And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is True, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I will come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Attribute: “He that is holy, He that is True, He that hath the key of David, He that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts and no man opens.”
Jesus said I know:
- your works
- you have little strength
- you have kept My Word
- You have not denied My Name
The church at Philadelphia has little strength but they kept God’s Word and has not denied His name. This is the second church that the Lord did not find a fault with. This church is holy and true–holding fast to the Word of the Lord and not deviating from it. And because of this the Lord is going to “keep them from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world to try them...”
The meaning of this attribute given to this church is this:
V7 These things says He that is Holy, He that is True:
Holy 40 sacred, pure, moral blameless, consecrated
True 228 truthful, real, genuine, conformed to the truth
Both of these is what this church is.
...Key of David once the door is open–salvation is assured. Anyone can come and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. But once the door is shut–judgement is certain. Matthew 25: 1-13: The parable of the 10 virgins.
Key–2807 Kleis, a key as shutting a lock Isaiah 22:20-22
Door 2374 door, portal or entrance (the opening or closure)
- 1Corinthians 16:8-9 Paul said, "But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries."
- 2 Corinthians 2:12 "Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,"
- Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
- Colossians 4:3 Withal praying also for us that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I speak.
- John 10:9 I Am the Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Be careful! who the door is opened to, not everything is a good opportunity––James 5:9 Grudge no, one against another, brethren lest you be condemned: behold, the judge stands before the door.
V8 Strength 1411 dunamis power, miraculous power. Ability, abundance. Spoken of intrinsic (internal) power.
Little 3398 mikros small in size, quantity, number or figurative dignity. least, less, little small.
BUT they have kept God's Word and have not denied Jesus' Name.
V9 Jesus said, "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you."
These people which worship satan are wearing out the Christians of Philadelphia, that is why they have 'little strength'. They have not nor will they let go of God's Word. Jesus is going to step in and they will know they can not mess with God's people.
V10 ...I will also keep you...
V11 hold that fast...
The word for Churches today is to hold on to God's Word––The Truth no matter how weary we get, hold on and don't let go. Keep working for the Lord doing what He tells us to do. He will step in and will deal with the enemy of God's Word and our faith. We have assurance of salvation and the comfort of belonging to Him and a community of people of like precious faith.
Reward: He that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God and he shall go no more out (assurance of salvation): and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem (belonging), which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name.