6th Message from Jesus – How to Be THE CLOSEST to God the Father!

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6th Message: How to Be THE CLOSEST to God the Father!
A Message from Jesus to Patient Christians
(Philadelphia) Revelation 3:7-13

Jesus describes Himself:
1. He that is Holy – transcendently beautiful, perfect, and separate
2. He that is True – no lie in Him
3. He that has the Key of David – Has authority as King of Jerusalem, spiritually and naturally.
4. The exclusively opens and shuts doors – Is in control of all opportunities. “I’m heaven’s bouncer, booking agent, manager, HR, connecter, rainmaker, etc…”

Why does Jesus describe Himself this way to this Church? Jesus is speaking a message of encouragement and assurance to a patient group of Christians; He is telling them that He is Trustworthy, In TOTAL Control, and Has no bad motives towards them in keeping them waiting.

Jesus Knows and is INTIMATELY acquainted with:
– their works. So He gives them an Open Door. NO Man can shut it, or take this opportunity away from them.
 – they have a little strength
 – they kept His Word
 – they have not denied His name.

He will make fake artificial Christians:
1. Come and worship God before the Patient Christian’s feet.
2. Know how much God loves the Patient Christians in this church.

Because you kept the Word of God’s patience:
– God will keep them from the tribulation.

Instructions: Hold TIGHTLY to what you already have!
1. Word- The Words of Jesus.
2. Name – the Name and authority of Jesus. Commitment to Him.
3. Patience.
Hold on to these things so no one takes your crown (reward).

Promises if you Overcome:
1. I will make you a pillar in God’s temple, you will stay there.
2. I will write God’s name on you.
3. I will write the name of God’s city on You.
4. I (Jesus) will write my Brand New Exclusive name on you.

The patient Christian that overcomes (maintains and hold’s on to the patience of Christ, trust in God’s Word, and trust in God’s name); will be built into God’s temple (be closest to God. They will also be branded with:
God’s name.
God’s city.
Jesus’s brand new name.

Name stands for authority and identity.

So over and above being a member of heaven:
 You will be build into part of the temple- be closer to God.
 You will have God’s name, and the name of God’s city.
 And Jesus’s new name as your “name brand.”

That’s sweet! You get to represent God more than anyone else in heaven!

Obviously patience is very important to the heart of the Son of God.

1. Notice that Jesus said NOTHING BAD about this patient group of Christians.
2. Notice how many good things he gave them:
– An Open door. Exclusive opportunities that nobody can take away.
– Fake Jews bowing down
– Being vindicated by God’s love before fake Jews
– Being protected from the greatest tribulation to come on the whole world
– A CROWN
3. On top of all that, if they overcome (and keep Jesus’ Patience, Word, and Name), they get to be closest to God, be branded with His names, and represent God more than anyone in heaven.

PATIENCE & Faith in God’s Word and Name – VERY IMPORTANT.

If you have a heart that can hear and understand spiritual things, please PAY attention to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches- this is Deep and Important.

Next:

7th Message: How to Sit With Jesus on His Throne!
A Message from Jesus to Lukewarm Christians that Don’t Change Anything
(Laodicean) Revelation 3:14-22