Church in Philadelphia – The Church That Had Endured Patiently
- 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
- 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
- 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
- 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
- 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
- 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
- 13 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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Philadelphia was the youngest of the seven Churches.
The City of Philadelphia was a prosperous city. However, they had many gods and temples. John is explaining that Jesus (the Holy and True Lord) is dictating the note.
- John is only penning the note as directed.
7 The Church of Philadelphia is being harassed
- Jesus describes himself as: Holy and true. (John 14:6) So, what Jesus is about to say is the truth.
- The unsaved Jews were giving the Church of Philadelphia a hard time.
- Jesus wanted to assure the church that he holds the key of David.
- Meaning it is Jesus who holds the key to salvation.
- Perhaps the unsaved Jews believed that because they were from the line of Abraham, David, etc., they would automatically go to heaven.
- Although Jesus was also born from the line of David, he is Israel’s promised King.
- Also, the Lord and King of all heaven and earth.
- Jesus is the only way to get into Heaven.
- Therefore, it is Jesus that holds the key to open and shut the door to his kingdom.
- In fact, no-one, except Him, can close it.
- Furthermore, if Jesus shuts the door then no-one, except Him, can open it, once shut.
- Jesus opens the door for all true born-again Gentiles and saved Jews (Messianic)
- He closes the door on unsaved sinners.
8 Jesus is telling the Church of Philadelphia
- He has seen their works and will now comment on them.
- Jesus knows that this Church has served God well.
- As a result, he has the power and authority to open the door for them.
- That is to say, Jesus has opened the door to the Church (their names are written in the book of life).
- So, they can continue to spread the good news of Jesus Christ without worry.
- No one can shut it – as God will keep it open for them.
- And furthermore, Jesus won’t shut it on them.
Jesus praises the congregation for having a little strength
- “Little strength” in this case is not a bad thing. It means dependability on Jesus.
- They have been depending on God in their weak moments of temptation.
- Why? Because Jesus’ strength comes through in our weakness.
- Jesus then praises the people, for keeping “My word” and not having denied “My name”
- That is, being faithful and living a life according to Him.
9 Jesus has nothing bad to say against this Church.
- Jesus finds nothing to say against Church of Philadelphia.
- However, Jesus had much to say about the unsaved Jews trying to oppress them.
- In this case, the Jews (of the Synagogue) who choose to reject Jesus are harassing the Church.
- Jesus says the persecuting Jews were Jews in name only (who say they are Jews and are not, but they lie).
- In fact, they have no spiritual connection to the people of faith. Possibly meaning men of faith like Abraham, David, etc.
- Jesus tells us that the Jews who lie belong to the Synagogue of Satan.
- One day the unsaved people will have to humble themselves to the faithful servants they once mocked.
- With that act, the pretenders will finally see God’s love for the true believers of Christ.
10 The hour of trial.
- This could be speaking of everyday troubles that all people (even born again Christians) will go through.
- It does not mean that God will keep all troubles away from us. It means that Jesus will be with us as we go through it.
- Or it may mean that Jesus will keep all born again gentiles and saved Jews from the tribulations of the end days.
- Perhaps true believers will be taken away by the rapture before the 7 years of the end times tribulations.
- Regardless, those who fail to accept the salvation offered by Jesus must endure God’s wrath.
11 Stay strong in faith
- Jesus will come suddenly and unexpectedly
- The Church of Philadelphia, born-again gentiles and saved Jews throughout all history are to keep the faith and stay strong in Jesus.
- Furthermore, by keeping faith, no one can take away their crown of victory.
- In the same way, neither will God give it away to others.
12 The people who overcome:
- The people who keep the faith in Jesus will become leaders in the temple of God.
- If the saved stand strong, Jesus will reinforce that strength in us.
- “I will write my name” means that Jesus will acknowledge us if we acknowledge him.
- As a result, we will be with Jesus forevermore in the New Jerusalem
- In fact, New Jerusalem will come down from God (heaven).
- The name “New Jerusalem” will be written on the saved by Jesus and will be with him eternally.
13 Jesus gives an invitation:
- To all who have ears.
- Listen to what Jesus said to the Churches.
- This is a warning to all people of all eras.
- Pay attention to what Jesus is saying to the Church of Philadelphia.
- And take the same action.
Be strong in faith Romans 13: 14