Lost letters of Pergamum Essay

1249 Words Dec 2nd, 2013 5 Pages
Ivy Davison
October 25, 2013
Prof. Brodin
Pergamum Reflection
The Lost Letters of Pergamum
“You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city--where Satan lives.” (Revelations 2:13). In “The Lost Letters of Pergamum”, by Bruce Longenecker, he takes the name found in Revelations and creates a fictional character in a world based two thousand years ago. Antipas is a Roman Civic leader who learns much about Christianity through Luke’s Gospel writings. He learns in Luke’s writings that Jesus is “the answer” for both him, and for the first century Greco-Roman world. In many ways the world Longenecker created is similar to that of the 21st century and in many ways
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The Roman world and Antipas needed Jesus, he was “the answer”. They needed someone to love and they needed to be loved.
Antipas testimony is an example of a gradual salvation. He wasn’t suddenly saved, but overtime and a lot of effort he became saved. This is so relevant to our modern 21st century world. So often we want things to happen quickly. I grew up in the church but was never truly saved. I was told that Christ died on the cross and rose again, and I knew all the bible verses but I never really believed it or accepted it. All of my friends were either saved young and automatically understood and believed it, or they were quickly and dramatically converted. It never seemed like a process for any of them, but it has been a process for me just like it was for Antipas. I think it’s a good reminder that God works in His own timing and His own ways. I had my own doubts about God that led me not to believe, and then more and more happened in my life that made me think that God wasn’t real or wasn’t a God I wanted anyways. Just like for the first century Greco-Roman’s the gospel message was a nice story for me, but never anything real, or life breathing. Just like I had my own reasons for not believing Antipas and the Romans had theirs. They didn’t believe based on blasphemy told by their government and fear of the Emperor. Why believe something that could get you killed? It honestly doesn’t make sense, unless it becomes something more than a thing that will

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