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July 2, 2021 6:20 am
Hello, I'm Dr. Cheryl Davis with truth matters and we are continuing our survey of the letters to the seven churches where today will get into Philadelphia, where in the next to the last church of the seven churches. Last week we discussed the church of Sardis. Much like the city of Sardis.
They were unaware of their spiritual condition living under a false sense of security. I ask you a key question last time about your own spiritual condition. If our churches lampstand depended on you and you alone on how bright would you like for the church. How did that work out for you last week or last time I'm looking at really where you are doing a self-examination which I think all of us need to do that from time to time, but we are moving on from Sardis, to Philadelphia.
Today we get a glimpse of the model church. The church that God is pleased with let's get into the chapter of chapter 3 verses 7 to 13 into the angel of the church in Philadelphia write these things says he who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David. He who opens and no one shuts and shuts and no one opens I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it for you. Have a little strength, have kept my word and have denied my name and have not denied my name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan. You say they are Jews and are not, but lie. Indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you, because you have kept my command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold I am coming quickly. Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God and I will write on him my new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches immediately off the bat.
This letter is very different from the letter to the church at Sardis. The destination of this letter. As we done every time you see the angel of the church in Philadelphia just to briefly give you some history about the city of Philadelphia. The word Philadelphia is identical to the city that we know with the same name. It means brotherly love the noun or adjective form of this word is mentioned really seven times in the New Testament is normally translated as kindly affectionate or brotherly love, we find these words in Romans chapter 12 verse 10 V kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love and honor giving preference to one another in first Thessalonians 49 but concerning brotherly love have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. Hebrews 13 one. Let brotherly love continue.
First Peter 122 since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth of the spirit and sincere love of the brethren love one another fervently with a pure heart. First Peter three and eight. Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another, love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. Second Peter 17, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love, so if you're doing a self-examination of even your own church. Look at these characteristics.
I had a conversation with a friend.
He was actually setting up a church to say you had. This is the model in which we should model ourselves by in organizing a church and being that remnant that the Lord is coming after that it will look like.
The church at Philadelphia.
I pray that your church as well as the would strive to be this example and you'll see as you bring yourself to life, and if you depend on the Lord. These doors will open so that you can expand your sphere of influence and can evangelize your so much more. The next time I'm Dr. Cheryl Davis