Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Philadelphia: The Secure Church on Shaky Ground
This was an amazingly encouraging letter. Wasn’t it? Isn’t it wonderful to know that Jesus opens doors that no one can shut and closes doors that no one can open? What does this mean to you? Apparently, this meant a great deal to the church of Philadelphia. It is believed that these Jews were shut out of the synagogue and excommunicated. Being shut out hurts. Exclusion makes us feel as if we’re not valuable. It makes us feel disposable. Jesus’ words bring assurance that we are valuable to Him.
I was greatly encouraged by the reading of 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10. Believers were created to be part of God’s family, not the objects of His wrath. This is wonderful news. Isn’t it?
I am thrilled that the overcomer will be made into a pillar in the temple in eternity. He will never leave the temple. Jesus will write God’s name and the name of the New Jerusalem and His own new name on them. Wow! What intimacy…and it gets better. When you read Revelation 21:22, you discover that God and Christ ARE THE TEMPLE! Ooh, I’ve got chills thinking about this.
This week’s video teaching was anti-climactic for me. I don’t know why I expected serious teaching on the end times with only 2:38 minutes of video. But I’m sure there are those who needed to hear that God is capable of creating a new home for His people.
The church of Philadelphia stood on shaky ground. Regardless of what is shaky in our own lives, our security and stability is in Christ. Hallelujah!
Memorize: 1 John 5:13
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