You hold the sword of truth.
You have pursued me
Even in my youth.
You know the place where I live
So much goes on around me,
Sins and rituals we need You to forgive.
We are tempted to stray
To follow what’s false
To choose the evil way.
But You have my heart
I desire no other.
I will not conform nor follow another.
I gladly wait
For You to appear.
I will teach others how to draw near.
You alone hold the Words of life
My life is in Your hands.
On Your truth and way, I will stand.
Revelation 2:12-17 (NIRV)
“Here is what I command you to write to the church in Pergamum.
Here are the words of Jesus, who has the sharp sword with two edges. He says,
‘I know that you live where Satan has his throne. But you remain faithful to me. You did not give up your faith in me. You didn’t give it up even in the days of Antipas. Antipas, my faithful witness, was put to death in your city, where Satan lives.
‘But I have a few things against you. Some of your people follow the teaching of Balaam. He taught Balak to lead the people of Israel into sin. So they ate food that had been offered to statues of gods. And they committed sexual sins. You also have people who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans. So turn away from your sins! If you don’t, I will come to you soon. I will fight against those people with the sword that comes out of my mouth.
‘Whoever has ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches. Here is what I will do for anyone who has victory over sin. I will give that person hidden manna to eat. I will also give each of them a white stone with a new name written on it. Only the one who receives this name will know what it is.’