Faithful unto Death
I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. ~Revelation 2:13
Faithfulness implies unswerving commitment and loyalty to a cause, mission, and purpose. Our Lord is very concerned that He will find faith on the earth when He returns (Luke 18:8). Paul stated that a steward is to be found faithful. A husband and wife pledge faithfulness to one another for their marriage. This morning, our devotion centers on Antipas, a man who is described as a faithful martyr.
We see Antipas and his MUNICIPALITY.
Antipas lived in the city of Pergamos. It was a commercial city. It was located on the western part of Asia Minor in what is called Mysia Minor. Mysia Minor was north of Smyrna, 20 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The river Selinus flowed through it, and the Cetius ran past it. It was the birthplace of the physician Galen, and had a great royal library. It was also a cultic city where many cult religi