Jesus’ exhortation to the saints (you) in Philadelphia is to those who have been victorious in overcoming their enemies and have maintained their faith in Jesus Christ throughout their lives. These are the saints who know Him as the One who holds the key of David, and the doors He opens for them no one can shut, and those He closes no one can open.
Throughout their lives they faced the persecution of false doctrines that have come out of the synagogue of Satan with its continual message of “You are not worthy,” and “You are a failure,” and “You are a sinner,” and any other message that brings them down and condemns them before God and man. Every one of those messages have had to bow their knee to the love of Christ for them.
And now, at the end of their lives they stand before their King who is about to reward them for their faithfulness. The door of salvation is wide open, and the Lord ushers them into His eternal kingdom to give them their reward for their faithfulness and for having overcome the voice (doctrines) of the enemy.
As one of His saints you too will face the trials, tribulations, and persecutions that come from the Jews (the law of Moses) who are of the synagogue of Satan (or teach the doctrines of devils that make you feel unworthy of God’s love because of your faults and failures). These doctrines are all around us. They are in the Church, regardless of denomination, and their only goal is to make you feel unloved and unworthy before the Lord. But the knowledge of the love of God towards you will cause you to overcome every one of them.
At the end of your life, when you face your departure from this world, He will open the door to His eternal kingdom for you and bring you in safe and sound. In His eternal presence He will reward you too for your faithfulness to His message of love and grace and for keeping your faith in Him despite all the difficulties, pain, and tribulation you have endured.
Holding onto your faith in Christ Jesus to the end of your days is such a great honour to the Lord.
Look at what Jesus said.
“If you openly and publicly acknowledge me, I will freely and openly acknowledge you before my Father. But if you publicly deny that you know me, I will also deny you before my heavenly Father.” (Mat 10:32-33)
How is that for open and closed doors! And notice how Jesus takes delight in being able to acknowledge (or boast) about you before His Father. Let me tell you, Jesus is far more excited about your homecoming and the giving of His gifts to you than you are. Can you imagine standing in the presence of God the Father, the angels, the rest of the saints and all of heaven, and having Jesus boast about you and bestowing His reward upon you. Take some time and think about that!
Never underestimate the wonder, the glory, and the joy that your faith in Jesus Christ brings to the Father and all those who are in heaven. Here on earth you will suffer persecution, rejection, shame and all sorts of tribulations, but in heaven, where the Son of God is eagerly expecting your arrival there is great rejoicing.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (Psalm 116:15)
Next: What is this great reward that awaits you when you get to heaven?
Remember, you are the Lord’s inheritance, and he has not inherited something unworthy. You are a treasure and have value in His sight that is far greater than anything in this world or in the ages to come. You top them all!
Bless the Lord forever!
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