From Brotherly Love to Lukewarm (Philadelphia and Laodicea) Part 1
Sermon shared by Monte Brown
Summary: The series of messages on End Times for Today will take the words from Revelation chapter by chapter and reveal the blessings that are promised within these pages. The Greek word Philadelphia means = “brotherly love” which occurs seven times in the Bible
Series: End Times for Today
Audience: General adults
The Greek word Philadelphia means = “brotherly love” which occurs seven times in the Bible and the Greek word for Laodicea means = “lukewarm.” So our message goes from brotherly love to lukewarm.
The message this morning is a two part message “From Brotherly Love to Lukewarm.”
Part one of the message is this morning as we focus on “Brotherly Love” and this evening we will focus on “Lukewarm.”
7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:7-13 (KJV)
A Christian community was established at Philadelphia by the late first century. According to Revelation 3:8, the Christians did not have much influence, but showed loyalty to the faith despite local opposition.
Of the seven churches of Asia minor the church at Philadelphia was the only one that Christ had no complain about.
Even in the midst of an ungodly community they showed brotherly love.
However as time went on the climate changed an in about AD 155, eleven Christians from Philadelphia were martyred along with Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; Romans 12:10
But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 1 Thessalonians 4:9
Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 1 Peter 1:22
to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 2 Peter 1:7
7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things