Church of False Assumptions- Pt 2
Attributes of Jesus
Knowledge of Jesus
Οἶδα ποῦ κατοικεῖς
‘I know where you live, where the throne of Satan is. And you hold fast to my name and did not deny your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan lives.
Most early witnesses have “I know where you live,” but some later witnesses have “I know your works and where you live.” The difference with the latter is an explicit claim to knowledge of deeds done by the church at Pergamum.
Spiritual Condition of the Church
Whatever the people’s condition, they were happy with it and regarded it highly. The Lord’s subsequent picture of reality points to a false self-sufficiency based on wrong attitudes and a wrong interpretation of the facts (Swete; Moffatt; Walvoord).
Here was a church, rich in pride but poor in grace and ignorant of the poverty.
Written to a city famous for producing eye medications, its reference here is to an inability to see spiritual values (Trench; Beckwith; Walvoord).