The Church at Philadelphia Was Obedient

There are approximately 8,810 promises in the entire Bible. In the Old Testament there are 7,706 and in the New Testament there are 1,104 wonderful promises. Deuteronomy 28 has 133 promises, which is more than any other chapter in the Bible. “We’re sitting on the prem … More

Obedience

Philadelphia was situated about 28 miles southeast of Sardis and bordered on Mysia, Lydia and Phrygia. The name means brotherly love and was named after its founder, Attalus Philadelphia, king of Pergamos. It is said that because of severe earthquakes which destroyed the city several times, many of its inhabitants lived outside the city limits. A Christian testimony has continued here until the present century. This church is commended for four things: (vv. 7-8) 

      1. Using opportunities afforded by open doors

      2. Has little power (probably only a few people). 

      3. Keeping His word through obedience and submission.

      4. Separation with no apostasy.

Christ referred to their enemies as the “synagogue of Satan” (v. 9). This is in reference to the Jews who opposed the believers. False religion has always been against the true Christian faith.  However, the day will come when all opponents of this faith will have to acknowledge the truth. The church in Philadelphia received no rebuke from Christ, but instead was commended and given a promise because they were willing to endure patiently (v. 10). This promise was that they would not enter the time of trial which shall come upon all the world (vv. 11-13). Most Bible scholars believe that this refers to the “tribulation.” This promise seems to go beyond the Philadelphia church to all those who are believers in Christ. This means that the church will be kept from that hour. These must have been precious promises to a church that was plagued by enemies.

Application

What open doors has Christ placed before me and what promises has He made to me? Have I taken advantage of these?

Revelation 3:7-13 (English Standard Version)


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