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Revelation 2:24





24 But [de] unto you [humin] I say, [lego] and [kai] unto the rest [loipoy] in [en] Thyatira, [Thuateira] as many as [hosos] have [echo] not [ou] this [taute] doctrine, [didache] and [kai] which [hostis] have [ginosko] not [ou] known [ginosko] the depths [bathos] of Satan, [Satanas] as [hos] they speak; [lego] I will put [ballo] upon [epi] you [humas] none [ou] other [allos] burden. [baros]    KJV-Interlinear



24 'But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them —I place no other burden on you.    NASB



The philosophy of Jezebel maintains that one can do pretty much anything in life and still retain access to God and His good graces.


This includes anyone who rejects the Bible, rejects obedience to the Bible, defines their own spiritual life, invents their own beliefs whether religion, cult, or otherwise, defines what they will or will not do with their life, and so forth.


Unbelievers have their own judgment to contend with, in due course.The only question pertinent to their life is what they think of Christ.


Believers on the other hand, have an obligation to God, to Christ, to doctrine and to their spiritual life, and to pursue their spiritual life in accordance with Gods will and rules, not their own.  The believer does not have the right to abuse or redefine Gods rules to their convenience.


These are the folks (believers) that are in view, in our passage.Believers who have drifted away from legitimate doctrine and have adopted the Jezebel philosophy of lasciviousness or asceticism.


To them, is reserved ‘tribulation,’ as mentioned earlier.And the tribulation here means suffering, discipline, trial, distress, and so forth.  And this is the punishment that comes from God, not from the world.There is a distinction between the two.


The world is Satan’s place and within it exists suffering, stress, terror, fear, decay, and all manner of deformities of life, and so forth.


However, God does not have to bring fear into your life, He can punish you with any number of rebukes, which are intended to bring your attention back to truth, rather than toward your distractions.


But, as for those who do not stray from truth, there are still the defects of the world to deal with, but God will not add to those problems, His disciplinary measures, which would certainly compound the hardships in your life.


So, if you are dedicated to a legitimate daily study of the Word, as defined by God (not one of your own choosing), namely pursuing a daily study through instruction (no do it yourself stuff), if you confess your sins regularly so as to stay in fellowship, so that your spiritual life is functional, and doing this daily and regularly through your life, then any and all problems entering into your life are not due to discipline, but due to the very nature of the world.


And worldly suffering is designed to advance you in your spiritual life, whereas discipline is designed to get you back on track when you stray.


God will not place anything, any hardship, into your life, unless it is to correct you in some fashion, or to help in your spiritual growth.


What you really need to worry about is when you do not do what is expected in your spiritual life, and nothing happens to you.That most probably means that you are beyond correction, because your attitude is beyond repair, and God has simply backed out of your life, Mic. 3:4.  That is not a good thing for you, because that means severe loss in eternity, and even perhaps severe loss later in this life.


It is far better to have God rapping you on the knuckles, than turning His back on your life.And it is even better to have life’s experiences, without Gods discipline on top of it all, so that you can advance as far as possible in your spiritual life.



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