Christ takes notice of the trials and difficulties this church encountered. I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is...(vs 13).
God knows under which circumstances you serve Him in. This church thrived where Satan’s seat was, so he takes notice of all the temptations and discouragements which they encountered, and makes gracious allowances for them. These people dwelt where Satan’s seat was, where his orders were from. His circuit is throughout the world, his seat is in some places that are infamous for wickedness, error, and cruelty; and the seat of persecution, his command centre is Satan’s seat.
He commends their steadfastness
"... and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth." (vs 13).
Our faith will have a great influence upon our faithfulness. Those who let go the true faith won't last; they will be discouraged and drawn away from their steadfastness.
He reproves them for their sinful failures (v. 14)
"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication."
There were some who taught that it was lawful to eat things sacrificed to idols, and that fornication was no sin; they, by an impure worship, drew men into impure practices, as Balaam did the Israelites.
Corrupt doctrines and a corrupt worship often lead to a corrupt conversation.
To continue in communion with persons of corrupt principles and practices is displeasing to God, draws a guilt and blemish upon the whole society: they become partakers of other men’s sins. Though the church, as such, has no power to punish the persons of men, either for heresy or immorality, with corporal penalties, yet it has power to exclude them from its communion; and, if it do not so, Christ, the head and lawgiver of the church, will be displeased with it.
He calls them to repentance
"Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth." Revelation 2:16
More Articles:The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
I. To Ephesus (2:1-7).
II. To Smyrna (2: 8-11).
III. To Pergamos, (2: 12-17).
IV. To Thyatira, (2:18 - 29).
V. Sardis, (3:1-6).
VI. Philadelphia, (3:7- 13).
VII. Laodicea, (3:14-22).
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" Revelation 2:29