Philadelphia: The Church of The Open Door – Revelation 3:7-13
I. THE CORRESPONDENT
a. He is the holy one
Isaiah 40:25 (NASB) “To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.
Isaiah 43:15 (NASB) “I am the Lord, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King.”
Habakkuk 3:3 (NASB) God comes from Teman, And the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His splendor covers the heavens, And the earth is full of His praise.
Isaiah 6:2-3 (NASB) 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”
Revelation 4:8 (NASB) And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”
Mark 1:21 (NASB) They went* into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach.
Mark 1:23-24 (NASB) 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”
John 6:69 (NASB) “We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”
Acts 3:14 (NASB) “But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
1 Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
b. He is the true one
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
John 1:14 NASB And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:17 NASB For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
John 18:38 NASB Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and *said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.
c. He has full authority
Isaiah 22:20-23 (NASB) 20 “Then it will come about in that day, That I will summon My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, 21 And I will clothe him with your tunic And tie your sash securely about him. I will entrust him with your authority, And he will become a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 “Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder, When he opens no one will shut, When he shuts no one will open. 23 “I will drive him like a peg in a firm place, And he will become a throne of glory to his father’s house.
Isaiah 22:22 (NASB) “Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder, When he opens no one will shut, When he shuts no one will open.
II. THE CITY
Romans 12:10 (NASB) Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;
1 Thessalonians 4:9 (NASB) Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
Hebrews 13:1 (NASB) Let love of the brethren continue.
III. THE CHURCH
IV. THE COMMENDATION
a. They had great opportunity
1 Corinthians 16:9 for a wide door for effective service has opened to me
2 Corinthians 2:12 Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord
Colossians 4:3 (NASB) praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;
1. They have His power
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
2. They have obedience
3. They were loyal
Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by all because of My name
b. They will overcome opposition
1 Corinthians 16:9 (NASB) for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. (29) But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.
c. They had a great promise
1 Thessalonians 1:10 Jesus, rescues us from the wrath to come.
V. THE COMMAND
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, (13) each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. (14) If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. (15) If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Colossians 2:18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels
VI. THE COUNSEL
a. They will have permanence
b. They will have stability
c. They will have notability
1. God’s name will be written on them
2. Their home city will be written on them
Revelation 21:2 (NASB) And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3. They will have Christ’s name written on them
Revelation 19:12 (NASB) His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.