Philadelphia: I Am the Key

Revelation 3:7-13 says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

How Would Christ Address Himself to You?

While we have been traveling through these many different churches, it various situations, Christ has manifested Himself and revealed Himself in many ways:

1. To Ephesus: Christ revealed Himself as the one who is in control.
2. To Smyrna: Christ revealed Himself as the resurrected Christ.
3. To Pergamum: Christ revealed Himself as the penetrating Word of God.
4. To Thyatira: Christ revealed Himself as the God of judgement.
5. To Sardis: Christ revealed Himself as the fullness of God.
6. To Philadelphia: Christ revealed Himself as the one who has the key.
7. To Laodicea: Christ revealed Himself as the one who is faithful, true, and the beginning of all things.

So, how would Christ reveal Himself to you? Each address of Christ deals with the circumstances that surrounded the church of that time. The church at Ephesus needed to know that Christ could see right through all the good works because He walked in the midst of them. The church in Smyrna needed comfort because many of them would lose their lives for their faith. The church in Pergamum was believing false doctrine, so Christ told them He is the penetrating Word of God. The church in Thyatira needed to know that God would bring judgment on sin because they were believing a doctrine that allowed the people to live any way they wanted to. The church in Sardis needed to know that Christ is the fullness of God because they were a dead church. The church in Laodicea needed to know that Christ was the beginning because they had left their source and were far from Him. But to Philadelphia, He said, “I am the one who has the key! I open doors that man cannot open and shut the doors that man cannot shut.” I would hope that my life would be a living example of this church and that Christ would appear to me and say, “I have the key!” How would He address us?

Have you Kept the Word of His Patience?

Are you holding on to the Promise of God? There are many and various promises that God provides for us in His Word. Promise that He will give us Victory over Sin if we will just trust in His Finished Work. Promise that He would make us the head and not the tail. Promise that He would bless us in our coming in and in our going out. Promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Promise that He would always make a way for those who love Him and are called according to His Purpose. Promise that every situation in our lives did not come to destroy us but only to draw us closer to Him. Promises that are unique to the Calling that God has on our lives. Are you holding on to the Word of God? This Church held on to the Word of God with expectancy and with excitement, knowing that any moment that promise could come through for them! I believe it is because that they held on to this Promise that Christ appeared to them and said, “I have the Key”.

What did this Key make available to this Church?

This key unlocked the great blessings that were afforded to us in the new covenant. This key made available the fullness of the riches of our inheritance. This key was, and is today the Cross of Calvary. Not only does Christ have the key, but He is the key! If you will just hold on and continue to look to Him for whatever it is that you are waiting on will soon be made available to you. He is the key!

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Paris, accompanied by his wife Marybeth, coordinates and oversees <a href="">Crossfire Unite</a> fellowship groups. He is a regular teacher on SBN’s “<a href="">Generation of the Cross</a>” with Gabriel Swaggart. Paris is a workshop instructor and assists with Church Needs for the <a href="">International Youth Conference</a>, and he has been an evening professor at <a href="" target="_blank">Jimmy Swaggart Bible College</a> since the spring of 2017. He oversees all Crossfire Unite Student Outreaches. Paris also contributes writings to the <a href="">Crossfire Blog</a>.

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