To the Church in Philadelphia

June 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm (Bible, Christ and the Bible, Faith, God, House of Prayer, Jesus, Life, Prayer)

To the Church in Philadelphia

7“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. 8I 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. 9I 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. 10Since 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 the earth. 11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12Him 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 from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Reading from Revelation today I was caught up in this section. I will go through each point that stands out and why.

For off, “To the angel of the church…” To every church that God speaks to here he speaks through his angels, or messengers. Why does this strike me? Well it tells me that we as a church have an angle assigned to us who acts as a messenger to and from God. A direct conduit so that he can hear the cries of the faithful.

Next “Who holds the Key of David” – It goes on from there to say “What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open”. As if David is a doorway. I take this to mean that we can learn from David how to reach the father. David got it right when it came to pursuing God. He was human and made mistakes but he still loved the lord and we should follow that example.

“I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut” There is an open door before us… What’s on the other side? God has opened that door for you to step through, no matter what you do that door will not shut until he says it’s time.

Are you willing to take that step?

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