The second church addressed by Jesus in Revelation chapter 2 is the one in Smyrna. It’s one of the two churches about whom Jesus doesn’t have a negative word to say. (The other one is Philadelphia). Interestingly, these two churches who were the most faithful were also the ones who were undergoing the most serious persecution. Coincidence? Probably not.
Let’s read the letter now. As you do, see if you can spot the pairs of opposites that seem to be the theme of this letter.