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Pennsylvania Conference 2002. The Church of Smyrna. Part 3.

Thursday August 29, 2002

Tribulation - the accusative singular direct object of thlipsis which refers to pressure, afflictions, the various disasters that often occur in life.

This phrase includes the concept of suffering for blessing.  

They were spiritually wealthy in time and would be if they continue the eternal state.

They possessed something that few people in history have actually possessed, an edification complex of the soul.

It demands that our #1 priorities line up with God's plan for our life.

The predicative nominative noun plousios refers to the status of being a mature believer. It refers to spiritual wealth.

The noun blasphemia means slander.

1. Slander comes from the evil heart, LUK 6:45.

2. Slander often arises from hatred, PSA 109:3 "They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without cease."

3. Slander can result from idleness, 1TI 5:13 "And at the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention."

4. The wicked are addicted to slander, PSA 50:20, "You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son."

5. Hypocrites are addicted to it, PRO 11:9.

6. Slander is a characteristic of the devil, REV 12:10.

7. They who indulge in slander are fools, PRO 10:18 "He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool."

8. Older women who have a lot of time on their hands are especially warned against slander, Titus 2:3 .

Titus 2:3 "Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips [slanderers], nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good."

9. Christ was exposed to slander, MAT 26:60, "and they did not find any true accusations against Him, even though many false witnesses came forward.

10. Rulers are exposed to slander, Jude 8 "Yet in the same manner these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and slander angelic majesties."

11. Ministers are exposed to slander, ROM 3:8, "And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say), 'let us do evil that good may come'? Their condemnation is just."

12. Believers are exposed to slander, 1PE 4:4.

a. The believer should keep his tongue from it, 1PE 3:10.

b. The believer should lay it aside, EPH 4:31 "let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice."

c. Believers should be warned against it Titus 3:2 "Remind them to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men."

d. Believers should give no occasion for it, 1PE 2:12.

e. Believers are to return good for it, 1CO 4:13 "When we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now."

f. Believers are blessed in enduring slander, MAT 5:11 "blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me."

g. Believers should not be listened to who slander, 1SA 24:9 "And David said to Saul, 'why do you listen to the words of men, saying, behold, David seeks to harm you'?"

h. Believers should be angry against the slanderer, PRO 25:23 "The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance."

i. The reason is that slander separates friends, PRO 16:28 "A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends."

j. Slander produces deadly wounds, PRO 18:8 "The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the body."

k. Slander causes divisions among brethren, PRO 6:19 "A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers."

l. Slander even causes murder, PSA 31:13 "for I have heard the slander of many, terror is on every side; while they took counsel together against me, they schemed to take away my life."

The Royal Family of God in Smyrna was constantly facing people testing from both the Jewish community and the greater pressure of the hostility of Rome and therefore in effect the hostility of the entire cosmic system.

Sunagoge is transliterated synagogue, it means congregation.

Of course adversity or suffering or disaster destroys concentration.

Fear is lack of thinking.

If they were going to learn to use what weapons they had, they would have to be able think.

Believers in all stages of spiritual growth can find themselves functioning under the fear syndrome, because of sudden adversity.

There is a principle which David enucleated in PSA 56:3 when he said, "The times I am afraid, I will trust in you."

Remember that Satan doesn't attack us directly, He attacks through his system.

Phulake is also a reference to a system which indicates a system is going to attack you, not Satan himself.

The crown of righteousness for loving His appearing or being totally occupied with TLJC and producing divine good, 2TI 4:8.

The crown of life for enduring trials, heartaches, disasters and coming out glorifying the Lord, JAM 1:12, REV 2:10.

The incorruptible crown for mastering their OSN.

The crown of rejoicing for being soul winners, 1TH 2:19.

The crown of glory for being willing to feed the flock of god, 1PE 5:4.

(a) The crown of righteousness.   Awarded at the judgment seat of Christ to the Church-age believer who fulfills the pre-designed plan of God by the advance to spiritual maturity.

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