Revelation 2:6 Index
"But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate."
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"...this thou hast..."

  • COUNSEL: The answer to the problem or instructions of what to do. "...that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate." (KC 33)

"...thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans..."

  • Be careful of the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. Without a doubt, this belief came from influence of Gnosticism. Nicolaitans were followers of the deacon Nicholas of Antioch who taught that Christians were free from the law and that they could do exactly what they liked. This was what the council in Jerusalem was dealing with when it instructed the believers to "ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from things strangled, and from fornication" Acts 15:29. The [Nicolaitans] perverted the teaching of Paul, turning Christian liberty into Christian license. Today the religious world is full of this doctrine -- the idea that the gospel of Christ has made the law of God of no effect; that just believing releases us from being doers of the Word; that what we do does not affect our relationship with God; that by just believing we can live like the devil and still be save. The garment of Christ's righteous is not a cloak for iniquity. Christ emphasizes in each of His messages that he who overcomes will be in His kingdom. Only daily surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives will cause the fruits of the Spirit to blossom and bear fruit in us. (KC 37)
  • One of the heretical sects that plagued the churches at Ephesus and at Pergamum (Revelation 2:15), and perhaps elsewhere. Irenaeus identifies the Nicolaitans as a Gnostic sect: "John, the disciple of the Lord, preaches this faith [the deity of Christ]. and seeks, by the proclamation of the Gospel, to remove that error which by Cerinthus had been disseminated among men, and a long time previously by those termed Nicolaitans, who are an offset of that 'knowledge' falsely so called, that he might confound them, and persuade them that these is but one God, who made all things by His Word" (op. cit 11. 1; ANF, vol. 1, p. 426). There is also historical evidence of a Gnostic sect called Nicolaitans a century or so later. Some Church Fathers who report concerning this sect (Irenaeus op. cit. i. 26, 3; Hippolytus Refutation of All Heresies vii. 24) identify its founder as Nicolas of Antioch, one of the seven deacons (Acts 6:5). Whether the tradition concerning Nicolas the deacon is correct, we do not know, but the sect may be the same as the one mentioned by John. In the 2nd century, at least, adherents of this sect appear to have taught that deeds of the flesh do not affect the purity of the soul, and consequently have no bearing on salvation. (7BC 745)