I remember hearing a story about spotting counterfeit money. A banker was interviewed and asked how he could spot fakes. The interviewer suggested, “Do you have samples of counterfeit bills that you study? Things that you learn to spot in fakes?” But the banker shook his head with a smile. “A lot of people think that, but actually, if you want to be able to spot a fake, you don’t study fakes. You study the real thing. I just handle real money so much that when it’s not real, it’s quite obvious.”

In light of what the glorified Christ spoke to the Church in Pergamum, may we be a people who can spot false teaching and bad theology, not because we study fakes, but because we study and know the real thing. May we be a people who study the Word of God and know it well. Let’s pick up our Bibles today, and read it, study it, discuss it, and live it out. That we might know God as he really is, as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, given to us through his Word.

Rev. 2:12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.
Rev. 2:13 “ ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’