‘But I have a few things against thee…’ — Revelation 2:14
‘Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee…’ — Revelation 2:20
Like the church at Ephesus, Christ had ‘a few things against’ the churches of Pergamos and Thyatira. In Pergamos, they had people there who were holding the doctrine of Balaam which involved putting spiritual stumblingblocks in the way of the people of God. Also, they had others who held the doctrine of the Nicolaitans which seems to have been that of exalting the clergy over the laity.
In Thyatira, Christ was disappointed in the fact that the church had allowed a woman called Jezebel to teach and deceive Christ’s servants into committing fornication and eating things sacrificed unto idols. Christ gave her space to repent, but she didn’t and it was time to deal with her sin.
As we read about the things Christ had against these churches, we also want to consider ourselves and our churches. What would Christ have against us? What would He be disappointed in us? What would He want us to do differently? It is a sobering question and consideration. May the Holy Spirit of God use the Word of God to search our hearts, lives and churches for those areas in which we should be more obedient to Him.