“And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from
this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40).
“Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest
a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery,
dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou
that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking of law dishonourest thou God? For the
name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written” (Ro.2:21-24).
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”
“Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest
unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences” (2 Cor.5:11).
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righ-
teousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch
not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be
my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor.6:17-18).
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove
“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye with-
draw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition
which he received of us” (2 Th.3:6).
“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please
him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Tim.2:4).
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s
daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the plea-
sures of sin for a season” (Heb.11:24-25).
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world”
(2:22-23) Warning—Church: there is the warning to those who compromise and are corrupted. Note five significant
1. There is a warning to Jezebel. She is to be cast upon a bed of sickness. This probably means some venereal disease
or some disease such as cirrhosis of the liver due to excess drinking. Her judgment was to match her sin, to be a direct result
of her sin. She was to reap what she sowed.
“For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall
be measured to you again” (Mt.7:2).
“But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of
wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to
his deeds” (Ro.2:5-6).
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For
he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of
the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Gal.6:7-8).
2. There is the warning to those who gave in to her seduction and life-style, to those who refused to turn to Christ and
to separate themselves from the world. They were to suffer great tribulation. The idea is some severe affliction, deep suffer-
ing, pressing distress.
3. There is the warning to the children of Jezebel. Who are they? Real children or those who swallowed her false
teaching and worldly life-style? In either case, they were to be killed. What does this mean?
g159 It could mean the chastising hand of God such as fell upon some of the Corinthian believers.
“For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep [have died]”
g159 It could mean the second death, the judgment of eternal death when we stand face to face with Christ in the
final judgment day. (See note, pt.2—Rev.2:10-11.)
4. There was still time for all of these to repent (v.22). Imagine! Christ still loved and reached out to Jezebel, this false
teacher, and her followers, despite all the corruption they had caused in this great church. Christ still gave them a chance to
repent. Christ said that the judgment would only happen if they failed to repent of their deeds.
Thought 1. This means a most wonderful thing: we can still repent so long as we are living on earth. No matter
what we have done nor how terrible it is, Christ calls us to repentance. And if we repent, He saves us and delivers us
from the judgment to come.
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