“But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. Only hold fast what you have until I come.” Revelation [2:24]-25
For those who hold to the lawless, sensual teaching of Jezebel, great dangers await ([2:22]-23). However, there is a remnant amongst the church in Thyatira who has resisted this licentious teaching. This remnant remained true to Jesus and His lordship over how they lived. And Jesus assured them that He called them to nothing more: “I do not lay on you any other burden.” He just wanted them to remain faithful: “Only hold fast what you have until I come.”
In our broken, sin-infested world, holding on to the truth about God can be like trying to hold on to your beach-side snack while pesky seagulls swarm around you. Holding on to the good deposit entrusted to us (2 Timothy [1:14]) could be likened to the way a running back has to protect the football as vicious tacklers try to strip the ball from him. We must “hold fast” to what we have. Imagine a running back twirling the ball up into the air after he gets a hand off. He’d lose the ball before he could reach the line of scrimmage. Similarly, we can’t play games with the truth.
Lord, You are a truth-telling, faithful God. We rely on You to lead us by the light of Your Word, and we seek Your aid to hold fast to the Gospel. Amen.
For Further Reading
1 Timothy 6:3-21