The Faithful Church
INTRODUCTION: John the Apostle was exiled to the Isle of Patmos for preaching the gospel. While there, God spoke to him and gave him the book of Revelation. In Chapters 2 and 3, the letters are addressed to the angels of the seven churches in Asia Minor. The "angels" are the messengers or Rev. 1:16 "stars." Christ is seen holding them in His hand, which means that He controls the leaders and the churches.
Philadelphia was located on a hillside about 30 miles S. E. of Sardis. It was founded by the King of Pergamos. His unusual devotion to his brother earned the city its name, "brotherly love."
Philadelphia is a commendable church, not one rebuke from the Lord; it was a faithful church. It had experienced an evangelical revival; it had a world vision. This church believed right and did right. They had orthodoxy and obedience. It was a belief that affected their behavior.
I. THE SOVEREIGN CHRIST. 7-9
A. HIS RESUME. 7
"He who is holy" - He is absolutely pure
and separate from sin.
"For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens"
"true" - refers to one who speaks truth and who is genuine or authentic as opposed to false.
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
1 John 5:20
"And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life."
True speaks of rightness in His conduct. Conduct is born out of character. He is holy and true.
"He who has the key of David" - in
Isaiah 22:20-22 Eliakim was given "the key of the house of David." This authority to admit or refuse admittance into the king's presence evidenced the ki ...
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