Revelation 3:7–13 (ESV)
Letter Six: 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.
“ ‘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.’
The word Philadelphia in greek translates to “brotherly love” or “love of brother or sister”. Jesus is also using “holy one, the true one” in verse 7 to show the Jews
that He is the Messiah. The Holy and True Messiah is the holder of the key as stated in verse 7: “who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.” The Jews at Philadelphia would recognize
the meaning of this Old Testament reference. Eliakim was given the key that opened David’s storehouse and thus received the right to dispense the temporal blessings of God’s Old Testament kingdom (Isaiah 22.22). Eliakim serves
as a type of Christ. The victorious Christ holds the key of David, which in his place represents the right to dispense the blessing of God’s kingdom of grace– forgiveness and eternal life. Out of the Seven Letters, Symrna and Philadelphia
are the only two letters that did not receive criticism from Jesus and are faithful churches. Jesus opens the door for the believers and closes the door on the nonbelievers. No one can open the door on their own merit or will, but only through
faith in Jesus Christ... and that faith was given to them. The Jews in the church were rejecting Jesus as the Messiah. I have noticed that there are many Messianic Jewish churches today, but even today they seem to return back to old laws and step
away from grace. This reminds me of Jesus teaching that you cannot put new wine in old wineskins. Jesus new ways of thinking do not fit into the old traditions.
Jesus is telling the faithful members in
Philadelphia to remain faithful and one day the Jews will be bowing at your feet. This takes me back to “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord. “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.” Again, I know I’m getting redundant, but
that is exactly what I’m talking about... The message here is to keep patient endurance and hold fast until the end time. Jesus says “I am coming soon”. I pray, Lord help me to remain faithful, to wait patiently,
and hold fast until you return. It is so easy to get sidetracked, but help me to keep You and Your Word ever before me. I thank you for your promise of forgiveness and eternal life. Amen.