“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one,” Revelation 3:7a
Jesus alone is worthy of our praise, our allegiance, and our loyalty.
When we consider our church, we naturally ask ourselves, “who is in charge?” Is it a man? Or a group of leaders? Or is it Jesus Himself? One of the benefits of this sermon series is that we are reminded that Jesus is the rightful Ruler of His people. All of us, including our pastors and leaders, submit to His rule.
Notice the manner in which Jesus introduces Himself to the church of Philadelphia. As the Son of God, He can rightfully define Himself as both holy and true. His holiness indicates that He is wholly without sin. He alone is untainted by the Fall recorded in Genesis 3. His intellect, His will, His affections, His goals… everything that He is and does is utterly free from sin. But not only that – our sinless, holy Lord is also true. The Greek word translated “true one” denotes that which is authentic, not counterfeit, the real-deal.
Have you noticed that as our culture increasingly embraces post-modern thought and rejects the notion of moral absolutes, that the younger generations are seeking authenticity? What an opportunity we have as a local church to live authentically with each other and worship Him who is the very definition of truth.
Let us lift Him up, and point others to Him.
Jesus, I acknowledge You and worship You. For You are holy, and You are true. Amen.