Steadfast In the Faith
Look, I will force those who belong to Satan’s synagogue—those liars who say they are Jews but are not—to come and bow down at your feet. They will acknowledge that you are the ones I love." Revelation 3:9 NLT
Jewish Synagogues were dotted all across the landscape of the known world at this time. The Synagogue (what we call church - an assembly) was the local place for Jews to gather in their times of worship and instruction in the law and the prophets. Many Jews attended Synagogues. Concerning the church of Philadelphia, Jesus spoke about those who called themselves Jews but weren't This could be interpreted two ways:
1. There was a literal Jewish Synagogue in Philadelphia that was putting pressure on the church of the followers of Jesus to abandon the faith.
2. There were those in the city of Philadelphia that called themselves followers of Christ but were impostors and were persecuting the church.
The church stood firm and did not cave into the cultural pressure of religious, social, and political correctness. The church in Philadelphia stood steadfast in the faith. Their desire was to please Jesus, not men! Jesus was honored by this church! He made a specific proclamation that He would make sure that the persecutors would know that this was a church He loved. Wow!! What an honor! I pray that Jesus will look upon our church, in this religious, social, and politically correct time and find us steadfast and unmovable in the faith. I pray that He distinguishes us from the ones who simply gather in a building that is called a "church". I pray that He will find in us the genuine faith that pleases Him.
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Rev. Curtis Norris