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Dr. June Normil
Jesus lavished great praise on the Philadelphian church and did not issue a rebuke to them. He opened His message by describing Himself as the One who is holy and true and who holds the key of David (Revelation 3:7), a strong affirmation of His deity. in verses 11-13, the Lord instructed the Christians to hold tightly to what they had (To remain faithful). The promises that followed were rich in meaning to these overcomers. First, the Lord declared that He would make them permanent pillars in God's Temple. This may allude to Philadelphia's reputation for devastating earthquakes. Often, in the aftermath, only temple pillars would remain standing. Second, these Christians would bear the name of the Lord and the New Jerusalem. This contrasts with the worshippers of the beast, who will bear his mark (see Revelation 13).
[For Personal Reflection] What are some examples of ways God has helped you overcome?
In Revelation 3:1-6, Jesus changed the order from His previous letters by bringing the rebuke to the front. the church of Sardis had a reputation for being a lively and active church, but in reality they were dead, lacking true spiritual vitality. In a sense, the church seemed to be "going through the motions," thinking all was well even as Jesus commanded them to wake up and realize their desperate situation. If the Christians of Sardis did not wake up and lay hold of life in the Spirit, the day of judgment would come upon them unawares (verses 2-3). Nevertheless, some in Sardis had remained alert and faithful--having given attention to their lives and therefore keeping their "garments" clean. Such Christians walked in a way that was worthy of Jesus (verse 4). The same promise was given to those in Sardis who repented. They too could join in Christ's procession in the white garments He provided. Though they had been dead, they would be written into the Book of life forever (verses 5-6).
[For Personal Reflection] How can you avoid the temptation to allow the vitality of your life in Christ to wane?
The final three letters from Christ to the churches of Asia Minor contain an inclusive call: "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (Revelation 3:22). It's a reminder that we should all take note of this revelation of Jesus' relationship with His bride (the Church) as well as the Spirit's role in the Church. It also stands as a reminder that the Spirit still speaks to churches, offering direction and correction. As believers, we should desire to always be open to the Spirit's leading as He calls us to action inside and outside of our church. We should also pray for those in leadership, that they rightly respond to the Spirit's leadership
THE SPIRIT STILL SPEAKS; ARE YOU LISTENING ?
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 94 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2020 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil