The Church in Thyatira
| Brethren in Thyatira
(Rev. 2) were known for their faith. Christians walk by faith and not by
sight (2 Cor. 5:7). Though they had not seen Christ personally, even as we
have not, they knew the evidence concerning Him. Actual sight was not
necessary for them to know by faith. In fact, we can be more sure of the
testimony of God's Word than we can the things we might personally see and
experience because we are capable of being deceived. But the testimony of
the Lord is true and reliable.
This was a church of service and ministry. The way to greatness, according to Christ is the way of ministering and serving. They were not involved in just "busy-ness" but were active doing the Lord's business.
Though subjected to persecution, they had the qualities to enable them to remain loyal. In my mind I see them as a ship plowing through stormy seas toward its destination without being driven off course. That is the way of life for the Christian now as it was for the Christian then.