Philadelphia Church :Faithful Little One

Philadelphia Church : Faithful Little One

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write :

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength , yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not , but are liars. I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on earth.

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have , so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it, I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God , the New Jerusalem which is coming down out of heaven fro my God; and I will also write on him my new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 3:7-13


The church in Philadelphia is known as the church with little strength. “Little” in this passage came from the word “micros” which means small in size, in quantity, in number or dignity. The Philadelphia church is just a mini church. The word “little” used here came from the Greek word “micros” which is also the same word used by Jesus several times to refer to children. The same word “little one” is also used for Zaccheus, the tax collector.

Philadelphia church is a church that was small in size , number and material resources. In the eyes of the world they are weak yet they are spiritually strong. The Philadelphia church though insignificant in the eyes of the world has a crown waiting for them in heaven. The Philadelphia church was a church that had found the key to what really matters in God’s kingdom.

“ Jesus holds the key.”

“Jesus is holy and true.”

These words are implications of Jesus deity. Jesus is God because only God is holy. Jesus is the true one for Jesus always speak the truth. In a world that worships many gods, Jesus is the true one. Jesus holds the key to the door that we must enter to in life and ministry. Jesus holds the key to what really matters in life. Jesus alone holds the key leading to salvation. As it is written in Acts 4:10-12:

“Then know this, you and all the people of Israel : It is by the name of JesusChrist of Nazareth whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead , that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected , which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Jesus alone holds the key to “eternal life.”Jesus alone holds the key to the closed doors of our lives. The believers in Philadelphia were right in centering their lives , their church, their ministries in JesusChrist. They were right in striving to be faithful to JesusChrist. Their smallness was not a hindrance to accomplishing noble things for Christ. It is not the size of the church that really matters to the Lord, but its fervency and faithfulness in serving the Lord. No matter how small is the task entrusted to us by the Lord, we should strive hard to be faithful in accomplishing the task. We might not people of great significance in our churches, but our greatness in the eyes of the Lord depends upon our faithfulness . We should strive hard to be great in the eyes of the Lord not in the eyes of the world. No matter how small our task is, we must do this task with excellence for the glory of the Lord.

The Philadelphia church had done great deeds for the Lord inspite of their limitations. They kept the Word of Christ and did not deny his Name. They had kept the Word of Christ to endure patiently. They persevered through thick and thin throughout all life’s difficulties. Inspite of their smallness and weakness they kept on trusting the Lord. They did not deny the Name of Christ . To deny Christ is not only speaking blasphemies against him but to deny Christ is to speak and live as if we do not know him.

The church in Philadelphia has an opportunity in the future, an “open door.” The Lord seems to be telling them that there is for them an open door of usefulness in the ministry and in mission. This is both an encouragement and challenge for them. They were encouraged that inspite of their limitation and smallness, God prepared a plan for them. Sometimes in our lives it is amazing to realize that inspite of our shortcomings and weaknesses the Lord still counts us trustworthy to do the works of the ministry.

We are to discern which door the Lord has opened for us. “See”. Not every opportunity is an open door. When we see the open door, we must be careful not to fail to enter it due to fear or laziness. When we enter the open door, we must not enter the opportunity by such things as doing the workout of wrong motives or with half-hearted efforts. Always be reminded of Ecclesiates 9:10 ,” Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.”

The Lord wanted to make it known that the Philadelphia church were loved by him. The Lord wants to make it known that he loves his people. Throughout the Scriptures the Lord has openly declared his love for us again and again. The Lord will vindicate his people to show to their enemies that he loves them. Jesus loves the faithful church. It is not a sin to be small but it is a sin to be unfaithful. I think no church should think of itself as big or great – we are simply a little flock of a great Shepherd.

The Philadelphia church was told to hold on for there is a precious reward waiting for them, if they would be careful. They were told to hold fast , for there is a precious reward awaiting them. God promises the faithful little ones will be spared from the great trial that will test the whole world. This promise strengthens the position of pre-tribulation rapture. True believers of Christ will be spared from the Tribualtion period. The true believers will experience “rapture” before the days of the “Great Tribulation.” The believers were told to hold on for a great reward is awaiting them.

Promise to the Overcomers

The overcomers will be made pillars in the Temple of God. When the Christians are in Heaven , they will be pillars. They are the kind of people who will give much glory to God. The Lord will write on the true Christian the name of God and the name of the city of God. This is somewhat similar to seal of ownership . A true faithful believer is completely owned and possessed by God.His belongingness is to the Lord alone. His thoughts and hearts are completely possessed by God. Someday in Heaven, God will declare that he is indeed truly belong to Him. He will never be cast away from the city of God, the New Jerusalem. He will be a heir of the indestructible Kingdom of God.

As Christians we belong to the Lord not to the world. That is why we will never find true comfort in the things of the world. We will never be truly satisfied in this world until we are in Heaven our real home..We may not be heir of the wealthiest man on earth, we may not inherit a great fortune here on earth, but it is wonderful to realize of the very great reward awaiting us in Heaven..


SOURCE :

Grace Bible Church Vesper Worship Service Message

By Brother Benjie Baclagon

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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Church growth has been the focus of many churches and some view it as a measure of success.

I sincerely enjoyed this look at the church of Philadelphia. I would much rather see a church small that is healthy in faith and effective in ministry then to just have a large church of more or less attenders. Not that large churches can't be sincere but making numbers the goal rather than making Jesus the focus doesn't necessarily make for a spiritually healthy congregation.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Amen dear Ate Cristina. The smaller churches often have the more stronger in faith and stand together firmly in their belief like a family.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Cristina,

"Jesus alone holds the key to “eternal life." Amen. Thanks for sharing some interesting facts about this church. The thing I like about the church at Philadelphia is that Christ had no words of condemnation for them. They were truly a church after Christ and Him alone.


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Raymond Tremain 5 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

Cristina, so true what you have written here about the Philadelphia church, I wonder just how many churches nowadays can place themselves in the same possition is to have little, but to have great faith, most churches now seem to turn away from the true teachings.

God loves all


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Tamarajo it is great to read your comments for this hub. Truly a lot of churches have made compromises with the world just to increase the numbers of their attenders. The truth is the quality of the congregation has suffered because of these compromises. The Lord considers more the quality of believers in a church than the quantity. What will you do to a very large congregation when majority of its believers are carnal and wordly. I rather have a church that is just small but consists of faithful true believers. Thank you for a visit. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Dave Matthews great to see you on this hub. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. I rather be belong to a small church that lives like a family than to be in a large congregation where people hardly know each other. That is really what what happening in megachurches. A church should live like a family. Blessings to you always and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Lifegate thank for taking time to visit this hub. Your visit and comments are always appreciated. Truly the Philadelphia church is the glorious bride of Christ. Though only a small church and seemingly insignificant in the eyes of the world it is the church awaiting a great reward in heaven. In the eyes of the Lord, they are very precious. Blessings to you always and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Brother Raymond it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comments are always appreciated. I rather desire to be in a church that is small but fervent and faithful in serving and living for the Lord. The Lord considers not the bigness of the church but its faithfulness in keeping His Word and bearing His Name. The Philadelphia church is just a small church but it is a faithful church in serving the Lord and keeping His Word. That is why they are considered as the glorious bride of Christ. Blessings to you always and regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Cristina, Wonderful! This is a beautiful, powerful and inspiring "Message!"

As you well stated:"No matter how small is the task entrusted to us by the Lord, we should strive hard to be faithful in accomplishing the task. We might not people of great significance in our churches, but our greatness in the eyes of the Lord depends upon our faithfulness. We should strive hard to be great in the eyes of the Lord not in the eyes of the world." Amen & AMEN! The Lord is totally aware of the intentions of our hearts! We must seek to obey Him above all else! It is important to live before "an audience of ONE!" Thank you for sharing this inspiring message! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! "To GOD Be The GLORY!"


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans it is great to hear from you again. Thanks for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.


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lionswhelp 5 years ago

Hello cristina327,

Very nice Hub. There are many 7th Day Christians that look at these verses and see them as a place of safety. The best place to cross reference these verses is found in Revelations 12, Here we can see the sequence to where these saints will go. It will be somewhere in the Midddle East around Palestine and Arabia. These saints do not go to any rapture up in heaven but will be in a place that is safe somewhere in the wilderness for 3 1/2 years, Revelations 12:6,14-16. Satan either sends a flood or large army to try and capture them or in someway a literal flood of water will be let loose after them, but God will cause the earth to open and swallow up the flood. This shows that this place is still on the earth.

Also in verse 17 it shows the Dragon persecuting the saints left behind and who are the Laodican church in Revelation 3:14-21, that keep God's commandments but have been lukewarm.

Also in Isaiah several places are mentioned in Moab and a desert place among the rocks here on the earth,Isaiah 26:17-21, Isaiah 16:3-4 Isaiah 33:15-17. So it is not up in heaven but here on the earth waiting for Christ's return, Revelation 22:17.

Another highlight of this little church is that though they have little strength they are more than likely a small egalitarian church that practices equality and has both men and women ministers. This is what Jesus Christ started in the NT when he fulfilled Genesis 3:15 and started the church at the first Pentecost Acts 2:17-18. There are very few churches that are egalitarian today. Most churches ignore their teaching today but when Jesus returns it will be the one that he will use as his Bride because she is faithful and persistant with the work she has now. I hope this helps you.


yddilar 5 years ago

Shalom, Cristina. There is a definite advantage being the saints of the church of Philadelphia that is small in number, but gigantic in faith. We have no denominational creeds to follow, only the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to guide us.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi yddilar thank you for dropping by. Great to hear from you. Blessings and regards.

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