"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Who We Are As People, Who We Are as Churches! Part 6
6. The PhiladelphiaChurch
“7 I know your deeds. See, I have 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. 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (Revelation 3:7-11)
The Church of Philadelphia is another church that received positive reviews from the Lord. The message for this church is directed to those Christians that are currently tired; they have done all they know to do, but the battle has been so intense that they find themselves wore out. The amazing thing about this group is that they have endured patiently. The word “patiently” in this verse means: “Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.” The glory of this church is that throughout the disorder, they always keep a positive approach in life’s troubles.
This is not a popular church either; very insignificant indeed, however this is the kind of Christian that finds favor with God and men. The Bible tells us in these verses: “…I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.” The favor of God is so strong on behalf of the Philadelphia Christian that no man is able to close the doors opened by the Lord.