Hold the Lord’s Word and Name by Loving Him

Revelation 21:15-17 declare, “And he who spoke with me had a golden reed as a measure….And he measured the city with the reed to a length of twelve thousand stadia; the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured its wall, a hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

Compared to the city, the wall is quite small. However, the wall is highly appraised because its dimension is “one hundred forty-four” or twelve times twelve. Perhaps this high valuation of the wall, despite its apparent smallness, is related to the Lord’s word to the church in Philadelphia. He said (Revelation 3:8), “I know your works; behold, I have put before you an opened door which no one can shut, because you have a little power and have kept My word and have not denied My name.” Despite only “a little power” the Lord blessed Philadelphia with an open door and with the promise of a crown if they would hold fast what they have (v. 3:11). Furthermore, the Lord’s reward to the overcomers in Philadelphia involves New Jerusalem (v. 3:12), which is not mentioned to the other six churches in Revelation 2–3 (even though those Christians will be in New Jerusalem).

Whether or not the one hundred forty-four cubits is related to the little power of Philadelphia, we should hold firmly to the Lord’s word and to His name. In John 14:23 we keep the Lord’s word by loving Him and in 1 Corinthians 1:2 the opposite of denying the Lord’s name is calling on it out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22). Lord Jesus, we love You and we love Your word; Lord we ask You to increase this love more and more.

Keep His Word and His Name in a Pure Heart

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