To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. (Revelation 3:7)
There is much beauty in the Words of Jesus as He addresses His beloved children who worship Him on Earth. I love Jesus’ description of Himself in this opening of the letter to Philadelphia.
Jesus is Holy. Jesus is Holy God, and as such, He cannot commune with sinners. We are sinners. But by His grace, love, and personal sacrifice, we can be made righteous so that we can enjoy a perfect relationship with Him.
Jesus is True. Religion is a powerful motivater. However it can also be a dangerous motivater, because it is full of lies, which inevitably lead worshippers to commit horrible acts in God’s name. But true religion produces wonderful results. True religion must be based on the person of Jesus Christ, because He is the Way, the Truth, and The Life (John 14:6).
Jesus holds the key of David. This means that Jesus is royalty, and that He has authority. God will ultimately give Him authority to rule over the entire Earth (Revelation 2:27).
What He opens no one can shut. Jesus has the ultimate authority to open the gates of heaven. No one can stop Jesus from allowing anyone into heaven. Even the pope, though he walks around with much pomp and ceremony, can do nothing to shut the gates of heaven to those whom Jesus has opened it up to. Come, believe in Him and repent of your sins today. No one can stop you, if you accept the grace and love that Jesus freely offers to the whole world.
What He shuts no one can open. This phrase is scary. If Jesus shuts you out from the doors of heaven, there is no one who can open them for you: no family member, no priest, not even the pope. Your name being said at mass won’t help either. Therefore, do not become Jesus enemy; for that is a fearful thing to be. Rather come to Him now, before He closes the door, for when He does, you will have no hope for eternity.