The concept that guides my thoughts as I prepare each podcast is what the Apostle Paul told a young Timothy as he was learning to lead new believers… 2 Tim 2:15

What keeps us saved? Is it what we do or don’t do? Is it our religion? Is how good we are? Is it our faith? In the message that Christ gives to the church in Philadelphia, He gives us the answer to the question, “What keeps us saved?”

Philadelphia in the Greek means “familial love“… or brotherly love

There were 3 common characteristics among those who lived in Philadelphia;

  1. They lived day to day
  2. They didn’t have much control over things around them
  3. They lived by what they received from the ground

This was the entire world view of the Philadelphia believers… uncomplicated, committed, and trusting

Revelation 3:7-13

Christ makes 3 statements of importance in this passage;

  1. He has the Key of David; Isa 22:15-19
  1. Christ Opened a door;
  • What is the Key of David?
  • What is the door that Christ opened?

To try to understand what the open door is, we need to understand why Jesus has opened the door for them…

  1. Christ is coming soon;

The 3rd question we now have is, “What are they to “Hold Fast” to?”

  • They kept the Word of Christ…
  • They didn’t deny His name…
  • They patiently endured…

For that, when Christ comes, they will;

  • receive a crown
  • be a pillar in the temple of God
  • always be in the presence of God
  • be a child of God (His name written on you)
  • be a citizen of the city of God
  • be a child of Christ

The “Key of David” is the key to this new city, the city of God, the city where God’s temple resides, the city where God is always present, the city where believers in Christ are citizens, and they are the children of God & Christ (they have His name)…

So what is the “Key of David“? The key that opens the door to heaven for those who;

  • Keep the Word of Christ (observe)
  • Don’t deny Christ
  • Patiently endure

So, what “specifically” is this key? If we go back to what Christ said in the beginning of this passage, “He holds the key of David“…

The Greek word for “Hold” is echo… It’s defined as, to have – possession, ability, relation, or contiguity… echo…

Aristotle’s law of Contiguity says that when 2 ideas or psychologically perceived events have once occurred in close association, they are likely to occur in close association again, the subsequent occurrence of one tending to elicit the other…

The “Key of David” was is…

David received a kingdom from God… Jesus received the kingdom of Heaven…

David was king of Israel… Jesus is the King of God’s Kingdom…

David rules fro Jerusalem on earth… Jesus will rule from the new Jerusalem that comes down from Heaven…

The Law of Contiguity – If events have once occurred in close association, they are likely to occur in close association again, the subsequent occurrence of one tending to elicit the other…

Why does Christ open the door that no one can close? For the Philadelphia believers it was because they;

  •  Kept the Word of Christ (observe)
  • Didn’t deny Christ
  • Patiently endured…

As David had the power to open the doors of Jerusalem to others, Christ has the power to open the doors to the New Jerusalem in heaven to any He chooses…

What do we have to do to get there? Just “HOLD ON

Whatever is going on in your life right now, HOLD ON… Whatever is happening where you live, HOLD ON… Whatever the outlook is for your future, HOLD ON… Because Christ is the one with the key that opens the door for you, me, and everyone else to enter heaven…