Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. I stand at the door and knock… If anyone hears My voice and opens the door: This statement of Jesus expressed a profound mystery. Buy from Me gold refined in the fire: If they received from Jesus His riches, His gold – beautifully refined in the fire – then they may be rich. But I have white garments, that you may be clothed.”. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck (Victor Books, 1983), 939.. 3 Dan DeHaan, The God You Can Know, 38.. 4 Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Rev. (Revelation 3:7 - 12, HBFV). The church in Smyrna thought they were poor when they were really rich (Revelation 2:9), but the church of the Laodiceans believe they are rich when they are really poor. Revelation 3 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . The Passage: “The Church in Philadelphia” (3:7-13) In this passage we find the sixth letter, or mini-letter, that was dictated by Jesus to John in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Commentary on Revelation 3:14-22 (Read Revelation 3:14-22) Laodicea was the last and worst of the seven churches of Asia. Philadelphian: From the mid 1700’s to the present; the church of 18th and 19th century revivals, worldwide missions movements, and renewed expectation of Jesus’ return. ii. Apparently, there was no suitable expression to introduce an important point for the Philadelphians. Philadelphia, City Of Praise (Revelation 3:7-13 Continued) Philadelphia was the youngest of all the seven cities. It is significant that Jesus chose these particular seven congregations to address, though there were other churches in the region that were not written to (such as the church at Collosse). Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. We would much rather identify ourselves with the church at Philadelphia. Philadelphia, which means “brotherly love,” was situated in Lydia along the Hermus River valley about 38 miles southeast of Sardis. This historical approach to the seven churches of Revelation is useful if these periods are seen as broad, imprecise descriptions of the church through history, allowing for generous periods of overlap. First and foremost, the letters were written to real, existing first-century congregations, and to “all who have an ear to hear.” As Henry Morris says, “Since there is nothing directly said by Christ to require – or even to suggest – such an (prophetic) application, a literalistic approach to the study of Revelation cannot place much emphasis on it.”. Revelation 3 continues the vision of the seven churches, specifically the churches of Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Sardian: Separation and return to the rule of Christ; many great names, but also deadness, and lethargy (Protestant centuries). I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Russell: “Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade the sphere of private life.” (English statesman William Lamb [1779-1848]), iv. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain. a. I counsel you to buy from Me: The change in the Laodiceans had to begin with understanding their spiritual poverty. f. I will come into him: What a glorious promise! The Church at Philadelphia: A Committed Church - Revelation 3:7-13 - 2/14/10 Turn with me this morning to the last book in the Bible, the book of Revelation, chapter 3. by Don Koenig. i. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. and the joy of our compassionate Saviour be completed. If we open the door, He will come in. There are only two of the seven churches which receive no censure or rebuke from Jesus Christ; and of these two - viz., the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia - the former receives but little praise though much sympathy. We must seek these things from Jesus instead of relying on them ourselves. Despite having "little strength" (Revelation 3:8), the church of Philadelphia not only stayed faithful, but apparently the Lord gave them the ability to spread the Word with an "open door" (Revelation 3:8). For an overview of the messages to all seven congregations, see “Seven Churches of Revelation.” Members of the Church of God in Philadelphia undoubtedly faced similar influences and pressures as did other Christians at the time. Sardian: 1520 to the mid 1700’s (“but doubtless embraces the entire history of Protestantism to the end of the gospel dispensation”); the church of the Reformation, and a partial work. Buy from Me: How can we buy these things from Jesus? The key to opening the door is to first hear His voice. View Revelation . These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. White garments, that you may be clothed: If they received from Jesus the pure, righteous covering He gives, then they would be clothed, and no longer would the shame of your nakedness… be revealed. Thyatiran: Purple and glory for the corrupt priesthood; false prophets enthroned in a time when truth was exchanged for darkness (up to the Reformation). Today, as Mounce (p. 122) points out, the city is known as Eski-hisar meaning “the old fortress.” b. This goes against the spirit of our age, which was long ago expressed by a famous Englishman when he read a sermon by G.W.E. Jesus’ great love was expressed in His rebuke. 3:7.. 5 Ryrie, Ryrie Study Bible, 2018.. 6 Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Rev 3:7. Let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches: We must hear what the Holy Spirit says here, because He speaks to the churches – including us. May God deliver us from the self-reliant, compromising lukewarmness that marked the church of the Laodiceans! We need to hear what the Spirit says to the churches (in the plural sense), not just one church. For example, it seems that the last four churches will persist until the coming of Jesus (see Revelation 2:25, 3:3, 3:11, and 3:20). We might say that it all began with their spiritual blindness. Sardis The letter to the church in Philadelphia begins with Christ identifying himself as “holy and true” (3:7). iii. a. You can check these in your browser security settings. Here in chapter 3, they continue and conclude with the messages to the final three churches. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. ©2019 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. I stand at the door: Sadly, Jesus stood on the outside, knocking to get in. And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write — “Philadelphia, so called from Attalus Philadelphus, its builder, is distant from Sardis about twenty-seven miles to the south-east. vii. It is also interesting to note that Paul addressed seven churches: Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Colosse, Phillipi, and Thessalonica (some also note with interest that Jesus gives seven “Kingdom Parables”). 3. Study the bible online using commentary on Revelation 3 and more! “The Laodiceans are typical of the modern world, which revels in that which the natural eye can see but is untouched by the gospel and does not see beyond the veil of the material to the unseen and real eternal spiritual riches.” (Walvoord). He had every right to break down the door, or enter some other way on His own accord, but He didn’t. “Rebuke and chastisement are no signs of rejection from Christ, but of His abiding and pleading love, even to the lukewarm and careless.” (Alford), g. If anyone: Notice that Jesus gave the call to individuals. It was founded by colonists from Pergamum under the reign of Attalus the Second, who ruled in Pergamum from 159 to 138 B.C. “The deipnon was the main meal of the day and was a leisurely affair, not a hurried snack.” (L. Morris) This speaks of fellowship. It only happens as we respond to His knock, but the promise is made to all: If anyone hears my voice. a. Christ expects men should be in earnest. “The word here used for ‘love’ is a very choice one; it is one which signifies an intense personal affection.” (Spurgeon), d. Therefore be zealous and repent: He commanded them to make a decision to repent, and to continue in zeal. Introduction. 1 From Christ to the Philadelphians. Revelation 3:7-8 What is this open door? You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. The fifth of the Seven Churches was Sardis, which was 50 miles inland from the Aegean Sea and due east of Thyatira (modern Izmur). Epistles to the church at Sardis; About this commentary: Following is a chart from page 66 of The Revelation Record: Joseph Seiss, The Apocalypse (written in 1900). “It is, in fact, God’s final punishment to leave a man alone.” (Barclay), i. These churches were located along the old Roman postal route and were situated approximately 50 km from each other. History has, indeed, shown such a general development through the years… He is not capricious in His selection. He won’t ring the bell and run away. This one is addressed to the church in Philadelphia. Speaking to seven churches means speaking to the church in perfection, in completion and totality. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Philadelphia was about 40 miles (50 kilometres) east of Sardis. He was not bound to leave the kingdom even to his eldest son. “We must not talk about setting the church right, we must pray for grace each one for himself, for the text does not say, ‘If the church will open the door,’ but ‘If any man hear my voice and open the door.’ It must be done by individuals: the church will only get right by each man getting right.” (Spurgeon). He didn’t say, “If any church,” but if anyone. I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. Revelation 3. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. ... showing,1. If religion is worth anything, it is worth every thing. As long as we believe we can meet the need for wealth, clothing, or sight ourselves, we can never receive them from Jesus. We don’t earn them through our good works. i. As one commentator puts it, “The churches of all time are comprehended in seven.”. The epistle to the Church of Sardis, Revelation 3:1-6. Revelation 3:7-13 King James Version (KJV) 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;. Pergamite: True faith more and more disappearing; clericalism systematized, union with the world. Philadelphia was the sixth of seven congregations to receive a message from Jesus Christ at the end of the first century. Question: "What was Jesus’ message to the church in Philadelphia in Revelation?" The idea of Jesus at the door applies to the sinner and to the saint just the same. According to Walvoord (p. 89), Laodicea was founded by Antiochus II in the middle of the third century before Christ and was named after his wife Laodice. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. Ephesian: The early church, up until the death of John. If the church at Philadelphia was “The Church of the Open Door,” then Laodicea had “The Church of the Excluded Jesus.”. ii. . The name ‘Philadelphia’ is interesting; it means ‘love for a brother’. Joseph Seiss speaks to this well: “There are Protestant Papists, and Papistical Protestants; sectarian anti-sectarians, and partyists who are not schismatics; holy ones in the midst of abounding defection and apostasy, and unholy ones in the midst of the most earnest and active faith; light in dark places, and darkness in the midst of light.”. The conventional interpretation among those who have come out of the Worldwide Church of God is that Christ has given the Philadelphians an open door to preach the gospel, an idea that is not without merit.In three of Paul's epistles, he uses an open door as a metaphor for an opportunity to preach (I Corinthians 16:9; II Corinthians 2:12; Colossians 4:3). Though Jesus detested their lukewarmness, He would really rather them be hot with zeal rather than cold. ... About this commentary: He promised to come in, and then to dine with the believer. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. He who has an ear, let him hear: Few want to identify themselves with the church of Laodicea. Trapp, on the believer’s repentance: “This is the rainbow, which if God seeth shining in our hearts, he will never drown our souls.”. The epistle to the Church of Laodicea, Revelation 3:14-22. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. When we give attention to what Jesus says, then we can be rescued from our own lukewarmness and enter into a “zealous” relationship with Him. “Don’t look to your own riches and resources, because they are really bankrupt. 1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: Among the many sins… perhaps this will lie the heaviest upon our heart and conscience, ‘I did not live as I ought to have done; I was not as earnest in my Lord’s cause as I should have been.’ Then will our cold sermons, like sheeted ghosts, march before our eyes in dread array. If we are, we can change and become one of Jesus’ overcomers. It is good to remember that if these letters are a prophecy of the course of church history, this is their secondary significance. Thyatiran: 538 to 1520, the corrupt, political church of the Middle Ages. Laodicean: The apostate church of the last days. If you are blind, you can’t look at yourself and see that you are wretched, miserable, poor… and naked. Conversely, Paul had many doors closed and prayed for the ability to spread the Word without hindrance: The one who overcomes (in Philadelphia and in all places where Christians dwell) will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall not go out any more; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which will come down out of heaven from My God . Epistle to the Church at Sardis The Message to Sardis. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. We need to make our life following Jesus, not just a hobby or an occasional activity. “Turn your way,” Jesus said. iii. That is, he must repent of his pride and self-sufficiency, his human wisdom, and his cowardly neutrality.” (H. Morris), v. “Christ stands – waits long, at the door of the sinner’s heart; he knocks – uses judgments, mercies, reproofs, exhortations, to induce sinners to repent and turn to him; he lifts up his voice – calls loudly by his word, ministers, and Spirit.” (Clarke), vi. This is similar to – or perhaps a quotation of – Song of Solomon 5:2: It is the voice of my beloved! Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. “Yet upon a church that has sunk so low as Laodicea, the risen Lord still showers His love.” (Barnhouse), iii. Laodicean: Middle 1800’s to the end of the Christian dispensation, “a sad comment on modern Christendom.”, Chuck Smith, What the World is Coming To (1977). If one accepts these seven letters as descriptive of the flow of church history, it does not require that we see them as exclusive, rigidly sequential ages. Not as those who never have been faulty, but as those who, but for God's mercy, and a Saviour's sufferings and merits, might most justly have been condemned long ago. Smyrna: Sweet and precious martyrdom, but a progression of clergy and laity distinctions and Judaizing tendencies, with an increasing departure from the simplicity of the gospel. This speaks of a depth to the relationship. Previous commentary: Jesus’ heart to this church is, “Even though I rebuke you and chasten you, I am still your friend. Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. All sincere believers were given him of the Father; and of all so given him he has lost none, nor will lose any one. 7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. Ephesian: Warmth and love and labor for Christ; defection beginning with a gradual cooling of love, false professions and clergy/laity distinctions. He desires to come in and to sit long with us, and to wait as long as we wish him to wait.” (Barclay), iii. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Everyone knows that our historic American city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, named for the church to which we come today, means "brotherly love" (although some Philadelphians today call it "the city of the brotherly shove!"). Additionally, some have pointed to the order of the letters as evidence of their significance as a broad explanation of church history in the period between the Ascension and Jesus to His return. He knocked at their door, asking entry to come and dine with them, in the sense of sharing warm, intimate time. Resources » Commentaries » Revelation » Chapter 3 » exegesis. i. To the Church in Philadelphia - “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. Though certain historical periods are marked by the conditions spoken of in these letters, we could never say that “only one letter” applies only to us or our age. Chapter 3: Letters to Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea "1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith He that hath the Seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead." The word for love in as many as I love is not agape, but phileo. ii. They enjoy a place with the enthroned Jesus (as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne). Up to this point, phrases from the vision of chapter 1 were used to identify the speaker. Revelation KEEPING AND KEPT Revelation 3:10. God is able, and as willing as able, to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory. Thyatiran: The unrepentant, unfaithful church destined to go through the Great Tribulation. The Philadelphia period of the church matches that of the great awakening and "Advent" movement in the 18th century and the revelation of Judgment beginning in the 19th century, in 1844. Read Revelation 3 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Background: Sardis was also one of the oldest cities in Asia Minor.Sardis was a city of commerce that was noted for its carpet industry and was a very wealthy city. New International Version (NIV), Revelation 3 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible, Acts: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition. The Holy One is a common Old Testament title for God (Isaiah 40:25; 43:15). Why did He wait until someone opens the door? Revelation 3 is the third chapter of the Book of Revelation or the Apocalypse of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.The book is traditionally attributed to John the Apostle, but the precise identity of the author remains a point of academic debate. Answer: Revelation 3:7-13 records Christ’s message to the sixth of the seven churches addressed in Revelation 2–3. Why did He knock? Revelation 3:7-13. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. “This is the worst of the seven Churches, and yet the most eminent of all the promises are made to it, showing that the worst may repent, finally conquer, and attain even to the highest state of glory.” (Clarke), “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”. It was backed by volcanic cliffs and though the land was rich and fertile from the volcanic residue, Philadelphia was a dangerous place to live due the many earthquakes experienced by the region. Here is what some say about each of these periods as they relate to church history: Henry Morris, The Revelation Record (written in 1983), “Although it is by no means the dominant theme, there is a sense also in which the seven churches seem to depict the respective stages of development and change of Christ’s churches during the ensuing centuries. We may request cookies to be set on your device. c. You are: This wasn’t just the opinion of Jesus. I know your deeds. ii. “David could shut or open the kingdom of Israel to whom he pleased. Instead, Jesus would say, “All this self-sufficiency must be expended in the labour of getting from Me (Jesus) these absolute necessaries.” (Alford), c. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: With such a sharp rebuke, had Jesus lost His love for this errant church? The contrast between the wealth and affluence of their city and their own spiritual bankruptcy. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. i. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. The Philadelphian church is the recipient of this letter. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. Revelation chapter 3 KJV (King James Version) 1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. iv. 2 Wake up! Since Jesus is He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens (Revelation 3:7), He had the authority to keep this door open for the Christians in Philadelphia. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Pergamite: Beginning in 316, “development of church-state system under Constantine.”. Anoint your eyes with eye salve: If they received from Jesus the healing of their spiritual sight, they would then be able to see. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. The biblical city was located about 28 miles southeast of the city of Sardis. Each has prophetic and spiritual applications and each represents a period of time in church history. e. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: Jesus gave this lukewarm church The Great Invitation. “The occupant must open the door. Now, our faults fill us with fears, doubts, and sorrows; but the Redeemer has. The Message to Philadelphia. The Message to Sardis. 3 1 "To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. There is bound to be some significance in the sequence of the seven, as well as the total.”. We now study the second last message addressed to Philadelphia, the faithful church (Revelation 3:7-13). We want to continue on today, looking at the question, “What does God think of His church?” Let us more often look up to Him who is able to keep us from falling, to improve as well as maintain the work he has wrought in us, till we shall be presented blameless before the presence of his glory. You can also change some of your preferences. He knocks, saying, ‘open for me, my sister, my love.’. At Philadelphia; God is able, and as willing as able, to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory. “Supper (deipnon) was the main meal of the day. Here Jesus told the church in Philadelphia that he was the manager, and he used a set of phrases to establish this. The epistle to the Church of Philadelphia, Revelation 3:7-13. i. The merchants of Laodicea were famous for a glossy black wool they used to make beautiful garments. Then will our neglected days start up, each one seeming to wave its hair as though it were one of the seven furies, and to look right into our hearts, and make our very blood curdle in our veins.” (Spurgeon), iii. Remember that on a separate page there are common notes for the seven messages. undertaken for his people, that they shall be presented faultless. The ancient Greek word zealous comes from the same word as hot in Revelation 3:16. Here our Lord Jesus styles himself, "The Amen;" one steady and unchangeable in all his purposes and promises. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . Philadelphian: Closer adherence to Jesus’ Word, more fraternity among Christians (modern evangelical movement of the 19th century). Useful Bible Studies > Revelation Commentary > chapter 3. Philadelphia A small farming town on the edge of a fertile valley. 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