Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Faithful Church

"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 earth to test those who live on this earth."  Revelation 3:10

Faithfulness comes with a promise.  It is a promise that if we will continue to do as he commanded and endure patiently through it all, he will keep us from the hour of trial.  The church in Philadelphia is the faithful church. The faithful church God commended and gave a promise not to have to suffer the testing that would come to the world. 

The church in Philadelphia is the church that does not rely on itself.  It is fully trusting in God and his promises.  They had revelation knowledge of who Jesus Christ really was and what he did for them.  Jesus tells them that "I know you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name." They were not willing to deny his name and they knew that preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ was the power of God.  They knew that  God would accomplish his perfect will despite their own shortcomings and failures.  They knew that God had a plan whether they saw it or not and that he was working out their salvation.

Those who surrounded these believers clearly knew that the were loved by God.  Jesus tells them "I will make those who are the synagogue of Satan who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars - I will make them come down and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you."  Faithfulness will demonstrate the love of God that is towards us and lead others to envy us. Hopefully it will bring them to desire to have the love of God as well, which is Christ Jesus in us.

He promises them not only to keep them from the hour of trial, but that he is coming soon.  He tells them to hold on to what they have and no one will take their crown.  They fully knew what they were promised by God.  Their faith and trust in God gave them confidence in knowing that their salvation was firm and that they would be rewarded by God for trusting in him and his strength. 

He then tells them to him who overcomes, he will make a pillar in the temple of my God and never will he leave it.  The greatest blessing is knowing that abiding power of God in us and being confident that he is with us.  It is the place where God can come into our lives and we can know his power and presence.  It is like a temple when we become that living sacrifice which is holy and acceptable to God and our spiritual act of worship.

He also will write on him the name of my God, the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem which is coming down out of heaven.  He will also write a new name on those who remain faithful in the church in Philadelphia reflecting that these are the living stones.  Just as Peter said in 1  Peter 2:5 "you also, like a living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Christ Jesus."  When we receive this new name, it will be one who represented God for his glory!

This is the church I want to be found in.  I want to be one who is faithful trusting in God relying on his strength, word, truth and son.  It is my hope that we can all be part of the church in Philadelphia!


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