7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,
‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:[c] 8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it;[d] for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.11 Behold,[e] I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’ Revelation 3:7-13.
The message to the church in Ephesus is that they were faithful. They persevered and did not turn their backs on the Lord Jesus Christ. Out of the seven messages given to the seven churches there were only two churches that did not receive a rebuke from the Lord. The church in Smyrna which was persecuted and the church in Ephesus which was faithful.
Again the messages given to these seven churches was not only for those churches but were for the body of Christ throughout church history. Each of the seven churches represents a spiritual condition and the church in Ephesus represented a people who were faithful.
Being faithful is not an easy thing and cannot be accomplished in our own strength. As we grow deeper in our relationship with God we will be challenged in greater ways throughout our lives. The challenges we go through mold and shape us and simply teach us to fully rely upon the Lord.
The word the Lord gave to the church in Ephesus was to hold fast. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ we have the greatest gift anyone could ever give us and that is simply being a child of God. As we learn to enjoy the Lord’s presence we learn to walk in the deeper things of God.
Those who hunger and thirst after the Lord will be satisfied and filled but along the way there will be many challenges. It is easy to seek after the flesh and live in comfort. But those who desire the deep things of God’s kingdom must be willing to set all things aside to pursue Jesus Christ. It is our pursuit of Jesus Christ that will lead us to lay down our lives.
Life on this earth is based on one of two things. We are either pursuing the things of the flesh and self, or we are pursuing God’s kingdom. It is those who pursue God’s kingdom with all their hearts who become mighty champions on the earth for the name of Jesus.
The power the apostles walked in was not something of history. It is not something that only came and is no longer. Jesus told them that they would not only do the same things He did, but greater things. This promise stands for all who would place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and pursue Him with everything within them. The Lord is returning soon and He desires to move mightily on the earth. For this to happen He simply needs vessels who are willing to lay down their very lives and lay all things down at the cross.