7 And [kai] to the angel [aggelos] of the church [ekklesia] in [en] Philadelphia [Philadelpheia] write; [grapho] These things [hode]saith[lego] he that is holy, [hagios]
he that is true, [alethinos] he that hath [echo] the key
[kleis] of David, [Dabid] he that openeth,
[anoigo] and [kai] no man [oudeis]shutteth; [kleio] and [kai]shutteth, [kleio] and [kai] no man [oudeis]openeth; [anoigo]KJV-Interlinear
7 "And to the angel of the
church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of
David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says
Holiness, only God can define.Man cannot define what is or is not
holy.Apart from Bible doctrine in the
soul, man cannot discern between that which is holy and that which is not.Any person who believes in Christ receives,
among other things, the imputation of Gods righteousness and Gods justice.We are made righteousness in His sight.We are justified in His sight.We did not do anything but believe.God does all the work.
Holiness is the combination of Gods righteousness
(perfection) plus Gods justice (Cross).
Truth is doctrine, and apart from doctrine there is
no truth.Everything in life must be
considered in light of Bible doctrine, otherwise you run off into left field
with ideas of evolution, mans integrity, technological solutions for everything,
the idea of mans future lasting forever in the next several centuries with
space travel and such.
If God did not exist, these things, even man, would
not exist.God invented this universe
and all the 'laws' that rule it. God sustains this universe and every aspect of
it, whether small (sub-molecular and smaller), or large (galactic and larger). Everything that makes up this universe, comes from truth, which comes from, and is, God.
God has the key of David.God is the ultimate authority and power.Mankind gets mixed up and thinks that he
alone has the authority and power to make his own way.Governments get set up and then proceed to
destroy a given nation.Subjecting its very own citizens to the cruelties of its rules,
regulations, laws, which nearly always lead to control aspects of the people
rather than defending the citizen’s rights and liberties to function within the
Politicians set up programs to get votes, or buy
them.They set up programs that serve as
charities but with more rules and waste than anyone can imagine.They set up programs that help their own
political agenda and career, making favorites at the expense of those who have
no representation.Inevitably power and
prestige go to their heads and their historic 'legacy' becomes the driving
factor in their decisions.
Popular opinion means more than fairness or
truth.In short, earthly governments do
not follow Biblical principles, because mans sin nature interferes with mans
decision making process.So throughout
history, and despite some enlightened leadership, all in all, mankind will fail
sooner or later within the governing structure which God grants.
God provides us with a framework for life.God provides us with a structure that is
intended to promote and prosper humanity.However, mans sin nature gets in the way and as history has
demonstrated, all of the past empires have disappeared, and all of the current
ones will fade away as well.Why?Because humanity tries and tries to operate
outside of Gods divine framework of truth.
God is the ultimate authority.All of creation is subordinate to God, and
exists only at the pleasure of His will.God is omniscient and His foreknowledge gives Him all of the facts in
any situation.Legal systems here on
earth are flawed.
Perhaps they are as good as they can get, perhaps
fairness is provided, but on the grand scale throughout history, there is more
unfairness than fairness.God is fair
and just, and, I might add, doesn't hold a grudge after the decision.Mankind holds grudges.
If you get into trouble, there are folks who will
never let you forget it. Their righteous attitude makes them think that they
are furthering your punishment because God didn't give you enough in the first
place.People are judgmental and
implacable.They can be filled with envy
and hate.They will persecute you until
you no longer exist and still will not be satisfied.
God is the ultimate power.God is able to do what He says He will
do.God is able to not do what He does
not want done.
God is able to accomplish all things and nothing
can prevent His will.If God wants
something done, then nothing and no one can prevent it.
Daniel was in the lions
den, but God was not finished with Daniel's life, so the lions were
powerless.If God does not want something
to happen, then no one and nothing can accomplish it.Hitler wanted to rule the world, but Hitler
was a tool, in reality, of God, to accomplish judgment where it was needed and
a wake up call where it was needed.Hitler did not get his way.God had full and complete control of the
historical events in WW II, just as He has always had control of history in the
past and in the present and will have in the future.
God appoints and relieves governments in accordance
with His will and in accordance with His plan for human history.Human history is here for the determination
of the angelic conflict.We have not
been placed here on this earth just to see if mankind can rise above some
preset level of dignity, and from that continue forever. Human history had a
beginning and it will have an end.Thus the book of Revelation.
As each of these churches have
been addressed, along with that address, comes a title of God.Man's attitude and preconceived ideas are
contrasted with the reality of God.Man
is flawed, and God is the only truthful path through life.Man will never reincarnate himself into
better future lives.Man will never
improve the very nature of man.Technology may change, but sin and death will never change.Only God and Bible doctrine provide our
solution to these two problems, sin and death.Without God and His word, there is no good future for man.
God has the key of David.What is that key?We just described it.God controls history.He who has the key, controls what the key
belongs to. David is the representation of the only eternal dynasty in
history.All others will fail. That dynasty
is going to be governed by Jesus Christ.He will rule and He will rule forever.And He has ruled everything in history thus far.Even when humanity and Satan, try as they
may, to derail all of history for their own selfish interest.
All empires, all nations, all leaders have and will
come and go, but God holds the key to history and to life, and to all control
over everything. God is the sovereign over everything that is and will be.
No one else holds that key.
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