|Revelation 3:6-11 |
6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
7 To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, These things says he who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, he who opens and no man can shut, and shuts and no man can open;
8 I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it; for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name. [Notice again! Jesus is referencing their works, which are works of loving obedience to the commands you hear spoken from God in your heart, which works are energized by faith and are essential. When Paul said, "not by works," he was speaking of dead works, (from your own will), from the law: circumcision, washings, sacrifices, special foods, sabbath restrictions, days, feasts, tithing, etc.]
9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them come and bow down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.
10 Because you have kept my word with patient endurance,4 I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which will come upon all the world, to try those who dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I am coming quickly. Hold fast to what you have, so that no man takes your crown.
4 Five churches of "believers" so far, and almost all are on the way to Hell. Now, there is one church that is doing well, which is Philadelphia. So in what have they done well? You kept my word, and did not deny my name. He repeats: You have kept my word with patient endurance. They obeyed his commands and practiced his teachings, and they endured suffering with patience. Christians suffer? Yes, if you have not suffered, been afflicted, even been scourged, you are an illegitimate claimant to a relation with God. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and scourges every son whom he accepts. Heb 12:6. But,if you are without discipline, of which all [true sons of God] must share, then you are illegitimate, and not sons. Heb 12:8. And, For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps. 1 Pet 2:21. If you are determined to lead a godly life in Christ Jesus, you will suffer persecution; not only worldly persecution, but supernatural suffering: Beloved, do not think it is strange, concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. 1 Pet 4:12.