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Philadelphia's Open Door (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)✞

Holy Holy Holy

Seraph - holy, holy, holyThe Risen Christ speaks of the "open door" that is set before "Philadelphia." Three centuries before, "Philadelphia" had been given an "open door" to spread Greek ideas in the lands beyond, and now there has appeared another great missionary opportunity, to carry to people, who never knew it, the message of the love of Jesus Christ.✞

Great Missionary Opportunity

Greek PhilosopherIn the introduction to this letter, Christ is called by three great titles, each of which implies a tremendous claim. He is "him who is holy and true." Holy is the description of God himself in Isaiah 6.3b for "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." This is the song of the seraphs which Isaiah heard. In Isaiah 40.25 the prophet asks, "To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One." And later adds, "The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth." Jesus may indeed be called the holy one.✞

"Philadelphia's Open Door"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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