The church in Philadelphia was the most pleasing to the Lord among the seven churches in Revelation 2,3
. She alone is commended the most and not rebuked.
Look at what she has. Philadelphia
means brotherly love.
She has love of the brotherhood.
Does she consist of spiritual giants? It seems that she has no spiritual giants. She has a lot of little saints who are faithful to what they have. She has a little strength and has not denied the Lord's name.
" And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write:
These things says the Holy One, the true One who has the key of David,
the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
I know your works; behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power and have kept My word and have not denied My name." (Rev. 3:7-8)
The church of love among the brothers has a little power
. They are not great spiritual giants. But t hey have love, they have forgiveness, they have harmony. And God has set before them an open door into the kingdom age.
No one can shut that door if Christ opens it.
No one can open that door if Christ shuts it to them.
Before these little potatoes of the last days Christ has put an opened door before them into the glorious millennial age. They only need to be faithful to what they have in the enjoyment of Christ and the oneness.
"Because you have kept the word of My endurance, I also will keep you out of the hour of trial, which is about to come on the whole inhabited earth, to try them who dwell on the earth." (v.10)
This means that Christ will show His approval to the world and to all the Christians one day by rapturing some right up out of the earth.
The reason that they are READY is because through endurance they have daily in small ways kept themselves in the enjoyment of Christ. The sign of their being READY is in their being raptured.
The sign of others not being READY is their having to go through the great tribulation, the trial which is about to come upon the whole inhabited earth.
So I would say in this brief post of encouragement, each day to ask the Lord to help you to be faithful to the level of insight that the Holy Spirit has given you.
Remember, to the merciful Christ will show mercy TO the merciful like Him.
So your attitude towards the brothers and sisters and others is an ingredient to conformation to His image.
"Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy." (Matt. 5:7)
He looks to us Christians to be faithful to what He has shown us and to be merciful towards others. He will complete the work.
So you do not know how far along you are.
You may be further along then you think you are.