Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | July 25, 2021 | Message to the Churches | Behold I have set before thee an open door

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 - Revelation 3:8-9

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. 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. – Revelation 3:8-9

Dearly beloved brethren, as we continue the in-depth study of this church, you discover things that Christ commended and encouraged them for.

All of these, you too must aspire to possess as a Bible believing believer.

See both the commendation and encouragement amplified.

“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me. Look, I will force those who belong to Satan’s synagogue—those liars who say they are Jews but are not—to come and bow down at your feet. They will acknowledge that you are the ones I love.

I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name. Take note! I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not, but lie–behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and learn and acknowledge that I have loved you.

Our Lord Jesus Christ will always love all believers of all ages including you, that conformed to His demands. See the following scriptures.

Isaiah 43:4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

Isaiah 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

All of these shall be your portion in Jesus name.

Our Lord Jesus Christ while encouraging these brethren at Philadelphia, informed them of what He had done for them.

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. 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. – Revelation 3:8-9

1. I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it, I have set it open, and kept it open, though there be many adversaries.

1 Corinthians 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is to be acknowledged as the author of all the liberty and opportunity his churches enjoy.

He takes notice and keeps account of how long he has preserved their spiritual liberties and privileges for them.

Although wicked men envy the people of God of their door of liberty, and would be glad to shut it against them. But then, If we do not provoke Christ to shut this door against us, men cannot do it.

2. Our Lord continued His commendation of this church.

Thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name,

“This means thou hast a little grace, which has kept thee to be faithful.”

True grace, though little, has the divine approval.

Even though Christ accepts a little strength, yet believers should not rest satisfied in a little, but should strive to grow in grace, to be strong in faith, giving glory to God.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

True grace, though little, will do more than the greatest gifts or highest degrees of common grace, for it will enable the Christian to keep the word of Christ, and not to deny his name.

Obedience, fidelity, and a free confession of the name of Christ, are the fruits of true grace, and are pleasing to Christ as such..

Beloved brethren, endeavour to keep the entirety of God’s words and also make deliberate efforts to grow in grace.

The good Lord shall help you in particular in Jesus name.

Lastly He gave them a great promise of the great favour . See this yourself.

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. 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. – Revelation 3:8-9

God would bestow on this church the following:

Christ would make His churches enemies subject to them

Those enemies were described to be such as said they were Jews, but lied in saying so–pretended to be the only and peculiar people of God, but were really the synagogue of Satan.

Assemblies that worship God in spirit and in truth are the Israel of God,.

But assemblies that either worship false gods, or the true God in a false manner, are the synagogues of Satan: though they may profess to be people of God, their profession is a lie.

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Their subjection to the church is described: They shall worship at thy feet.

Even though, they would not pay a religious and divine honour to the church itself, nor to the ministry of it, but shall be convinced that they have been in the wrong and that this church is in the right and is beloved of Christ, .

This would compel them to desire to be associated in communion with her and that they may worship the same God after the same manner.

This great change shall be wrought through the power of God upon the hearts of his enemies, and by discoveries of the peculiar favour of God on his church:

They shall know that I have loved thee. The greatest honour and happiness any church can enjoy consist in the peculiar love and favour of Christ.

Secondly, Christ can show his favour to his people in such a manner that their very enemies shall see it, and be forced to acknowledge it.

Thirdly, This will, by the grace of Christ, to soften the hearts of their enemies, and make them desirous to be admitted into communion with them.

Dearly beloved these favours of God, enjoyed by the church of Philadelphia, shall be made available to you in particular as you follow their good example.

God’s grace shall avail for you too in Jesus name.

Psalms 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 5:12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

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. 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. – Revelation 3:8-9

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