Verse of the Day and Devotional 4-4-2024

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Verse of the Day

by Bible League International,

Narrated by Artificial Intellegence – Andrew,

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“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open: ‘I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.'” – Revelation 3:7 NLT


The messages the Apostle John was given for the seven churches mentioned in Revelation two and three are not limited to those particular churches. They are also meant for the churches of all ages. The message to the church of Philadelphia is a message to those who “have little strength, yet you have obeyed my word and did not deny me.” It is a message to the faithful.

The message, like all seven messages, comes from Jesus. In this case, Jesus is described as “the one who has the key of David.” In the Old Testament, having “the key to the house of David” meant having the key to David’s kingdom (Isaiah 22:22). It is the authority to allow people to enter, or not enter, the kingdom and the presence of the king. Jesus is the New Testament heir of David’s kingdom (Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:32) and He now has the authority to allow people to enter, or not enter, the kingdom of God and the presence of God.

For the faithful, Jesus has opened the door to the kingdom of God and the presence of God. No one can close this door. No one can prevent us from entering the kingdom and meeting the King. The opened door metaphor, however, symbolizes more than just entrance into the kingdom. It also means that we enter the life of the kingdom. This would include all kingdom activities, including the expansion and development of the kingdom.

Like those in Philadelphia, we may have little strength, but if we remain faithful, then Jesus promises we will become “pillars in the temple of my God” (Revelation 3:12). We will become strong, steadfast, immovable fixtures in the very dwelling place of God that will never be removed.

We will, in other words, move from our present temporary position of weakness to an eternal position of strength.

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