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Letís begin by analyzing the first of these three texts in Revelation and 3 John, which all relate to staying faithful and obedient to Godís truth.Revelation 2:6 says, ďBut you have this in your favor:You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.ĒThis same heretical group is mentioned again in Rev. 2:15.We really donít know which group historically that Jesus referred to here in this passage, although there have been lots of speculations about their identity.They likely were an unorthodox church or group that existed in the first century or two after Jesusí death, since chronologically Ephesus was the first church era, if we use a chronological interpretation of the seven letters to the churches (i.e., Revelation, chapters 3-4).I think the main point to gain from this passage is that although the church in Ephesus lost their first love, or passion for following Godís truth (verse 4), they didnít fall into rampant doctrinal heresy or gross immorality (i.e., sexual sin).One lesson to take away from this section would be to make sure we love the truth but also hate whatís wrong as well, based on Jesusí standards as revealed in the Gospels and elsewhere.

 

Then letís look at 3 John 3-4:ďIt gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.ĒHere John is saying that he is very happy when people are believing and especially obeying the truth of Christianity.Like John, we today should have joy when others come to believe the truth and then obey its commandments as well.

 

Finally, letís examine Revelation 14:12:ďThis calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.ĒThis Scripture in context tells Christians to remain faithful to God so that they donít suffer like those who get the mark of the beast, as described in the prior verses.Christians in the years to come will face the threat of losing their physical lives if they avoid getting the mark of the beast, which involves disobeying one or more of Godís Ten Commandments, the law of God.If someone worships an idol or a man on earth or anything other than the one true God who is in heaven, that could be part of what will cause someone to get the mark of the Beast.I believe that the mark of the Beast also will be inflicted on those who deliberately disobey the literal wording of the fourth commandment, which few Christians seriously obey to the exact letter.

 

All three of the texts that you cited appear to be about the importance for Christians to believe in and obey Godís truth, although it isnít clear what the Nicolaitans really believed.

 

Eric Snow

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