What Does Revelation 3:11 Mean?

'I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

Revelation 3:11(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The church at Philadelphia in this verse is generally referred to as 'the faithful church' and is one of the few churches that do not receive a word of rebuke from the Lord.

Although the church at Philadelphia was small in number, they faithfully held fast to the truth of God's Word and patiently endured the difficulties and trials they faced in a world at enmity with God - but they did receive a warning to, hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

Jesus knew that complacency in our Christian walk was a dangerous trait, for we are surrounded by many temptations and trials that can lure us away from the path of righteousness or exhaust our soul, if we are not walking in spirit and truth.

There are many crowns that are laid up for us in heaven, at the end of our journey through life.. as rewards for those that are faithful. And although our Salvation is a free gift of grace that can never be lost, we all need to be aware that we can suffer loss, when we at last stand before the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

Let us beware of the dangers that can cause our faith in God's Word to flounder and fall, and let us and hold fast that what we have, looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

My Prayer

Keep me Lord Jesus from developing an attitude of complacency in my Christian walk, and alert me to the many pitfalls and perils that strew the paths of all Your children. Keep me I pray, in full and utter dependence upon You alone, every moment of the day.. and I pray that one day I may stand before Your throne and hear You say, well done, good and faithful servant - in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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