Revelation 3: 7- 13, Philadephia, the evangelizing church.
VV 7-8, 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”: 8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
Philadelphia in Greek means brotherly love. Christ partially revealed His identity to Philadelphia as, “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”:
Words of commendation: Despite their weakness, they were strong in the word, faithful to His commands, proud of His name. persevering, loving, caring, and evangelizing. Christ promised them an open door for evangelism that no one can shut (unstoppable).
VV 9-10, 9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 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.
There was no word of rebuke for Philadelphia. Christ chastised certain Jews who worshiped in a synagogue of satan and carried out their evil deeds. Because the Philadelphian church kept Christ’s command with perseverance, Christ will keep them out from tribulation.
11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 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. 13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Words of exaltation: Persist, persevere, and overcome to get the crown of reward in heaven. Christ will make them into a pillar in the temple which was unshakable. Christ will give them a new name in the new city of God, the heavenly Jerusalem.
Personal application: God will give us a secret new name which only the recipient knows in the millennial kingdom, Rev 2:17.
Historical application: Philadelphia, the evangelizing church, corresponds to the great missionary movements of the Protestant Church from 1790 AD-1950 AD. William Kerry, the father of Protestant Missions, a British missionary to India, translated the Bible to the major Indian languages and converted thousands of Indians. His famous quotation was, “Attempt great things for God and expect great things from God’. God used William Karey to inspire great missionary movements across the continents. In 1857, there was a great revival in New York City where 10,000 souls were converted in one week and 1 million souls were converted in 1 year. Revival, preaching, evangelism, and missionary movements flourished in England, United Kingdom, and worldwide.