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Philadelphians Endure Patiently
(Revelation 3.9-11)
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"I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars - I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown." (Revelation 3.9-11)✞

Christ's Patient Endurance

Philadelphia Ruins and MinaretTo this point, the Philadelphians had endured patiently. The sentence, "You have kept my command" described one definite act in the past. The implication was that there had been some time of trial out of which the Philadelphian Church had emerged triumphantly. They may have had only a little strength and their resources may well have been small, but if they endured patiently they would see the dawn of the triumph of Christ.✞

Kept Jesus' Command

Philadelphia Aquaduct"My command to endure patiently" may not refer to a command of Jesus to the Philadelphian Church about patience but to the example of Christ's patient endurance. God doesn't expect us all to be and act the same, but he does expect us to "hold on" to what we have, to persevere in using our resources for him. Jesus commended the Philadelphians for their effort to obey and for holding tightly to whatever strength they may have had left.✞

"Philadelphians Endure Patiently"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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