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He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”

 

As usual, in Jesus’ exhortation to the seven churches, He ended His appeal to the church at Smyrna by challenging them to overcome their spiritual issues. 

He who has an ear, let him hear 

Those who give their lives for Christ, who are positive toward God (“has an ear“), keep their eternal values in view.

what the Spirit says to the churches.

Christians who die in serving the Lord know a victory that others do not know because death releases them from the pain of tribulation to something much greater. They base their victory in the present on their understanding of the future. The Holy Spirit points those who face death to the eternal state with God.

He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death

There are two basic deaths a person can experience: physical and spiritual. Our passage deals with spiritual death, which is eternal death. We die first physically. We can die a second death, a spiritual death for eternity if we do not receive Jesus Christ as our Savior. The book of Revelation refers to the second death four times (Re 20:6, 14; 21:8).

Principle:

The Christian is exempt from the second death.

Application:

There is a death beyond death for the non-Christian. There is no death beyond physical death for the Christian, only eternal life.

God separates those who enter the second death from Himself for eternity. Those who ultimately reject God, ultimately reject eternally. The second death hurts more than the first death.

Once a person becomes a Christian, nothing can separate him from God.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

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