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The Lord Jesus. Who He is like and what He does?

(according to Revelation 3, 7-9)
The City of Philadelphia.
The church in Philadelphia had done more for God than any other of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. The church was faithful to her mission. She was living close to the Lord and He did not condemn her, not even mentioning her sin. Her challenge referred the future. Would she go through that door that the Lord Jesus was holding open for her?

The Lord Jesus - the Writer.
In Rev. 3, 7-13 the Lord Jesus introduced Himself in language relevant to those who would receive the letter.

1. He is holy (Rev. 3, 7).
The Lord Jesus was morally perfect and without fault or blemish. His character was perfect. Holiness is an important attribute of God. ‘The Holy One’ is a well-known Jewish title for God. In Isaiah 43, 15 God declares, ‘I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.’ We must see the holiness of the Lord Jesus as God. He is holy - therefore he hates sin. Unbelievers need to allow Him to solve their problem of sin.  He is holy – therefore believers should be holy, too.
2. He is true (Rev. 3, 7).
The Lord Jesus is the one behind everything, the One who is wholly trustworthy and reliable.
He says that He is ‘the true One’; in the original language (anathenos), the word means something real, genuine, and authentic. In the Lord Jesus, we find reality. When we consider Him, we are confronted with Absolute Truth. Jesus is real. Being true means that every word that He spoke is the true Word of God and that every promise He made will be kept. Therefore, we can trust Him for salvation if we rely on Him. As believers, we need to understand that what the Lord Jesus tells us is the truth. If He challenges us with an ‘open door of opportunity,’ it means we can go through it and do what He wants us to do.

3. He holds the key of David (Rev. 3, 7).
Keys represent authority. The Lord Jesus holds ‘the key of David.’ The only other place where the key of David is referred to is in the book of Isaiah (Isa 22, 20-23). Eliakim was given the key to the house of David during the reign of King Hezekiah. This key unlocked the house of David, which contained all the treasures of the kings of Judah. Eliakim controlled entry and controlled who could come in, and who could go out; who had access to the king
David. He was second only to the king. He was the one who opened and shut the doors.

4. He loved them (Rev. 3, 9).
The Lord Jesus understood the Philadelphians’ difficult position. The Lord Jesus wanted the very best for them (John 16, 27). Those who lived in Philadelphia (Brotherly Love) were subjects of God’s Love. Real brotherly love is impossible without first receiving God’s love. Unbelievers need to know that the Lord Jesus died for the sake of love. He has a desire to save sinners out of love (John 3, 16; Rom. 5, 8).

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.'

This ministry is to bring honour to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

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