CHRIST’S MESSAGE TO PHILADELPHIA Rev. 3:7-13 FBCPC- 7-7-13 AM
CITY – 3:7a – “Philadelphia” = brotherly love – named after founder Attalus Philadelphus, King of Pergamos (159-138 BC). It was 25 miles south of Sardis. It was called the” city of brotherly love” because of this king’s loyalty to his brother, Eumenes, the king of Lydia. The city was destroyed in 17 AD by an earthquake and then rebuilt by Tiberius. It, like all of the seven cities was a center of idolatry, But also it is the Church of the Faithful Remnant. It pictures true and faithful believes in all of church history. It also depicts the period of church history escaping from the dead state churches of Protestantism and the new awakening, and the Missionary zeal of the last 3 centuries.
CHRIST 3:7b is seen as:
COMMENDATION – 3:8. There was no condemnation for Smyrna only their suffering but not because of wrong they did or for Philadelphia – They had revival, missions, church planting, worldwide evangelism.
“Out of the living death of Sardis flows two streams - Philadelphia - nothing to rebuke and Laodicea - nothing to praise.” – Donald Grey Barnhouse
CHARACTER – 3:9,10 = Faithfulness – “Since there is a return to the first things in this assembly, Satan attacks by trying to injecting legalism; it is the Judaizing system in its opposition to the truth of grace.
This is not true Old Test. Theology.” – C.L. Feinberg
They stood holy in the midst of the Judizers (dead Protestantism); stood strong in the strength of the Lord though they were very weak in the flesh. II Cor.12:10 They kept – persevered. Therefore they would be kept from (not through) the hour of testing (Tribulation Period Rev. 6-19). “Whole world” - permanent dwellers. We are pilgrims Phil. 3:18-20; I Peter 2:11
CROWN – 3:11 –for steadfastness- “hold fast”cf. I Cor. 9:24; Read I Cor. 3:13-15
An unfaithful servant may lose their crown but not their salvation.
COVENANT – 3:11,12 – Overcomers – Pillars I King 7:21on which were written records of the feats and victories.
COMMAND – 3:13 – To hear. “A command to believers to hear is never out of place, because it is a long spiritual exercise to be quick to hear.” - C.L. Feinberg
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