This is why I wanted to learn the Greek of the Bible. Because even something as seemingly simple as one word in Greek carries within it such a wealth of meaning, it is almost impossible to imagine how to bring that into the translated text.
in the moment, round-eyed with anguish, we search for God’s presence, for our Lord is certainly with us, even in the thick of it, even in the darkest pit of it, the wracking pain of it.
What lay ahead would be a devastating ordeal, yet God did not want God’s people to be afraid, for their crucible would soon pass, and those who harmed them would receive just judgment from God.
Jesus’s promises to the assembly in Philadelphia included crowns and a throne, rewards that may seem anachronistic to those of us who never grew up with kings and queens in our governments. So, how do we understand what Jesus is saying to people like us, today?
After affirming their salvation, Jesus promised the assembly in Philadelphia that others would know He loved them. Jesus also promised protection from what was about to come, but though that promise seems straightforward, commentators have puzzled over what it really means.
If you are part of a Life Group or Care Group, or whatever your church calls it, this is well worth sharing together, perhaps over a meal, and with plenty of time to participate on the reflection questions.
Our understanding of God is going to determine how we understand who we are, and what is happening in our lives.
God’s people needed reassurance, just as you and I need it today. They needed to know that God is sovereign over even catastrophic consequences the size of an invading army. They needed to know God still loved them, was with them, and was for them. They needed to know God has a plan, and the power to carry it through.
After affirming their salvation, Jesus promised the assembly in Philadelphia others would know He loved them, and protection from what was about to come.
Jesus would not permit God’s adversaries from preventing God’s beloved entering God’s holy house. Jesus had opened the portal, and no one could shut it.