Keeping On Till Kept & Gone, Part 3 (Rev. 3:7-13)
I. Christ's Message to the Pastor of the Local Church at Philadelphia ().
A. Christ's Characteristics ().
B. Christ's Considerations ().
1. Behold... the Open Door ().
a. Future Opportunity for Testimony.
b. Present Occasion of Testimony.
2. Behold... the Opposing Deceiver ().
a. Satan's Synagogue.
b. The Savior's Strength.
3. Because... the Opportune Deliverance ().
4. Behold... the Occasion for Diligence ().
II. Christ's Mark Upon the Conqueror Who Overcomes ().
A. God's Name Written.
B. The New City's Name Written.
The expression “new Jerusalem” is a reference to the future eternal city described in Revelation 21 and 22. Some like Trench spiritualize the city and deplore the concept that the city will actually come down from heaven. The new Jerusalem, however, will probably be just as literal as the new heaven and the new earth.15