“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”
—Revelation 3:8 KJV
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What is the open door that Christ promises to the church of Philadelphia? The believers in this church have not denied Christ—they are faithful. Perhaps the door represents my heart, but it could also symbolize redemption. Christ’s death on Calvary opened the doors of heaven to any believer. Hiding in Christ’s promises, they are kept from temptation.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
—Revelation 3:20 KJV
In contrast, Christ stands at the shut door of the last church, Laodicea, and knocks, waiting for recognition and an invitation to enter. Can I hear the knock?
It’s not easy to imagine being spit out by my Redeemer—has the world enticed me so far that I believe I’m rich with a wretched heart? Two-edged words—can I accept a difficult circumstance in trade for a character refined as gold? Can I hear the knock?
For those who humbly accept Christ’s assessment of their spiritual life, Christ promises a life rich in mercy, covered in His perfect robe, and eyes that see truth.
If you are looking for an in-depth study on the prophecy and symbols John writes about in Revelation, I recommend the Amazing Facts Media Library.