Revelation 2:25

ESV Only hold fast what you have until I come.
NIV except to hold on to what you have until I come.’
NASB Nevertheless what you have, hold firmly until I come.
CSB Only hold on to what you have until I come.
NLT except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come.
KJV But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
NKJV But hold fast what you have till I come.

What does Revelation 2:25 mean?

In this verse Jesus instructs the faithful remnant in the church at Thyatira to cling to what they had. What did they have? They had good "works…love and faith and service and patient endurance" (Revelation 2:19). In the midst of a thoroughly evil culture dominated by Satanic thought and practice, it would not be easy to remain loyal to Jesus and the truth. The remnant would need to avail themselves of the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11–17) and pray at all times in the Spirit (verse 18). By taking full advantage of these resources, the remnant would be able "to stand against the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11).

How long were the faithful believers at Thyatira supposed to hold fast what they had? Jesus instructs them in Revelation 2:25 to hold fast "until I come." Anticipation of Jesus' return is called the "blessed hope" (Titus 2:13). This hope helps believers resist false teaching and evil, and to endure suffering, knowing that we will be free from every trouble when Jesus comes again and brings His reward with Him (2 Timothy 4:7–8).
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