By Tammy Phillips
September 21, 2021
TO: The angel (messenger, pastor) of the CHURCH OF PHILADELPHIA (The Faithful Church) Philadelphia was established as a key city to further the culture and language of Greece. It was a prosperous, beautiful city and had one of the greatest highways in the world at the time. It went from Europe to the East.
FROM: Jesus, “He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens, and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens“ (Revelation 3:7 NKJV) from Is 22:22
Jesus alone was Holy and True. He was not fake, but real and genuine. Jesus was/is the keeper of the keys. He could open doors and keep them open. He could shut doors that could not be opened. By holding the keys, He had the power to lock and unlock. He used Philadelphia as a church to further His kingdom and spread Christianity.
The Philadelphian Church followed Jesus’ footsteps. They obviously were real and genuine. They chose to step through open doors and opportunities that Jesus put before them in spreading His word. They didn’t bow or enter into the pretense and fakeness of others in the area. They stood strong.
I LIKE THIS: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. … 10 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 3:8-10 NKJV)
The Church of Philadelphia had little strength and power to faithfully stand. Their little strength was their big faith in God. They kept His word and did not deny His name. They lived up to their name and who they were called to be in Him. They persevered because they endured. Jesus said He would keep them from the hour of trial, or Great Tribulation. He tells us the same thing, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Mark 13:13 NKJV)
We must keep and guard His word. To keep His word, we must know His word. To know His word, we must study His word. Joshua told us to meditate on it day and night. Holy Spirit will illuminate the word to us. However, it helps to use different translations of the Bible, various Bible Apps, concordances, and commentaries to learn as much as we can from His word. As I study Revelation, I need all the help I can get. I have five books, two Bible apps, a computer, and my phone, as tools to help me dig for the hidden treasures in God’s word.
In your profession don’t you use the best tools at your disposal to excel? Isn’t your network important for opening doors and helping you do the best you can do? We can learn from Holy Spirit and His word alone, but I encourage you to use everything in your arsenal to learn more about God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His word is the power that helps us perservere and further His kingdom.
I DON’T LIKE: Jesus did not mention one thing He had against this church! How cool would it be to have this line blank in an email from Him?
DO THIS: “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” (Revelation 3:11 NKJV)
Jesus plainly told the Church to prepare. He implied, HEY, LOOK, I AM COMING QUICKLY. I am coming suddenly and unexpectantly. Again, He says: “HOLD FAST…” Hold on tight. He adds…” that no one may take your crown.” Can you hear Jesus cheering us on? “Finish strong. Stand. Stand. Stand. Don’t let anybody take the victory, the crown, from you! OVERCOME!”
REWARD: “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And [I will write on him] My new name.” (Revelation 3:12 NKJV)
I absolutely love the picture painted of this reward. You have heard me say it many times. BE RESOLUTE. What will a resolute stand get you? A pillar in the temple of God and a big-time endorsement deal. Pillars are perfectly aligned, pictures of strength and support. Pillars find rest on the foundation. Jesus is our foundation. What an endorsement deal! When we are faithful, He endorses us. He promises to write on us: the name of God, the name of the city of God, and His new name. This appears to be an eternal all-access pass and the endorsement deal of all time.
When I die, I do not need my name written on any earthly stadium, field nor building. I could care less if I even have a tombstone. I want to be remembered as a faithful resolute pillar in Him with His endorsement and Name written all over me as many times and in as many places as He pleases.
I enCOURAGE you to resolutely stand in Him, once again. Keep His word. Promote the Name above all names, Jesus. Endure. Be steadfast and constant. Be resolute and wait for your reward. Picture it. It will be so worth it.