|Revelation 2:9-11 |
9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich), and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan.4 [Though they are relatively rich in spirit, they mourn for more. Christians are inward Jews with circumcised hearts; those who claim to be Christians, but who have not had their hearts circumcised by the Spirit, speak blasphemy calling themselves Christians. Notice again! Jesus is referencing their works, which are works of loving obedience to the commands you hear spoken from God in your heart.]
10 Fear none of those things that you will suffer. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison, so that you may be tried; and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you a crown of life.
11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches: He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.5
5 He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death. Everyone passes through the fire on the Day of the Lord, but he who has overcome will be snatched from the flames unhurt by the Lord. See Francis Howgill's writing on the Day of the Lord for the details.