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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.”
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..
Grace Bible Church Vesper Worship Service Message
By Brother Benjie Baclagon