Apostle Sergio Enríquez.
Philadelphia will be kept from the Great Tribulation, unlike the other 6 churches. The word Philadelphia is composed by philosand adelphos, which means fraternal love. Those words are the DNA of Philadelphia. Anything related with love and friendship (philos) is connected with it.
- Philagatosis the love for the good.
- Philandrosis when older women teach the younger ones to love their husbands.
- Philantrophiais the love for humanity, which God had when He send His Son.
- Philonexiais the love for hospitality.
- Philotheosis the love for God.
These are some types of love that bring us closer to Philadelphia. However, there are also some kinds of love that take us away from it.
Enemies of Philadelphia
Philosophy can be healthy of diabolic. This is the love for wisdom.
Colossians 2:8 (NASB)says, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophyand empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
There are 2 types of wisdom:
James 3:13-15 (NASB)states, “Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.”
What do we use our wisdom for? The answer will determine what kind of wisdom we have. There are people who can take us captive through philosophy and empty deception. People who have earthly, natural, and demonic wisdom are in danger to get lost in arrogance and selfish ambition. James 3:17 (NASB)explains “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” Some philosophies can damage our Philadelphia and we risk not being raptured.
1 Timothy 6:10 (NASB) says, “For the love of moneyis a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Philarguriais the love for money. This verse shows that the ones who longed for money where people who had faith and wandered away from it. This means we are also in danger. Money is necessary, but the most beautiful things, like air, cannot be bought with money.
This is also an enemy because it is the love for oneself.
2 Timothy 3:2 (NASB) states, “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy.”
This is the century of the lovers of their own self. When we love ourselves more than what God wants, it is a problem because it can lead to selfishness and prevent us from being part of the Philadelphia church that will be raptured, so it should be pulled out.
This word is composed by philosand edonos, from where the word hedonism comes from. Hedonism is a philosophy that pursuits happiness through pleasure.
2 Timothy 3:4 (NASB)says, “Treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasurerather than lovers of God.”
Currently, there is a trend of Christian hedonism.
Isaiah 58:2 (NASB)states, “Yet they seek Me day by day and delightto know My ways, as a nation that has done righteousness and has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask me for just decisions, they delight in the nearness of God.”
Isaiah 58:14 (NASB) shows, “Then you will take delightin the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
We can see that there should be a delight, but that delight should be in the Lord. It is true that the Lord makes us lie down in green pastures, but we also walk through the valley of the shadow of death sometimes. There is a way to be happy, and it is not though pleasure, but though Jesus Christ. If we have an encounter with Christ, we will have happiness even in the most difficult times. That is the true happiness. We are not like those who have no hope. Let’s prepare to meet our God.