I know your works; behold, I have put before you an opened door which no one can shut, because you have a little power and have kept My word and have not denied My name. ”

– Revelation 3:8

The word Philadelphia in Greek means brotherly love. The church in Philadelphia prefigures the recovery of the proper church life beginning with the Brethren in the early 19th century. The church in Philadelphia is God’s ultimate reaction to Catholicism and Protestantism, prefigured by the churches in Thyatira and Sardis, respectively. In Philadelphia, you have the full recovery of the experience of Christ for the proper church life. Christ is the content of the recovered church. The church in Philadelphia is characterized by a prevailing atmosphere of love among the brothers. It is ultimately what brings the Lord back. In this epistle, we see the many blessings we enjoy and experience when we are in this line. In this short epistle, Philadelphia is told that they have a little power. If we have spiritual eyes, we will see that this little power is the most powerful thing spiritually the earth has ever seen. It’s the power to express God and to represent Him.

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Note: This is the fifth in a six part series on the seven churches in Revelation
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 6

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