New Testament & Psalms 2019

A Letter to the Church in Philadelphia

Thanks Mike as the Westminster Catechism starts out it is for His glory….
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Btw, some of the best sermons on Revelation I’ve studied are on Sermon Audio by Dr. Steven Dilday, all of them are relevant, but you can find his on Revelation 3:7 beginning here: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1016101815254

It is noteworthy how John writes down the source of the message he is given:

Rev 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Rev 1:2  Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

And the value of our reading it is confirmed as the book closes:
Revelation 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Time to take the book off the shelf, to read and keep. God’s word puts bookends of blessings around the text.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

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”: Revelation 3:7 (NKJV) 

One of the big errors of our time in the visible Church of the 21st Century is the misguided concept that truth is subjective. In other words, truth is what you want it be. This concept is, of course, simply borrowed from the world, which loves it. While I do not contend that I know when our Lord will return, I do know that it will be at the end of this age prior to the age to come. I know that He has been given a people for Himself from the Father. I know that His blood purchased them at…

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