Pergamum: The Church whose dwelling place is Satan’s Throne – Revelation 2:12-17
1 Corinthians 14:25 (NASB) the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.
I. THE CORRESPONDENT
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
II. THE CITY
III. THE CHURCH
IV. THE COMMENDATION
a. They were loyal to the Lord’s Name
Matthew 4:2-3 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. (3) And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
b. They were loyal to the Lord’s Word
V. THE CONDEMNATION
a. They held to the teaching of Balaam
Numbers 22:12 (NASB) God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”
Numbers 31:16 (NASB) “Behold, these caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of the Lord. “The doctrine of Balaam therefore was the teaching that the people of God should intermarry with the heathen and compromise in the matter of idolatrous worship…. Undoubtedly intermarriage with the heathen and spiritual compromise were real issues in Pergamum …”
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? (15) Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
b. They held to the teaching of the Nicolaitans
VI. THE COMMAND
VII. THE COUNSEL