And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood” (2 Kings 6:1-5).
His name means honorable or of great value. In Revelation 2-3 we have the Letters to the Seven Churches. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.”, When Balaam could not successfully cure the people of God, he used another method to destroy them. The doctrine of the Nicolaitans must be resisted on every front. “But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master!
He not only loathes that object, but rejects it entirely. All Rights Reserved. 2. Very little is known about this member of the original deaconate. A converted Gentile would have found it very difficult to stay away from all pagan influence. The Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary says the Nicolaitans mentioned in Revelations 2:6 are ‘Nicolaite’. When believers allow sin and compromise to be in their lives, it drains away the power in the work of the Cross and the power of the Spirit that is resident in a believer’s life.
They were of the world; they were of those who were born or spoke: Latin, Greek, etc… Paganism had its root from the pre-Abrahamic religions of Balaam; the more modern form of these pagan religions, are the activities of the Esoteric (the occult). They did not teach Christ there; instead, they taught the doctrine of Balaam. However, Acts 6:5 makes a remark about Stephen that is unique only to him. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. The early church didn’t have to beg the people to give, they did so willingly (Acts 4:34-35). This also applies to each church age. Leaders are to exhort, challenge, encourage those under their care and be an example of Christ likeness (1 Corinthians 11:1). They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.”. Once they had been chosen, they were presented by the people to the apostles, who laid hands on them, installing and officially ordaining them into the deaconate. Each born-again believer is spiritually enlightened by the Holy Spirit Who guides them into all truth (1 Corinthians 2:12-14, John 16:13-14). He made doctrine out of ‘compromise’; he was highly tolerant of Christian believers who practiced a watered-down version of Christianity.
So, Nicolas was not born a ‘Jew’. Nicolas’ version of Christianity was an apostate church. Nicolas had first been a ‘pagan’. Nicolas had converted from ‘paganism’ to Judaism .
I want to be holy, to live in a way that pleases You, and to experience Your power in my life. The Deeds of the Nicolaitans. Then he experienced a second conversion, this time turning from Judaism to Christianity.
Can you think of any area of your life where you have allowed yourself to be compromised by the world? In Revelations 2:6, we read that Jesus hated the Nicolaitans. Nicolas’ pagan background meant that he had previously been immersed in the activities of the occult. That’s the way it happened in the Bible. His name is a compound of the words para and meno — the word para meaning alongside and meno meaning to remain or to abide. Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell.
There’s an interesting story in 2 Kings 6:1-7. One such wolf was Nicolas. As you are well aware, compromise with the world always results in a weakened and powerless form of Christianity. In the city of Pergamos, there were numerous dark and sinister forms of occultism, causing Pergamos to be one of the most wicked cities in the history of the ancient world. We must return to the first works. And he showed him the place. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account.
– Colossians 1:28, © 2020 Rick Renner Ministries.
He was a free thinker and very open to embracing new ideas and concepts.
“Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:3). But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Pagans were also known as the ‘classical world’. Occultism was a major force that warred against the Early Church. Oh how we need this type of discernment in the church today. When it happens this way we don’t have to work at motivating them to work, give, and sacrifice.
Why did Jesus say he hated them? These churches were chosen as recipients of the Lord’s letters to make the letters typical of the successive stages through which the church would ultimately pass.
These are messages to each of the seven churches but the messages reach beyond that time and place. Ireneus and Hippolytus, two leaders in the Early Church who recorded many of the events that occurred in the earliest recorded days of Church history, said the Nicolaitans were the spiritual descendants of Nicolas of Antioch, who had been ordained as a deacon in Acts 6:5.
If you’ve lost your cutting edge I have good news for you. The word nikos is the Greek word that means to conquer or to subdue. This was the reason Jesus “hated” the “doctrine” and the “deeds” of the Nicolaitans. We don’t need to nit pick everything being taught, however, when it comes to the essentials of the faith it’s incumbent upon us to test the spirits. The Nicolaitans deeds, were the works they did. A pastor of a church functions as a “messenger” for God, delivering God’s Word to the congregation.
( Log Out / Have you ever been enthusiastically laboring for God and suddenly it seems as if you weren’t accomplishing anything. And then, the Nicolaitans, by satanic practices, spiritually removed Christians from God’…. It was very hard for believers to live separately from all the activities of paganism because paganism and its religions were the center of life in these cities. These cookies do not store any personal information. Notice, churches is plural. Works are ‘actions’; and actions are ‘deeds’. Numbers 25:1-3 tells us, “And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Judaism was very different from the pagan and occult world in which he had been raised.
The name “Nicolaitans” is derived from the Greek word nikolaos, a compound of the words nikos and laos. It is significant that the “deeds” and “doctrines” of the Nicolaitans are only mentioned in connection with the churches in these two occultic and pagan cities. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Even today we see that many Christians do prefer to hold on tradition, adhering non-biblical baptisms, celebrating Christmas and Easter, instead of choosing for the real Truth and keeping to the Laws of God and the Days and celebrations given by God.
Man was cut off from the tree of life in the Garden of Eden and in Revelation the tree of life is restored (Genesis 3:22-24 and Revelation 22:2 and 14).
( Log Out / Nothing more is known of him outside of Acts chapter 6. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This is worth noting, for he was the first to receive a martyr’s crown. The Nicolas (Νικόλαος) of Acts 6:5 was a native of Antioch and a proselyte (convert to Judaism) and then a follower of the way of Christ. Acts 6:5 tells us that this Nicolas was “a proselyte of Antioch.” The fact that he was a proselyte tells us that he was not born a Jew but had converted from paganism to Judaism. Romans 8:37 – “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”, 1 John 4:4 – “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”, 1 John 5:4-5 – “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. He was chopping and chopping endeavoring to cut down a tree when all the sudden his ax head flew off and fell into the water and he cried out to Elisha that it was borrowed.
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