to go with this, it may be that Nicolaus was not necessarily an apostate, merely misunderstood by those who came after him. Regardless …
What does this mean? They engaged in seeking pleasure in all of its forms, from eating and drinking to sex of various kinds and anything else that makes us happy. Further, they may have picked up the habit of making everyone a prophet, even excusing wrong prophecies.
How much of this is accurate? I am not sure, but it sounds a lot like what is happening within the global church today. Many strange beliefs, teachings, and practices have arisen, especially in the past 20-30 years!


Truth in Palmyra

Revelation 2:1-7

“But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate” Revelation 2:6

Jesus offered some commendations for the church at Ephesus, followed by some negative issues He also had; this further commendation is sort of tacked on at the end, after the corrective action.

Why is this commendation tacked on after the initial commendation and the correction? I have no clue. So, if you have one feel quite free to share it; I would value your thoughts.

So, who were these guys, the Nicolaitanes? Nobody seems to know exactly, but there are several opinions around from different commentators.

It seems clear that they were heretical in some way, we just can’t say the way that was dogmatically.

There is a school of thought that says the Nicolaitanes were some who followed the teachings of Nicolas of Antioch, who may have been…

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VerseD: Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19, ESV

This is not promising you will have all you ask for or think you need.

Remember, God’s primary aim is to glorify His name, and He will meet those needs that help us bring Him glory through sharing the Gospel.

(But he does like giving us good gifts, too!)