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Christ Coming Soon
(Revelation 3.11)
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"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 3.11)✞

Ancient Philadelphia

Ruins of Ancient PhiladelphiaWith Christ coming soon, the ancient Philadelphians would be rewarded for their faithfulness. Christ's coming to Ephesus, Pergamum and Sardis judged their evil ways. "I am coming soon," Jesus said. Until then, the Christian Church in Philadelphia was warned to hold on and be patient in adversity. The risen Christ told them that he was coming quickly. This was a warning to the heedless and a comfort to the oppressed. James 5.8 commented, "You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near." Jesus urged patient endurance of his people because he was about to come shortly, and then their distress would be at an end.✞

Take Your Crown

CrownThe risen Christ furthermore asked the Philadelphians to hold to what they had, that no one may "take your crown." It was not a question of someone stealing your crown but of God taking it from you and giving it to someone else, because you were not worthy to wear it.✞

"Christ Coming Soon"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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