“Nevertheless, hold that which you have firmly until I come. He who overcomes, and he who keeps my works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations. He will rule them with a rod of iron, shattering them like clay pots; as I also have received of my Father: and I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.”
Jesus is speaking to those who have kept the faith and not given way to false teaching and false teachers. The church in Thyatira was almost overcome by error and falsehood and rampant with sexual sins, but a few held to the faith of Christ, as revealed in the Scripture.
These believers are encouraged to hold on to the end, what they know to be true and keep doing the works of Christ, as He would want them to do. They are promised their inheritance with Christ, to rule and reign in the everlasting kingdom. They are joint heirs of that kingdom with Christ. Their faithfulness will be rewarded by the faithful one who keeps His promises, and as they have been faithful in the smallness of this life, they will be rewarded by the great power and glory in the life to come.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
Those who suffer with and for Christ will share in His eternal glory. They are His daughters and sons and His beloved bride.
More than this, they are promised the Morning Star, who is Christ Himself! All who trust in Him and persevere to the end, will be saved and possess the prize of the Morning Star. Not just at the end, but in their lives as they walk to heaven and home. To possess Christ is the prize above all. This is the mark of the true hearted believer, that they are not enamoured by the promise of the glory, but by the presence and close relationship with their Saviour.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by its gates. But outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.”
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of life drink freely.”
We keep our robes clean from the contamination of falsehoods and the lack of love so prevalent in these days. We stay clean from the seed and root of sin, and from all who love sin and tolerate its presences and ways. Only those who keep to the pathway of Christ can be over-comers and gain the right to eternal life and enter the city through the gates of glory.
The churches have been ministered to by the angel, and now is the time for repentance and change. The Lord Jesus is the Lord of all His people and His mighty church, a great body of people, down through the centuries who have remained faithful and true to Him and His ways. They will possess the Morning Star, Himself, and enjoy the glory of His presence and power, even as they walk this sinful world and suffer for His sake.
This Morning Star is saying “Come” the living water is available to you… drink freely and your desires for Christ will be satisfied. Study the Scriptures, and drink in the wells of salvation, and find eternal life….