2018-06-14 / Worship

To the angel in Philadelphia

(Revelation 3:7-13)

We come to the time on Earth that the church in Philadelphia represents and speaks to. We are able to understand the function of the Church of Jesus Christ in the lives of mankind, as we live our lives on Earth.

The message to us comes from, “He that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth.” (verse 7) We must believe that the message is coming from Jesus to us as believers in Jesus, as the messenger to the church says, “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.” (verse 8) All of these words are positive and kind.

The first two verses make us aware of the importance of the Church of Jesus Christ in our lives on Earth, and how much we need to hear Jesus’ message to us about our daily lives.

But in verse nine we are made aware of the conflict that is present between Jesus and Christians, even though the Church of Jesus Christ has been in existence for some years at this stage in time. We must come to be able to be in a spirit of oneness, led by the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus, so we can be together in our faith toward Jesus as our Saviour.

Jesus says to us, “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.” (verse 10)

It is difficult to live our lives on Earth through the Church of Jesus Christ because of sin, but we can have success by the Holy Spirit of Jesus, working in our lives and through our lives. Jesus says, “Behold I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” (verse 11) The period of the church on Earth, represented by the church in Philadelphia, seems to be most positive, in its work with the lives of mankind. Their faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour is at the greatest height.

In verse 12 we are given a very positive summary of the lives of mankind as believers in Jesus as Saviour from our sins. It says, “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 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.” (verse 12) Believers in Jesus as our Saviour from sin. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (verse 13)

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