Summary: How does the church of Philadelphia compare to our church? 6th in the series of the Seven Churches of Revelation.
Christ holds the key of David. The only other place where the key of David is referred to is in the book of Isaiah.
20 "In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah.
21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, was given the key to the house of David during the reign of King Hexekiah. The key was carried on a cord hung over the shoulder and the key unlocked the house of David which contained all the treasures of the kings of Judah and also housed the government. So Eliakim controlled who could come into the house of David and also who could not. He had the authority to do so. Jesus in the same sense holds the key to the New Jerusalem that is coming when he returns. Christ holds the key; thus He controls who gets in and who does not. There is no one else who can open or close this door. Christ has the authority to say who will enter the kingdom of God. No one comes unto the Father except through Christ.
8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
Christ knew their deeds, just as He knows our deeds. There isn’t anything that we do, or anything that we say, or anything that we think, that Jesus doesn’t know. Christ knew their hearts and He knew that they had truly accepted Him as their Savior and Lord. Thus Jesus had opened the door to eternal life in heaven for them and no one could take that away from them. Also no one whom has not accepted Christ has his or her Savior could open that door. Is there anything in your thoughts or your life that you are ashamed of? Is there a sin in your life that you don’t want anyone to know about? Well, there are no secrets that Jesus doesn’t know. It is impossible to hide anything from Him. You cannot hide from His sight. So the next time that you do something that you wouldn’t want anyone to see, remember that Jesus sees it.
The Christians at Philadelphia had kept the word and teaching of Christ and had done their best in spreading the word of Christ, even though they had little strength. They were probably few in numbers and not wealthy, but they were rich in the blessings of Christ and they always put Him first in their lives. They were probably witnessing everyday and those whom accepted the Word, Christ open the door for them, those who did not, Christ shut the door to them.
9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars-- I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.
I am going out on a limb on my commentary of this verse. I have not read anyone else that gives a commentary like the one I am about to give. We have many false religions and cults today that claim that they are Christians. I believe that Christ is referring to these people in the above verse. There are even people sitting in our churches today that claim to be Christians, but have not really accepted Christ as their Savior. The time will come when the truth will be known. The day will come when these so called Christians, but really members of the synagogue of Satan, will fall down at our feet and acknowledge that we are the true children of God. What a day that will be! If you have been attending church for years and everyone thinks that you are a Christian, but you know that you haven’t really accepted Christ as your Savior and confessed it with your mouth, then read the above verse again. Sitting in church 3 or 4 times a week doesn’t get you into heaven. You may feel embarrass to walk the aisle after all these years of pretending to be a Christian, but what is the consequence if you don’t. What do you prefer; a little embarrassment or spending eternity in hell?