Revelation Temp Index
"I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first."
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CONDITION: The condition of the church locally and in the church age. "I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first." (KC 50)

"I know they works..." (Revelation 2:2)

  • It should be note how these great words go in Pairs. Charity produces service, and faith produces patience or endurance. (KC 52-53)
  • Love is active, not passive. That is why it is the greatest motivation source in the world. (KC 53)
  • Faith will always produce patience. If we trust God, we are prepared to wait. The Greek word here for patience is hupomone, which means "like a pillar of a bridge," or "to stand firm under pressure." (KC 53)

"I know they... charity..."

  • Greek word agape, "love" (Matthew 5:43 and Matthew 5:44). Textual evidence attests the sequence "love, and faith, and service and patience." These are an enumeration of the "works" of the church at Thyatira, love and faith providing the inner basis for the outward expression of service and patience. (7BC 751)

"I know thy... service..."

  • Greek word diakonia, "service," or "ministry" (Romans 12:7). (7BC 751)

"I know thy... faith..."

  • Greek word pistis (Romans 5:3). (7BC 751)

"I know thy... patience..."

  • Greek word hupomane (Revelation 1:9). (7BC 751)

"...the last to be more than the first."

  • That is, the last works mare than the first works, as the Greek indicates. The message to Thyatira is the only one of the seven that contains a recognition of improvement. In spite of difficulties at Thyatira, the church there experienced spiritual growth. Contrast the opposite experience at Ephesus (Revelation 2:4 and Revelation 2:5). (7BC 751)