Revelation 3:7–13 (ESV)
To the Church in Philadelphia
7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no
one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
8 “ ‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you
an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who
say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept my word about patient
endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which
comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Jesus assures the struggling Church in Philadelphia that their faithfulness to Him will be fully vindicated and rewarded. Outside the Church, and sadly sometimes even within it, there is a tendency to look down on those with little power. But the Lord
sees things differently. He looks for faithfulness rather than power, and He gives unsurpassed strength—even over death itself—to those who trust in Him.
“Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word … Though life be wrenched away, They cannot win the day. The Kingdom’s ours forever!” Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran
Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2206.