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I am coming quickly! The Lord Jesus.

Revelation 3, 11-12

1. ‘I am coming quickly!’

1.1.The ‘coming’ of the Lord Jesus to Ephesus, Pergamum, and Sardis was a coming in judgment, but His coming to Philadelphia was to bring an end to their time of suffering.

1.2 ‘I am coming quickly’ is a warning to the oppressors, and an encouragement to the oppressed.

1.1 The Christian must always be ready for Jesus’ coming (Rev. 3, 3). The return of the Lord Jesus with expected suddenness is an incentive to persevere in faithful service.
 
2. The Temple

The time of the deliverance mentioned in Rev. 3, 10 is here identified with the return of the Lord Jesus for His Church. The temple may relate either to the Millennial Kingdom or to the New Jerusalem. The genuine believer will be given a place of service and honour before God.

3. The Names

The threefold reference to the name gives a guarantee of eternal security in the Lord Jesus.

  • The name of my God shows ownership.
  • The name of the city shows heavenly citizenship.
  • And my new name indicates co-heirship with the Lord  Jesus.
4. Crown

4.1 Crown for over-comers
The ‘crown’ offered was the laurel wreath awarded to winners of athletic contests. This promise was appropriate to a city known for its sporting events and is a popular New Testament symbol for rewarding faithful service. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy shortly before his death: 2 Tim. 4, 7-8.

4.2 Losing a crown
Through misconduct one can lose a crown that had been previously attained (2 John 8). The crown signifies the royal authority given to the victorious co-heirs of the Lord Jesus. The judgment seat of Christ will be an occasion of either reward or regret (2 Cor. 5, 10).

5. Pillars

Over-comers are told that they will be made ‘pillars’ in the Temple of God. Pillars are the most stable and permanent part of a building. To be a pillar in the temple implies a prominent place of service in Christ’s Kingdom (see: Is. 22, 23; Luke 19, 16–19).

James N. Spurgeon wrote:

'A job is at your choice; a ministry is at Christ's call. In a job you expect to receive; in a ministry you expect to give. In a job you give something to get something; in a ministry you return something that has already been given to you. A job depends on your abilities; a ministry depends on your availability to God. A job done well brings you praise; a ministry done well brings honour to Christ.'

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