February 6th, 2011
The next church mentioned in the Book of Revelation is the church at Philadelphia. This church has some good news delivered and a reminder.
In chapter 3 verse 8 it says, “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me“.
Verse 10 goes on to say that because of their faithfullness under duress God will “protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world“.
This would be great news to hear that, even though bad things are coming, God will shield you from them. It sounds very much like the passover in Egypt!
This section then finishes with a reminder to stay true to God. Verses 11-12 tell of the reward for those who stay faithful until the end…
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God“.
What a great promise. If they stay faithful to God until the end, they will become pillars of God’s Temple and they will never leave it! They will become citizens in the City of God!
I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to stay true to God and live my life in a way that honours and serves Him always.