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Philadelphia Brotherly Love (Revelation 3.7-8)

"To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: 'These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 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.'" (Revelation 3.7-8)✞

Know Your Deeds

Philadelphia RemainsPhiladelphia or "Philadelphus" was the youngest of all the seven cities in this area that the book of Revelation was addressed to. It was founded by colonists from Pergamum under the reign of Attalus the Second (BC 159-138.) "Philadelphos" is the Greek for "one who loves his brother." Such was the brotherly love of Attalus for his brother Eumenes that he called him "Philadelphos," and it was after him that "Philadelphia" was named.✞

Open Door

Ancient PhiladelphiaThe city of Philadelphia was founded as an open door for the Greek culture and language to Lydia and Phrygia. So well did it do its work that by 19 AD the Lydians had forgotten their own language and were all but Greeks. According to Sir William Mitchell Ramsey (1851-1939) Philadelphia became, "the center for the diffusion of Greek language and Greek letters in a peaceful land and by peaceful means." It was an ideal setting for Christians to spread the Faith.✞

"Philadelphia Brotherly Love"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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