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Marty, where are you when I need you. Just found out that the 4th is coming out soon. A little strength faithfully used means more than much strength flashily and fitfully used. The Apostle Paul was a great example of this dynamic of weakness and strength. The idea behind have not denied My name is not only that they expressed their allegiance to Jesus, but that they lived in a way that was faithful to the name and character of Jesus. Some churches that claim great faithfulness to the word of Jesus deny His name — His character.
They represent the manner and style of Jesus as something very different from what the Bible shows. In some ways, these features seem unspectacular.
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They should be commonplace among churches. Yet Jesus was completely pleased with this church. He had nothing negative to say to the church at Philadelphia. Success in Christian work is not to be measured by any other standard of achievement. It is not rise in ecclesiastical position. It is not the crowds that flock to listen to any human voice. All of these things are frequently used as yardsticks of success, but they are earthly and not heavenly measures. 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.
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. I will make those of the synagogue of Satan : Apparently, the Christians in Philadelphia were persecuted by Jewish people the synagogue. However, these persecuting Jews were Jews in name only who say they are Jews and are not, but lie. In fact, they had no spiritual connection to Abraham or to the people of faith. In this, Jesus did not speak against all Jewish people. It would be entirely wrong to speak of the Jewish people as a whole as the synagogue of Satan or those who say they are Jews and are not.
Jesus spoke of this specific group of Jewish people in Philadelphia who persecuted the Christians during that period. I will make them come and worship before your feet : In this, Jesus promised that He would vindicate His people and make sure that their persecutors recognized they were wrong, and that Jesus and His followers were right. God promised that the church in Philadelphia would be vindicated before their persecutors.
God promised Israel that Gentiles would honor them and acknowledge their God Isaiah And to know that I have loved you : As those who were once their enemies worshipped along side them, they were destroyed as enemies. They now knew that Jesus had loved these people they once persecuted. The best way to destroy the enemies of the Gospel is to pray that God would change them into friends. Persecuted people often long for justice against their persecutors Revelation As I see all those kings, those great kings… groaning in the depths of darkness!
And the magistrates who persecuted in the name of Jesus, liquefying in fiercer flames than they kindled in their rage against the Christians! I will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world : Jesus also promised them protection from the hour of trial coming on the whole world.
Jesus promised to keep these Christians from that hour of trial. To test those who dwell on the earth : The test is directed against those who dwell on the earth. This phrase is used nine times in the Book of Revelation, and it speaks of those who are not saved in Jesus. Revelation makes the term synonymous with the lost: And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world.
This test is for unbelievers , not Christians. Christians are different. Though we walk on this earth, our dwelling place is in heaven. We have been seated in heavenly places in Jesus Ephesians We do not dwell on the earth , our life is hidden in Jesus Colossians Keep you from the hour of trial : Does this imply an escape before the Great Tribulation, or does it promise protection in it?
Each side believes this passage easily supports their position. Those who believe that Jesus will come for His church before this time of Great Tribulation note that protection is promised from the very hour of trial , not just the trial itself. They also point to the worldwide, inescapable cataclysm predicted in the Great Tribulation Matthew and Revelation chapters 6, , However, persevere is in the past tense, showing it is something that the Christians had already done before the hour of trial , which has not yet come upon the world.
The promise is a reward for past perseverance, not the equipping to persevere in the future. In addition, the ones tested by this hour of trial are not primarily believers, but those who dwell on the earth — whose home is this earth, who are not citizens of heaven Philippians Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. Behold, I am coming quickly : First, the church at Philadelphia must remember that Jesus is coming quickly , and they must prepare for His coming. Hold fast what you have : The church at Philadelphia must not depart from its solid foundation, as described in Revelation These things can and must continue among the church in Philadelphia, but it will only happen as they hold fast what they have.
That no one may take your crown : If they failed to hold fast , their crown might be given to another. The idea is not that it might be stolen by another, but given. This was not a crown of royalty, given because of royal birth. This was a crown of victory. You are in no greater danger from anyone or anything than from yourself. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.
And I will write on him My new name. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar : Overcomers were told that they would be as a pillar in the temple of My God. Pillars were pictures of strength, stability, and dignified beauty. The ancient city of Philadelphia suffered from frequent earthquakes. When a building collapsed in an earthquake often all that remained standing were the huge pillars.
Jesus offers us this same strength, to remain standing in Him when everything around us crumbles. The pillar holds up the building. The only thing supporting the pillar is the foundation. True pillars in the church support the church, and they look to Jesus as their support foundation. He shall go out no more : The overcomer would have a place of permanence and stability with God, in contrast to an uncertain place in this world.
Whenever the earthquake tremors came, and they came often, the people of Philadelphia fled from the city out into the open country, to escape the falling masonry and the flying stones which accompanied a severe earthquake shock. Then, when the earth was quiet again, they returned.
In their fear the people of Philadelphia were always going out and coming in; they were always fleeing from the city and then returning to it. I will write on him the name of My God… I will write on him My new name : The overcomer also received many names — of God, the New Jerusalem, and the new name of Jesus.
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These names are marks of identification because they show who we belong to. They are marks of intimacy, because they show we are privileged to know Him in ways others are not. This works together well with the image of a pillar. In the ancient world, having a special inscribed pillar added to one of the temples sometimes honored a faithful city servant or distinguished priest.
He who has an ear, let him hear : We all want to hear the praise and encouragement Jesus gave to the church at Philadelphia. We must also depend on their source of strength which was Jesus, not themselves. The church of the Laodiceans : Laodicea was an important, wealthy city, with a significant Jewish population.
Like other cities in the region, it was a center for Caesar worship and the worship of the healing god Asklepios. There was a famous temple of Asklepios in Laodicea, with a more famous medical school connected with the temple. After an earthquake devastated the region in a. The church of the Laodiceans : Laodicea was also a noted commercial center, and some of its goods were exported all over the world. The church of the Laodiceans : One of their problems was a poor water supply that made Laodicea vulnerable to attack through siege. If an enemy army surrounded the city, they had insufficient water supplies in the city, and the supplies coming into the city could be easily cut off.
Therefore, the leaders of Laodicea were always accommodating to any potential enemy, and always wanted to negotiate and compromise instead of fight. Their main water supply came on a six-mile aqueduct from the hot springs of Hierapolis. Because the water came from hot springs, it arrived unappetizingly lukewarm. The church of the Laodiceans : The church at Laodicea is mentioned by Paul — in a somewhat unfavorable light — in Colossians and The Faithful and True Witness : This is Jesus, and this was a contrast to the Laodiceans, who will be shown to be neither faithful nor true.
This verse does not teach that Jesus was the first being created, but that He is the ruler, source, and origin of all creation. It has the idea of first in prominence more than first in sequence. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. You are neither cold nor hot : This picture of lukewarmness would immediately connect with the Christians of Laodicea because the water they drank every day was lukewarm.
It tries to play the middle, too hot to be cold and too cold to be hot. Did Jesus mean to say that these Christians were intrinsically cold, but warmed up by their religious trappings? Or, that they were essentially hot, but cooled down by their apathy and self-reliance?
Both are possible, but since He spoke to His church, there is an emphasis on the later. Has there been a greater curse upon the earth than empty religion? Is there any soul harder to reach than the one who has just enough of Jesus to think they have enough? The church of Laodicea exemplifies empty religion, and tax collectors and harlots were more open to Jesus than the scribes and Pharisees.
Satan will have us any way he can get us, but he prizes a lukewarm religionist far above a cold-hearted sinner. I could wish that you were cold or hot : What Jesus wanted to change in them and us as much as anything is the deceptive playing of the middle, trying to please both the world and Jesus. I could wish that you were cold or hot also points to another aspect of lukewarmness, as a picture of uselessness. But because you are neither, I will do nothing. The thief on the cross was cold towards Jesus and clearly saw his need.
John was hot towards Jesus and enjoyed a relationship of love; but Judas was lukewarm, following Jesus enough to be considered a disciple, yet not giving his heart over to Jesus in fullness. Deep down, there is no one more miserable than the lukewarm Christian is.
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They have too much of the world to be happy in Jesus, but too much of Jesus to be happy in the world. But how could Jesus say, I could wish that you were cold? We know His deepest desire is that they be hot , with an on-fire love for Him see Revelation , where the word zealous is associated with this same word hot. Yet if they would not be hot , Jesus preferred cold rather than lukewarm.
Lukewarm : Such prayers mock God. There stands the heavenly mercy-seat; the road to it is sprinkled with the precious blood of Jesus, yet we come to it with hearts that are cold, or we approach it leaving our hearts behind us. We kneel in the attitude of prayer, yet we do not pray.
We prattle out certain words, we express thoughts, which are not our real desires, we feign wants that we do not feel. Do we not thus degrade the mercy-seat? We make it, as it were, a common lounging-place, rather than an awful wrestling-place, once besprinkled with blood, and often to be besprinkled with the sweat of our fervent supplication.
Lukewarm : Such lives turn people away from Jesus.
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He professes to believe that there is a hell, yet he has tearless eyes, and never seeks to snatch souls from going down into the pit. They see before them one who has to deal with eternal realities, yet he is but half awake; one who professes to have passed through a transformation so mysterious and wonderful that there must be, if it is true, a vast change in the outward life as the result of it; yet they see him as much like themselves as can be. He may be morally consistent in his general behavior, but they see no energy in his religious character. This is a solemn matter, beloved.
I pray you either to give up your profession, or to be true to it. If the flesh be worth pleasing, then serve the flesh; but if God be Lord paramount, then cleave to him. For the other churches, it was the church of Ephesus Revelation or the church in Smyrna Revelation or the church in Sardis Revelation But here, it is the church of the Laodiceans.
We might even say that lukewarmness is the natural tendency of our fallen natures. Cold makes us shiver, and great heat causes us pain, but a tepid bath is comfort itself. Such a temperature suits human nature. The world is always at peace with a lukewarm church, and such a church is always pleased with itself. Because you are lukewarm : In his sermon An Earnest Warning against Lukewarmness , Spurgeon described the lukewarm church:.
I will vomit you out of My mouth : How are churches in the mouth of Jesus? What a terrible thing — in either of these ways — to be expelled from the mouth of Jesus! The Laodiceans put their trust in material prosperity, in outward luxury, and in physical health. The city of Laodicea was famous for its wealth, but the Christians of the city were spiritually wretched, miserable, and poor.
Laodicea was famous for its healing eye salve, but the Christians of the city were spiritually blind. Laodicea was famous for its fine clothing, but the Christians of the city were spiritually naked. See Guernica on Wikipedia. Known as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history, Picasso had painted it in reaction to the Nazis' bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Painted in black, grey and white, it is full of symbols which convey the intense suffering of war. The images are timeless and universal. Both animals and people are affected — bulls and horses, a mother with a dead child, a dead soldier, an imploring man.
The details are exaggerated and full of discord. They work together to create an impact that an undistorted snapshot never could. In all times and places, war has inflicted trauma on so many, even for generations after the war is technically over. And of course, there are many kinds of wars, not just those between countries.
John too needed to express the horror of the times at hand, but he had an even greater task as he sat down to record the visions of Revelation, describing not just one event but the total enormity of world evil. There is another significant difference between Picasso and John. Found washed ashore after his family was fleeing war in Syria, his heart-breaking death became a world wide wake-up call to the refugee crisis.
Both situations had alarming pictures which disturbed our comfort, but a context of intense suffering was behind it. Maybe now something will change. Just who were these people and what were they going through? In the most extreme cases, allegiance with God in Christ meant torture and death. Even the writer John was an imprisoned on the island of Patmos as the authorities figured out that his message was subversive.
John was highly critical of the status quo and a sharp advocate for change. Many people didn't know what to make of the Christians. They worshipped only one God, and put their faith in a crucified, risen God. Persecution was not a systematic campaign, imposed from the top down. It was local and sporadic. It started when local people grew uneasy about the presence of Christians.