Summary of passage: Jesus is coming soon to never leave again. Those who overcome shall have written upon him God’s name, the new Jerusalem, and Jesus’ new name.
7a) Part personal Question. My answer: Hold onto what you have. Jesus and hope.
b) Faith, righteousness, life (eternal), victory.
8 ) Part personal Question. My answer: He will make believers into pillars in the temple of my God. Means God will reign here on earth (or in the temple of my God–in God’s kingdom if we die before the Second Coming). Never again will he (us) leave it–meaning we will have eternal life, reigning forever with God either in heaven or here on earth.
I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. Means all those saved will be marked with the Holy Spirit (God’s name), given a new name in Christ, and dwell in the New Jerusalem.
I will be a new person in Him and with Him always.
9) Personal Question. My answer: God is in control. He has it. One day it will come to pass. I am His. He is mine. Even when the immediacy is slow and overbearing, I know in my heart I’ll have it one day.
Conclusions: Personal Question day it seems. I enjoyed the whole image of the pillar (see End Notes). It’s such an iconic image, which fits perfectly with Jesus. I can only hope to stand as strong as a temple pillar.
End Notes: “Soon” here means when it comes, it will be quick. NOT it is coming in the immediate future.
Remember the ancient Romans and Greeks invented the pillar–the tall stone columns that support the building, mostly temples. Every important building and temple had pillars. Often when we see pictures of ancient ruins, what is the only thing still standing? Pillars. They symbolized strength, stability, and beauty.
Jesus here is saying, “Even when the world around you is crumbling, stand strong like a pillar. Stand with me.”
Philadelphia had a lot of earthquakes. Often the people would flee the city and then come back to it once the tremors stopped. We are to stand strong in the Lord and never flee.
Pillars were often inscribed in the ancient world much like plaques today. It was a great honor and privilege. The fact God would inscribe us is so beyond it’s insane.