Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of June

Jun 17, 2021 by

Verses:

Rev. 3:8 “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.”

 

Excerpts:

One outstanding feature of the church in Philadelphia is that she kept the Lord’s word. According to history, no other Christians have kept the Lord’s word as strictly as those in the church in Philadelphia. The church in Philadelphia, the recovered church, does not care for tradition; she cares for the word of God.

 

We should not regard the church in Philadelphia as being strong, powerful, and prevailing. Whereas we may estimate the church in Philadelphia very highly, the Lord says that she had “a little power.” What pleases the Lord is not that we are strong but that we use our little power to do the best we can.

 

In Revelation 3:8 the Lord also says that the church in Philadelphia has not denied His name. The word is the Lord’s expression, and the name is the Lord Himself. The return to the pure Word from all heresies and traditions and the exaltation of the Lord’s name by abandoning every other name are the most inspiring testimony in the recovered church.

 

As the One who has the key of David and who opens and no one shall shut, the Lord has given the recovered church “an opened door which no one can shut”. Since the recovery of the proper church life began, a door has always been wide open to the Lord’s recovery. The more that organized Christianity tries to shut the door, the wider it is open. In spite of much opposition, the door today is open worldwide. The key is in the hand of the Head of the church; it is not in the hand of the opposers. (The Conclusion of the New Testament, pp. 2526-2527)

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