Revelation 3 (NKJV)
7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia…”:
8 “I know your works…; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
9 “… and to know that I have loved you.”
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.
11 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”‘
The highlighted words above are the words that stood out to me this morning as I read the seven letters to the churches found in the Book of Revelations. Though there is no highlight in verse 13, I left it there to remind us that we are the “He or she who has an ear!” This entire book is to us today as is the entire Bible.
Philadelphia received no negative comments in their letter, as most of the others did. Look with me for a few moments at the words that stood out to me:
The city of Philadelphia was there before the Christians got there, so this city may have been a city that espoused brotherly love even before Jesus gave us His command to “Love one another.” So I don’t know if the congregation there exhibited that quality or not. I do note however, that in verse nine Jesus says that “He has Loved them…”
Why did He love them?
- Their works
- little strength (but they)
- kept His word (and did)
- not denied His name (and they also)
- kept His command to persevere (and in Vs 11 He says)
- Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown
SO — What’s here for us?
- Do the works that He has shown us in His word to do,
- …using the strength He has given us.
- Keep His word.
- Don’t deny Him, ever.
- Keep “all” of His commandments.
- Hold fast to Him and to His Word.
With that, we can keep the crown that He is preparing for each of us right now.
Not easy, but He has also give us the Holy Spirit to enable us to “Persevere” and to do all that He has commanded us to do.
We can indeed follow all His commands that He has given, even though they appear difficult sometimes.
Keep on Keeping on!