“But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.” (Revelation 2:25)
Jesus is going to come eventually and execute judgment on this world’s spiritual condition. To you in spiritual Thyatira, don’t eat those false testimonies that are sacrificed to the selfishness of idolatry, and don’t commit spiritual fornication. And don’t allow that false prophetess Jezebel church to teach you and seduce you. Be true to Jesus and his word!
“…hold fast till I come” is taught to us many places in the Word of God:
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-24)
“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
In this last scripture above the Apostle Paul taught them to “hold” to what they had been taught “whether by word, or our epistle.” In the Thyatira church age, and today, we don’t have the opportunity to have the Apostle Paul teach us directly, so we must depend upon holding fast to the written word we have left to us in the epistles that are contained within the Bible. Yes, Jesus requires and emphasizes our need to “hold fast” to the Word of God, if we are going to be his. Holding fast means being obedient to the Word, not just tucking the Bible closely under our arm and talking about it. We need to obey and live it faithfully, without the disobedience of sin!
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:9-16)
In Thyatira already there had been many gainsayers “Whose mouths must be stopped!” The only way to stop them would be by holding fast to the faithful word. Holding fast to obeying the Bible is the sound doctrine that stops the mouths of those who would deceive. They can easily deceive when the only ones trying to teach the Bible are nothing more than unfaithful, fake Christians; because there is no “soundness” in claiming to love Christ if we can’t obey what he taught. Soundness comes by obeying and continuing to holding fast.
“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;” (Hebrews 3:6-14)
Keeping confidence in God will keep you “holding fast.” The devil loves to have religious hypocrites hang around church and preach the gospel. Why? So he can destroy every ounce of confidence in anyone taking hold and believing the Word of God. Hypocrites destroy confidence – therefore we are warned in this last scripture that “we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.” We must keep our eyes on Christ Jesus if we are going to “hold fast” because so many people have failed, and done much to destroy confidence.
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:22-27)
We must not waver in holding fast. We must count God as faithful regardless of how unfaithful people around us may be. We must not become ashamed of holding fast because of what others say and do.
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me…” (2 Timothy 1:12-15)
It is by the Spirit of God, and having the Holy Ghost within us that we will be able keep and hold fast to the truth of God’s word. This is why in the next church age of Sardis Jesus severely warns them that they are almost completely dead – barely alive! What little spiritual life they left, they had better focus on strengthening it or they will lose that also!
“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Revelation 3:1-3)