The church in Philadelphia got it. They kept God’s Word and did not deny the name and mission of Jesus. They loved God and the loved people. They loved each other well and that loved poured out of the church and overflowed in their community and throughout the whole region.
The church in Philadelphia knew Jesus’ love and they loved like Jesus so the world would come to know Jesus.
In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus’ words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, “Whoever Has Ears…”, we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.
Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.
As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?