Simpang Borobudur no 27 Malang
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 3:7-13 is about the church in Philadelphia.
Revelation 3:7
3:7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”

Jesus appears as One who holds the key of David to do the three great thingsfor the church in Philadelphia, as follows:

  1. [Revelation 3:8] To open the doors that cannot be shut by anyone.
  2. [Revelation 3:9] To give victory over the congregation of Satan.
  3. [Revelation 3:10] To protect us from the day of temptation that will come for the entire world.

We are learning the second one namely to give victory over the congregation of Satan.
Revelation 3:9
3:9 Indeed I will make thoseof the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

The synagogue of Satan is the liars. They say they are Jews, but they are not.

1 John 4:20
4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

A liar is one who says he loves God but hates his brother.
Thus, the synagogue of Satan is a liar, the servant of God that is without love.

Matthew 24:12
24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

At the last days, the love grows cold near the time of Jesus’ second coming. It is the hail. When the lawlessness will abound, it is the flaming fire. Those two things will draw the punishment of God for the entire world.

Exodus 9:24
9:24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, so very heavy that there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.

The hail already happened in Egypt when Israel went out from the land of Egypt. It is the prophecy when the church of God will go out from the world and be lifted up on clouds, the hail mingled with the fire will happen again.

Revelation 16:21
16:21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstoneabout the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.

2 Peter 3:10
3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

The punishment of the hail mingled with the fire will destroy the world and the earth and the works that are in it including the servants of God who serve without love. It is called the doomsday.

For that reason, we must have the love or living in it.
Nevertheless the flesh man does not have the love but lust, emotion, ambition, et cetera.

Where do we get the love?
1 John 4:9-10
4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to bethe propitiation for our sins.

We get the love from God through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. The proof is as follows:

  1. We love God more than anything that is obeying to Word so we can live in righteousness and holiness.

    John 14:15
    14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.

    Ephesians 4:11-12
    4:11 And He Himself gave some to beapostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
    for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

    We will be trusted in ministry, lifted up as the priest and king, and employed in the building of the perfect body of Christ.

    1 Timothy 4:14
    4:14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.

    Through the laying hands of the eldership, we receive the ministry and the gift of Holy Spirit. It means receiving the tunic of many colors so our life becomes tidy and beautiful.
    After that, do not neglect or become unfaithful in ministry. If we neglect and become unfaithful in ministry, the results are sorrow, tears, and suffering.

  2. We can love each other.
    1 John 4:11
    4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

    The practices are as follows:

    • Do not owe anything.
      Romans 13:8
      13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

      It means do not owe the sin. We must reconcile that is confess and forgive the sin each other.
      It also means do not harm other through deed and saying.

      If the heart is peaceful, the love of God will be poured and everything becomes easy and light.

    • One is able to give to others who are in need physically and spiritually.
      1 John 3:17
      3:17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

      It is like opening the door of heart to receive the love of God or opening the door of heaven.

    • One is able to love enemy, repaying the evil with kindness.
      Matthew 5:43-45
      5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighborand hate your enemy.’
      But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
      that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

1 John 4:12
4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

If we love each other, we have the love of Jesus that is perfect as the sunlight that shines from Jesus’ face. The sunlight is sincere, has no purpose to get physical advantage, other purposes. It is without partiality and does not hide anything.

Ezekiel 1:28
1:28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so wasthe appearance of the brightness all around it. This wasthe appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.

We really need the love of the sun, especially to face the dark cloud and heavy rain so the rainbow of the glory of God will appear. The results are as follows:

  1. The rainbow of the glory of God is able to melt the frozen things. The fallen countenance is changed to beaming face. We experience the joy of heaven that cannot be affected by anything in this world.

  2. The rainbow of the glory of God is able to illuminate us so we can be freed from the sin up to the peak. We can live in righteousness and become the instrument of righteousness.

  3. The rainbow of the glory of God is able to illuminate the impossible problems so they are erased and finished in time.
  4. The rainbow of the glory of God is able to change us from carnal man to spiritual one like Jesus. Until we are perfect and worthy to greet His second coming on the glorious clouds.

God blesses us.


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