Revelation 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and [which are] the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
These are folks who call themselves God’s people and are spiritually dead in terms of any zeal for godliness. They are physically alive and claiming to be God’s people but they are spiritually dead; following their own ways, false traditions of men and idols of men, instead of being alive and full of the fire of zeal to live by every Word of God. The Sardis warning applies to the vast majority of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia.
3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
We have some things right but instead of truly GROWING in knowledge, understanding and the works of faith; we are stagnant and even letting those right things that we knew in the past slip away.
Today the Ekklesia is doing exactly that: As was prophesied, they are turning from any zeal to learn and keep the whole Word and Will of God in a great falling away from the Word of Life.
Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Jesus then warned that if these folks are not watching for him, his coming will catch them by surprise. This means that this attitude will exist at his coming. It also means that even in the midst of the great tribulation some will be in denial, too spiritually dead to realize what is taking place.
Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Yet, there are a few who will sincerely repent and turn to a zeal for godliness; then the sacrifice of Christ will be applied to them, purifying them and making their garments pure [imputing godly righteousness], clean and white.
3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
With God all things are possible and even some of those who are spiritually dead [which is the vast majority of today’s Ekklesia] will be saved and turned to God, receiving the gift of the oil of the Holy Spirit; so that their light which has gone out, might be reignited that they may shine brightly with godliness.
3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
3:6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Jesus begins his message to Philadelphia by remarking that He is the Door and the Way and the Key into the kingdom of God and eternal life.
It is Jesus Christ who judges us and who can let us in or shut us out of the resurrection to eternal life. No man can take away our promise of eternal life by casting us out of some corporation; nor does belonging to some corporate church a pass to enter eternal life!
Only fidelity to our espoused Husband and God the Father alone will bring eternal life!
When men say that questioning them is questioning God and that leaving them is leaving God: They LIE! It is not blindly following idols of men that brings eternal life; only being a part of the true Spiritual Ekklesia who live by every Word of God brings acceptance by God and eternal life!
3:7 And to the angel [one of the seven spirits] 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;
Those with a Philadelphian attitude of absolute faith in God and a full wholehearted zeal for learning and living by every Word of God, have an open door to God the Father and into eternal life!
Jesus Christ is the door of salvation to those who are faithful and He will open the way to eternal life if we are diligent to internalize the very nature of God the Father like he did!
Those who are diligent to keep the Word of God and who do not deny the name [authority] of God and his Word over his people; will be changed to spirit on that day!
I capitalize the word “Word” for a reason; Jesus Christ is the Logos, the Word; summing up the whole of Holy Scriptures with God the Father! To break any art of the Word of God, is to break the teachings of Jesus Christ, the WORD who inspired all of scripture!
ONLY those who keep the whole Word of God and exalt the name [authority] of God above all others will have access to God the Father through the door of Jesus Christ to eternal life!
A Philadelphian is weak having only a little strength, he knows that and therefore relies on the strength of the Eternal Almighty God! He knows that in the flesh he is weak and seeks spiritual strength from God to overcome; he runs to and takes refuge in the Mighty God!
3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Those who are full of zeal to live by every Word of God will be made eternal priests and kings [teachers and leaders] and those of the nations who hated the zealous for God will sincerely repent and they will worship God at the feet of [under the tutelage of] the Philadelphian attitude folks who are full of faithful zeal for godliness.
3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
If the zealous for God patiently endure and wait; they will be the wise (Dan 12), the “children of light” (1 Thess 5): They will not be taken by surprise when the tribulation and later Jesus Christ comes; they will understand the biblical signs and they will obey the words of God’s prophets and so will be kept from the hour of trial.
Those who are full of zeal for godliness and study carefully, Watching for the coming of their LORD, will be preserved from the terrible correction of a righteous God on the earth.
Yes, there is a place of refuge, as David said; that refuge is in the arms of our Mighty Deliverer! Follow and zealously keep the whole Word and Will of God; and when God says to do this or to do that, or he says to go here or to go there: Follow him and DO IT!
3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience [patiently lived by every Word of God], I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation [a 42 month period], which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
A pillar is a supporting column that stands on a firm foundation, the pillars of God stand on the firm foundation of every Word of God and are full of a zeal to learn and live by every Word of God!
Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets [the scriptures], Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple [growing into a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit] in the Lord: 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
A pillar helps to hold up the rest of the structure; the pillars of God will stand on the foundation of the whole Word of God and will help to hold up the rest of the Spiritual Ekklesia of the faithful.
If the zealous to keep the whole Word of God and endure all trials remain faithful; they will become permanent pillars in the eternal government of God; and they will have the name [authority] of God and of the capital of His eternal government, the New Jerusalem forever. They shall occupy positions of responsibility in God’s government and will act on behalf of God and God’s government, not just in the millennium, but forever!
Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
The Philadelphian pillar is a person who is weak and knows it; therefore he relies upon God and seeks the strength of God rather than trying to stand on his own strength.
He is zealous to root out all error and internalize the truth of God. He is faithful to follow God in all things and will not turn aside to follow any man or spirit away from his zeal to follow the whole Word of God.
Yes, he makes mistakes and occasionally slips; and when he does instead of giving up, he admits his errors, sincerely repents and cries out to his heavenly Father for deliverance!
There are those who say that “I am a Philadelphian because God does not criticize that church.” That is a proud, arrogant and totally ignorant attitude: ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God!
Jesus Christ does not criticize Philadelphia because he does not have to! The Philadelphian pillar is well aware of his short comings, and he knows that he has no strength in himself; therefore he runs to the Eternal and takes refuge in the Eternal, the Mighty High Tower of Strength; to seek and find deliverance.
The true Philadelphian attitude is one of humility before God, relying totally on God; KNOWING that we are so weak and so sinful and knowing that God is so great, strong and powerful; that they RUN TO HIM and seek HIS STRENGTH to deliver!
The difference between the Philadelphian and the others is: HUMILITY and true LOVE for the Eternal and all his ways. They know that they are weak and fall short, and therefore they are filled with complete loving submission to the whole Word of God!
The true Philadelphian attitude person is usually someone who has been most wicked and is therefore often despised by others; however they, like David, have deeply repented and they KNOW how much God has forgiven him and are therefore full of the deepest passionate love for their Deliverer. They are so full of love for God that they would do anything to please God.
Luke 7:37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
There were pillars throughout the physical temple; representing that the human spiritual pillars are also scattered throughout the Ekklesia. There is no such thing as a true Philadelphian corporate church of God today. The true Philadelphian pillars are scattered throughout the Ekklesia and are very often serving God independently.