Antipas, My Faithful Martyr - Revelation 2:12-13
A martyr is one who is killed for his faith. Only two individuals are specifically named as martyrs in scripture, Stephen (Acts 22:20) and Antipas (Revelation 2:13). The word itself appears only three times, twice in the singular form and once in the plural form, but each time great effort is taken to associate the martyr(s) with the Saviour ("thy martyr" - Acts 22:20; "my . . . martyr" - Revelation 2:13; "the martyrs of Jesus" - Revelation 17:6). Scripture provides few details concerning the life of Antipas, but what is mentioned speaks volumes. He was a faithful man who was slain for his faith. He was a man who, like the believers at Pergamos, held fast the Lord’s name and did not deny the faith.
- (For smaller children) Many people in the Bible had faith in God and chose to die for that faith rather than take back their message or say they didn't believe. Consider these examples: 2 Chronicles 24:20-21; Matthew 14:3-10; Hebrews 11:35b; Revelation 6:9; Revelation 20:4.
- A man must meet two requirements in order to be identified as a martyr; He must be a man of faith, and he must die for that faith. How do we know these things are true of Antipas?
- Why is it such a beautiful truth that the Lord’s martyrs are associated with Him each time in scripture? How does this demonstrate that Christ takes special ownership of His martyrs?
- Thank God for those who have loved Him enough to die for Him.
- Ask the Lord to give you a deeper love for Him.
Pardon Me, O My God
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