A Commentary About the Seven Churches Church in Philadelphia

Church in Philadelphia
Chapter Six

The message Jesus sent to the church at Philadelphia: Revelation 3:7-13
Jesus address the angel of the church 3:7
Jesus gives a self-description of Himself 3:7
I know thy works: Revelation 3:8
The church with little strength
He that overcometh
He that hath an ear

A Basic foundation church of Philadelphia

I personally know very little about the history of the church at Philadelphia only that it was a small town on the edge of a fertile valley where they did farming. There is still farming there today. I find this church with the church of Smyrna that the Lord has nothing bad to say about these two churches or no condemnation. Yet there is another way of addressing no condemnation and that is that between the two churches Jesus had no specific complaint. Yet both churches were struggling to maintain their faith and witness in the face of strong opposition from what Jesus described as “the synagogues of Satan” that proclaimed themselves to be Jews and yet they were not Revelation 2:9. It would be well to note that in both cities the local Jewish congregation that they were in the position to be harass by those who claim to be Jews and were not.

Jesus sends both of these churches words of encouragement, however, with quite a different emphasis. To the church at Smyrna He send them encouragement for their time of persecution, while the church at Philadelphia the loyal and faithful witness.

A Church That Kept the Faith!

This church along with Smyrna among the seven churches Christ has no condemnation or nothing bad to say about them. However, let me make this example unto you while people try to call themselves Philadelphians and showing a very distinct lack of brotherly love. This church Jesus addresses them as the one who holds the key of David. Note: this key could be what is known as the Davidic covenant, for in this covenant God says that He would out of the seed of David and after him, in him would God established a kingdom forever.

When Jesus introduces Himself as “he that is holy, he that is true,” I cannot personally find words humanly to describe the true and holy one of God. Yes, every Christian knows that He is faithful, true, just, and trustworthy and that we can count on that. The message that Jesus sent this church I find inspiring to me that makes me want to walk more faithful and not to listen to every wind of doctrine. This is a message that states that Christ and Christ alone holds the key to the kingdom of heaven.

As we continue to address each of these churches and the message sent to, each of the angels of each church from the Lord that He will fulfill all of prophesies regarding the covenant with David. I must remind you that these seven churches were selected by Jesus because they had faced particular issues then that would address the church today. This church was a loyal church to Christ and with His word and name and therefore, Christ say that He has opened a door that no man can close.

Jesus self-description of Himself
Philadelphia: He that is holy, He that the key of David, He that openeth and no man can shutteth

General references to Revelation 3:7: Acts 3:14; John 14:6; 1 John 5:20; Revelation 3:14; 19:11; Isaiah 9:27; 22:22; Jeremiah 23:5; Matthew 16:19; Revelation 1:18; Job 12:14

Revelation 3:7 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; KJV

Revelation 3:7 “And 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 one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: NKJV

Revelation 3:7 To the angel of the Messianic Community in Philadelphia write: ‘Here is the message of HAKadosh, the True One, the one who has the key of David, who, if he opens something, no one else can shut it, and if he closes something, no one else can open can open it. CBJ

Revelation 3:7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens, says this: NASB

Revelation 3:7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. NIV

Where does this prophetic word of the key of David begin and why is it so important for the church of toady? You will find that the prophet Isaiah gave this prophetic word to give to Israel and now the Lord gives us His prophetic word to the church. In the words of the prophet Isaiah states “I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So, he shall open, and no one shall shut:” Isaiah 22:21-22. This is the prophetic word of Jesus in the covenant with David. One might interpret the key of David as the key to death and the key to Hades (Revelation 1:18).

However, one might interpret it as that Christ has the key to eternal life and all of these I believe to be right. Jesus now states by identifying Himself as the “true and holy One”. This phrase is common in the Old Testament which we find in the book of Isaiah 40:25; 43:15. The key here does more much more than open the way to just mankind it is the key that opens the way into eternal life and the kingdom of heaven.

General references to Revelation 3:8: Revelation 3:1; 1 Corinthians 16:9

Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. KJV

Revelation 3:8 I know what you are doing. Look, I have in front of you an open door, and no one can shut it. I know that you have little power, yet you have obeyed my message and have not disowned me. CJB

Revelation 3:8 ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. NASB

Revelation 3:8 I know your deeds. See, I placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. NIV

Revelation 3:8 “I know your works. See I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. NKJV

Again it is well to NOTE: that Jesus makes it clear that He knows are works. In addition, Jesus also makes it clear that He is in control of events that take place within the church and that He is the One who opens the door for He knows we have little strength.

Consider this example for understanding this text of scripture to some it is a word of encouragement while to others it is a word of rebuke. I state it in this manner because to some when you say you know what they are doing is encouragement while others it will bring this line of thought “no you do not know what I am doing or why I am doing it.” However, the words of the Lord is clear “I know thy works”: Logically the Lord God Almighty knows the very acts we do from the time we are born and our endeavors, even the intents by which we perform any certain task in life, whether it be for His glory or for our own vain glory here upon this earth. Therefore, Jesus Christ knows our works, our thoughts, and the desire of our heart today as well as He did when He had His message sent to the church in Philadelphia, the recipients of this message. In addition, there is absolutely nothing that can be hid from an all knowing and seeing God.

General references to Revelation 3:9: Revelation 2:9; Isaiah 45:14; 49:23; 60:14

Revelation 3:9 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. KJV

Revelation 3:9 ‘Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie – I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. NKJV

Revelation 3:9 Here, I will give you some from the synagogue of the Adversary, those who call themselves Jews but aren’t – on the contrary, they are lying – see, I will cause them to come and prostrate themselves at your feet, and they will know that I have loved you. CJB

Revelation 3:9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are lairs – I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. NIV

Revelation 3:9 ‘Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but lie – behold I will make them to come and bow down at your feet, and to know that I have loved you. NASB

One of the ways we could interpret this text of scripture that this will happen at the Great White Throne Judgment if not earlier according to what the prophet Isaiah writes in Isaiah 60:14. This text of scripture here in Isaiah is very clear that those who have afflicted you shall come, bowing to you.

General references to Revelation 3:10: 2 Timothy 2:12; 2 Peter 2:9; Luke 2:1; Isaiah 24:17

Revelation 3:10 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. KJV

Revelation 3:10 ‘Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth. NASB

Revelation 3:10 Because you did obey my message about persevering, I will keep you from the time of trial coming upon the whole world to put the people living on earth to the test. CJB

Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. NKJV

Revelation 3:10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will keep you from the hour of trail that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. NIV

Here I believe that Christ states a promise that He will keep them from the hour of temptation as well as the trails that the whole world will face.

General references to Revelation 3:11: Philippians 4:5; Revelation 2:5; 2:10

Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. KJV

Revelation 3:11 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. NKJV

Revelation 3:11 I am coming soon; hold on to what you have, so that no one can take away your crown. CJB

Revelation 3:11 ‘I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, in order that no one take your crown. NASB

Revelation 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. NIV

Again this text of scripture is clear that Jesus is coming soon and that they are to hold fast in order that no man takes their crown.

General references to Revelation 3:12: 1 Kings 7:21; Jeremiah 1:18; Galatians 2:9; Psalms 23:6; Revelation 14:1; 22:4; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation21:2; 22:4; 2:17

Revelation 3:12 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. KJV

Revelation 3:12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. NIV

Revelation 3:12 ‘He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. NASB

Revelation 3:12 I will make him who wins the victory a pillar in the temple o my God, and he will never leave it. Also I will write on him the name of my God and the name of my God’s city, the new Yerushalayim coming down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name. CJB

Revelation 3:12 “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. 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 out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him MY new name.” NKJV

Let us notice the important factor in the promise that Jesus states here regarding them who overcome not only of this present day but also of the future blessing to come. The glory of the kingdom of heaven comes by overcoming the trails and suffering we do in this present age of time we call the last days. Therefore, the rule of this promise is without exception that we must overcome the suffering in order to gain the reward of Christ to glorify Him that He may write His name upon us. Jesus also makes mention of a three-fold name to them that overcome that they shall bear. I would feel safe in stating that this express who they are and what they are before the Lord God Almighty.

Therefore, our Lord and Savior promises to the faithful Christian that they shall receive His Name, the Name of God, and the name of the New Jerusalem. To my personal understanding this promise is stating the highest degree that we can gain by walking in the commands of Christ and the commandments of His Father. No we will never, be God or Christ; nor will we ever be, however, we will hold the highest possible manifestation or degree which is conceivable in the human creature as we exist between God and His people.

My point of logic is that for us as Christians we must hold the highest degree possible in the likeness of Christ and to reach the highest development in our relationship with God and Christ Jesus. In this relationship Jesus has promised that we shall see Him, eat with Him, an talk with us, and sit with Him on His throne.

General references to Revelation 3:13: Revelation 2:7

Revelation 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. KJV

Revelation 3:13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” NKJV

Revelation 3:13 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. CJB

Revelation 3:13 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. NASB

Revelation 3:13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. NIV

Revelation 3:13 Again the Lord states seven times that we are to have an ear to hear what the Spirit says unto the churches. Commentary about the seven churches Laodicea