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God’s word a sharp two-edged sword is

there to cut on your behalf and against

that which is against you but God’s word

will not cut when it’s been dulled by

compromise you might get acceptance from

the culture but what you won’t get is a

two-edged sword for you word of God is

not open for negotiation not when God

has spoken clearly on a



let me tell you a little bit about


pergamum was a city some 45 miles north

of Ephesus a very wealthy City but a

city controlled by the devil a very

Progressive City a very uh noted City

but it was one a city run by

hell Jesus starts and he speaks the

first and the

last which he said about himself self in

sperner now says in verse 12 the one who

has the sharp two-edged sword says this

the one who has the sharp two-edged

sword says this the one who has the

sharp two-edged

sword says

this so Jesus Christ is talking but he

describes himself as the possessor of

the two-edged

sword this is not the first time we’ve

seen that phrase chapter 1 verse 16 of

Revelation in his right hand he held the

Seven Stars and out of his mouth came a

sharp two-edged

sword in chapter

19 of

Revelation verse 15 from his mouth came

a sharp sword verse 21 and the rest were

killed with the sword which came from


mouth it says out of the Lord Jes Jesus


mouth comes a very

sharp two-edged

sword this is spoken by the Risen

Christ after he rose from the dead and

ascended up to heaven and now he speaks

back to his church not as a baby in a

Manger nor as a a man walking the

streets of galile but now as the Risen

Lord and he says how I’m operating right

now is with a sharp sword with double

edges coming out of my mouth the sword

has two edges both sides of

sharp uh that can cut you going and

coming it’s sharp for blessings and it’s

sharp for judgment it’s sharp for help

but it’s sharp for correction it’s it’s

sharp for your benefit but it’s also


to deal with you if you need to be dealt

with so when you read about Jesus having

the sword he is speaking about the

authority Matthew 28: 19 and 20 Jesus

says all authority belongs to me in

heaven and on Earth translation I’m in


now so when Jesus

says a sword is coming out of my mouth

he is laying claim to Authority from

Heaven to history from eternity to

time from Heaven to

Earth so Jesus Christ sits as the Risen

Lord ascended on the right hand of the

father speaking to his people the church

at pergamum and he says I’m in charge

here and I have a sword where where is

the sword it’s coming out of my

mouth Hebrews 4:12

says that the word of God is sharper

than any two-edged

sword it is

piercing and

penetrating in its ability and power to

affect change for good or for

judgment now the problem

today is that we and by we I mean any

many even many

Christians have lost faith in the power

of the sword that comes out of Jesus’s

mouth we have lost faith in the power of


word Christians in particular and

certainly the society at large has lost

confidence in God’s word they are going

to every other word they may sprinkle a

little Bible on it to make it sound good

but they’re going to every word and

they’re wondering why the word is not

working because the word that works must

be the word coming out of his mouth not

the word coming out of your

mouth but see what we have today are

folk changing

books or dumbing down the book to please

other books dulling the sword from being

able to cut

anything he says the sword from my mouth


sharp and if you’re

uncut it can’t be coming from my mouth

you you follow the logic if you’re


unchanged because the way you know


affected is you’re changing so if

there’s no change you’ve not been

affected no matter how much you enjoy

the word you heard because if you cut

you bleed

he says to the church at pergamum the

sword that comes out of my mouth my

word is

sharp it

cuts it has

Authority having said that he now

commends them in verse 14 I know where

you dwell I know where you live I know

where you have church I know the

community you’re in he says that to

pergamum Bible Fellowship

I know where you dwell where Satan’s

Throne is and you hold fast my name and

did not deny my faith even in the days

of Antipas my witness my faithful one

who was killed among you where Satan

dwells you and I are living in a time in

a post-christian


where identification with Jesus Christ

is incre increasingly becoming a

negative as you’re seeing this onslaught

of the

rejection of the Christian faith as as

as it it now

becomes to be a Christian and to hold

his word is now being called hate

speech that you’re now living in a world

and a

society that now is

antagonistic to the claims of Christ

where it’s not some easy thing anymore

in increasingly large places to be

identified with the second member of the

Trinity the Lord Jesus Christ but he

wants you to know before he gets any

deeper into this I got the sword in my

mouth and it’s

sharp but he compliments them and he

says you’re doing this where Satan

dwells you’re living in a hostile


but now he comes to verse

14 he says but I have a few things

against you okay now I like I like the

fact that you’re still claiming me you

claiming my name you’re claiming

Christianity and a hostile environment

but I have a

problem because you have there some who

hold the teachings of

balum who kept teaching Bala to put a

stumbling block before the sons of

Israel to eat things sacrificed to idols

and to commit acts of

immorality he says here’s my

problem while you still claim

me you

compromise you still will say I’m a

Christian but you will tolerate

compromise amen so the issue with this

church is a lack of

conviction you will compromise


balum now the story of balum is found in

numbers chapters 22 to Chapters 25 so

let me summarize the story of

balum balam is a

prophet Israel is on the

March BC not balum BC who’s the king of

Moab he’s a he’s a little scared because

Israel’s gotten so large and so powerful

he’s got to do something so he contacts

balum BC contacts balum BC says

balum I want you to curse God’s

people and we going to give you some

change to do

it we gonna give prophit for the

prophet we will pay you to curse God’s

people balum consults with God and God

tells him you can’t curse my people they


people balum baac UPS the

price that we’ll pay you a little more

if you will curse God’s

people balum gets on a

donkey balum is right fting this donkey

to meet with

BAC on the way the angel of the Lord

stands in front of the

donkey so the donkey starts backing

up the donkey balam hits the donkey says

gety up because balam doesn’t see the

angel of the Lord he just see the donkey

backing up

Wham it says the donkey sees the angel

of the Lord again and moves over to the

side balum Wham whacks it get going

Dunkey gets going again sees the angel

of the Lord then falls

down balum whacks it for a third

time this

time the donkey is tired of getting

hit so according

to Numbers chapter

22 the donkey looks back at BAM and says

why you keep hitting

me so we got a talking

donkey all right it gets even worse cuz

balam talks back to the

donkey so the Dunkey is talking to balum

and balum is talking to the

donkey and he says why you not taking me

where I need to go then all of a sudden

the angel of the Lord appears to

baalam says God was behind

this cuz I don’t have one Dunkey I have

two if I if that’s the word we want to

use I can say that still be Christian

because it’s in the Bible okay all

right balam can’t curse the people of

God God keeps blocking the

curse so balum tells BAC I’m not going

to be able to curse him I I I know you

offer me a lot of money but God’s

blocking this thing so if you want to

get them here’s how you got to get

Israel make them

compromise it says intermix them with


women get them to


they will adopt your

Gods if you will just get them to

compromise then God will curse them for

you oh so much theology there I I can’t

curse them because they’re God’s

people but God’s character can’t stand

compromised so if we can get them to

compromise because God’s character won’t

accept compromise God himself will do

for you what you’re asking me to do that

I can’t do God will interject cuz God

won’t accept

compromise and so that’s exactly what

Bic did he got them to interconnect he

calls it immorality leading to idolatry

which brought God’s judgment on

Israel so that God was no longer

operating for the

people what’s that got to do with you

and me and why is he telling that to

them guess what he’s telling them

compromise will keep God’s word from

cutting anything in your

life so many Christians wonder why God

is not moving because of

compromise you compromise spiritual

value you compromise with other gods you

compromise we compromise with lifestyle

we compromise in so many ways where you

need to understand once you do that The

God Who is for you can no longer be for

you he says in verse 15 so you also have

some who in the same way hold the

teachings of the

nicians the nicians were doing the

teachings of

balum so here’s their

problem they tolerated

compromise he says you have some in your

midst who are teaching this and you’re

not saying

anything so wait a minute

even if you are not compromising but you


compromising you tolerate the nickel

itans that is infecting the

church by saying it’s okay to compromise

your standards compromise your morals

compromise your your deities you you can

compromise and God

understands let let me say it another


they misunderstood

Grace one of the greatest words the

greatest word in the Christian language

is Grace it means unmar

favor but they did not use Grace

properly they were using it like Romans

chapter 6 verse1 shall we sin that Grace

May abound let’s put it another way

shall we sin just because we know God

will forgive me you’ve heard people say

that oh oh God God will forgive me right

okay so they were using grace as an

excuse to sin that is both a

misunderstanding and misuse of the

greatest word in the Christian language

here’s how you know you are using grace

properly you are using grace properly

not when it frees you to sin but when it

is so powerful it’s freeing you from

sin shall we sin that Grace May abound

he says God

forbid yeah he says at the end of Titus

Chapter 2 Grace teaches us to deny

ungodliness not be comfortable in

it that’s called having the grace of God


vain the grace of God is designed to

free us from compromise not make us

comfortable in

compromise refusal to compromise can

cost you

money refusal to compromise can cost

cost you

relationships refusal to compromise can

cost you position refusal to compromise

can cost you

notoriety so I don’t want to stand up

here and tell you that if you don’t

compromise it’s all going to work out

right then and there and there will be

no price it cost anthropus his

life but if you want to see the


sword you don’t just want to have church

you don’t just wna want to be you know

be sing songs and and clap your hands

you want the

sword and not

D then he says it can’t be with

compromise he says and you tolerate the

teachings of the nicians that’s why

whether it’s a pull pit up here or

whether it’s a Sunday school class or

whether it’s a small group false

teaching that contradicts the word of

God is not to be


nor does God want a little bit of his

word and a little bit of the world

stirred together to make the word more

palatable like putting

10% poison arsonic in food to kill rats

all you need is

10% the rest of the food can be solid

but that 10% will do am

in we’re living in a day when more and


churches are compromising to please the

world they’re compromising on biblical

standards as though God is open for

negotiation the word of God is not open


negotiation not when God has spoken

clearly on a

subject there two answers to every

question God’s answer and everybody else

is and everybody else is wrong

he has spoken and he has not

stuttered so he says to them I have this


you and it’s such a big issue

compromises it’s such a whopping issue


says therefore

repent or else I am coming to you

quickly and will make war with them with

the word of my

mouth and he’s talking to his

church I will make war with them who’s

the them the nicians who were teaching

the false Doctrine so if you care about

them you better go talk to

them and then he comes to the great

verse verse

17 he who has an ear let him hear what

the spirit says to the

churches to him who

overcomes to him I will give some of the

Hidden Manner and I will give him a

white stone and a new name written on

the stone which no one knows but he who


it okay he that hath an ear let him hear

because just because you can you have an

ear doesn’t mean you

hear we’ve all talked to people who can

repe what you said but you know they

weren’t paying

attention so that means pay attention

this is big he that hath an ear so now

while he’s talking to the churches he

says I’m speaking to every individual so

now it’s

self-examination to the one who

overcomes that’s our word n oh

Nike overcomes what overcomes the

temptation to compromise or to tolerate

compromising to the one who overcomes to

the one who operates by Divine

conviction particularly among Believers

because he’s talking to what was

happening in the church you can’t

control what non-believers do but in the

family of God the care for one another

means that we need to correct help

challenge one another when we are

compromising on biblical

principles to the one who overcomes

here’s what I’m going to do I’m going to

give him first hidden

Mana hidden Mana okay remember some

things God does some things God does

some of it is in time and some of it is

in eternity okay we don’t get it all now

we get some of it now some of it later

okay but if you overcome what I will

give you is hidden Mana so let’s talk

about mana mana was corn flakes from

above okay when Israel was going through

the Wilderness and they ran out of of

food God rained down corn flakes from

above or Mana uh the Hebrew word Mana

means is a question what is it okay

that’s what the that’s what the word

Mana means what is it

okay why would he call a food a question

because he wanted him to answer the

question what is it well it was a

supernatural provision of God that

stayed hidden until God was ready to


it when they went through the Wilderness

that was the ark of the Covenant that

was a little chest where the law was in

it and there was a jar with Mana in it

with with some these corn flakes in

it the reason he put the jar in the Box

was so that they would remember that God

was their provider just as he supplied

Mana he will be your provider

okay the Mana was hidden because it was

up in heaven until he was ready to

release it to the one who overcomes

I will give him or her hidden

manner what that means is God’s got some

stuff he wants to do he ain’t ready to


yet it’s hidden he’s not ready to show

it yet he’s not ready to let you see it

yet and it won’t be released until he

sees an

overcoming so if you compromising you

could be holding back something God

wants to release but he can’t release

cuz it’s hidden cuz you haven’t given

them freedom to release it because of

compromise and to those who overcome

when they stand before the Lord they

will get the reward of special provision

not available to every

Christian St John Chapter 2 at the end

of the chapter it says and many believed

on him many got saved but it says but he

would not commit himself to them because

even though they were saved they weren’t


and what God has today are a lot of

Saved uncommitted people a lot of

Christians who love the Lord on Sunday

and compromise on

Monday who love Jesus in the praise

service but love the

world in their weekly activity who if

they were accused of being a Christian

on their job there would not be enough

evidence to convict

them because they compromise just like

everybody else on the

job and he says for that the manner


hidden there will be some things when

you get to heaven God will say I would

have done but there was too much

compromise so I I wasn’t

free and these are the rewards you lose

out even

then he says and then I’m going to give

the one who

overcomes the temptation to compromise

I’m G give him a white stone that’s what

he says in verse 17 I’m G give him a

white St H Mana then I’m GNA give him a

white stone okay so all you married

ladies you got you have a wedding ring

on you got a diamond on your finger or

if he was cheap cut glass that looks

like a

diamond okay but you you you have a

stone on your

finger that stone means you’re

special okay Stone means you’re not just

one of the crowd there’s a special

relationship on the stone he says I’m

going to write a name nobody else knows

verse 17 says a secret

name and how special you are will

determine some of what you get now and

some of your rewards then predicated on

how you view your commitment of

compromising so you carry my name I like


but you compromise and tolerate

compromising now none of us is perfect

but he’s talking about a toleration of

it rather than a resistance to

it one day the king of kings and Lord of

lords is going to step

forward and when he steps forward all of

the Believers will be around the

throne but don’t you want to be one of

the folk you look oh Billy I I I you

over there Billy uh you walk with me

during your life Ruth I see you over

there Ruth you are a faithful servant of

mine Betty I see you over there Betty

girl you hung in there for me Daniel I

see you over there Daniel I thank you

for hanging in there with me all of us

will be a part of the crowd who know

Jesus Christ but only some will get

their names called because they refus to

compromise and stood up for the values

of the kingdom of