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A Pillar, not a Column

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A Pillar, not a Column

Words of Faith 12-10-2020

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Revelation 3

[12]  Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. 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. [13]  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.


      There was one more reward ahead for the believers in Philadelphia as they endured with patience the time they lived. He will make them a pillar in the temple of the Lord. This image is one of trust and promotion. 

       There were massive pillars in Philadelphia that remain to this day. Pillars were a vital part of ancient architecture. To be promoted or designated in this way was very honoring.

        What does a pillar do? A pillar joins with other pillars to support a structure that is above. In engineering terms, it distributes the vertical load. A common load is divided mathematically among the pillars.

        Interestingly, Jesus didn't say,—you will be my Column. There is a difference. In the ancient world, there were both pillars and also decorative columns. But Roman columns were purely for decoration-- Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Tuscan. But they held no weight.

         Columns were beautiful and looked like they were holding something up, but they did not. The one who overcomes will be a pillar—not a column. This speaks to holding up the ministry of the house of the Lord and not just looking good. Jesus reserved His harshest criticism for religious people who just wanted to look good in front of others. He called them religious mask-wearers or hypocrites.

         This promotion by the Lord recognizes the strength of the Lord within a person that has proven true over time through trial. To “promote” means to encourage to flourish or advance in position and rank.

         Move to a position of responsibility and influence. It starts with listening and hearing. [13]  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Do we have an ear to hear? Are we listening?

         Why would we not hear? There are several reasons. We may be listening too much to the noise of the world. It is constant. We may be listening to ideas that sound good but are not connected to the Word of God. We may be drowning in information rather than focusing on Jesus. Now, more than ever, it is a time to tune in and tune-up. It is a time to clear aside the noise and hear what the Spirit says to the churches.


        Father God, give me eyes to see and ears to hear. Give me a heart that is ready for Your Word and ready to respond. Clear aside my preconceptions and prejudices. Make me into the point of support and strength that You want me to be. In Jesus’ Name.


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