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2/15/17 - Hold on to the things of God and not this earth

Published: Wednesday, 15 February 2017 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. Revelation 3:11-12

These verses are part of the letter that Christ told John to write to the church at Philadelphia.  The letters to Philadelphia and Smyrna are the only two churches that do not contain any negative comments from Christ.

Many theologians believe that the letters to the seven churches contained in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 trace the history of the church.  If that is the case, the church at Philadelphia is aligned with the Protestant Reformation in the 17th century.  During this time, there was a new awakening to God’s Word.  There were many people who translated the Bible into English so that anyone could read the Bible for himself or herself.  From this came many of the Protestant denominations of churches that we have today.

In the verses above, Christ tells the church that He is coming soon.  As I understand the word “soon”, it means “quickly”.  This means that when Christ comes a second time, He will come in the twinkling of an eye.  He goes on to say that they should hold on to what you have, so that they will not lose their crown.  The Bible speaks of many crowns that will be given to Believers when Christ judges the work that they did after becoming a Believer. 

He describes making those who are victorious a pillar.  Of course, a pillar offers strong support to a structure.  True Believers will become pillars in God’s temple.  The victory of a Believer is determined by how that Believer overcomes the things of this world.  Christ will identify Believers in several ways.  When you read these ways of identification, think of a person’s passport that records their home country and all the countries that they have visited. 

Believers will have the name of God and the name of the city of God, New Jerusalem.  These names identify a Believer as belonging to God.  They will be able to freely travel to any part of God’s Kingdom.  I do not know what you are thinking about now, because this is difficult to understand in our physical world.  In the spiritual world, God will give us a new body that will be like the body of Christ after He was resurrected.  Believers will be able to move about with nothing stopping them…not walls, mountains, space, or anything.  You will have a visa from God clearly identifying you as God’s own. 

In addition to the name of God and His city, you will have the new name of Christ.  I have no idea what that name will be, but you will have it stamped on your visa.  Nothing in the known universe can hurt you, stop you, limit you, or impact you in any way.  This is almost too much to comprehend while in these mortal bodies; but God’s Word is clear as He dictated this letter to the church at Philadelphia.  All we need to do is to hold on to what we have in God, Christ, Holy Spirit, and the Bible.

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