“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16:11)
“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” (Rev. 3:8).
We see in this verse a recurring biblical principle, which is that what belongs to Christ belongs to those who are in Christ. In the previous verse, we saw that Christ is the one with a key that opens what no man can shut, and who shuts what no man can open. Because of this authority that the Lord Jesus has, the words spoken in the next verse apply the very same reality to the Christians at the church in Philadelphia.
The Lord mentions four things that relate to their faithfulness. He knows their works, first. Second, their works were done despite having “little strength.” Third, they have kept the Lord’s word, and last, they have not denied His name. So they worked though they had little strength to work, they kept the word that had been entrusted to them, and they did not deny the name of the Lord. The Lord commends them for all this, but more than commending them, He bestows on them what He only can give. He sets before them an open door, which no man can shut.
The progress of the faithful church is never by might, or by power, but by God’s Spirit (Zech. 4:6). God is therefore the God of disproportionate results.