In continuing our search for the “Keys to the Kingdom” that are given to a remnant among His people, it’s vital that we understand which group they’re given to. Not everyone has the keys. Prophetically, the Father divides His people up into seven assemblies that are detailed in the beginning of the book of Revelation. If you look carefully at each church, you will find that the Philadelphia church in chapter three stands out as having two characteristics that none of the other churches have. Let’s take a look.
In the last post we talked about how, according to 1 Corinthians 12, the Spirit only gives His gifts to spiritual “idiots,” those who choose to learn only from Him. Unfortunately, we are so programmed to think of “learning” with our physical minds that we will completely miss what He is saying. He is not saying that you cannot learn from preachers, teachers, personal study, books, etc…that learning is good, too. But that learning is all on the works/obedience side of the coin. On that side of the coin, we learn ABOUT spiritual things that we can apply to our lives. On the Spirit/faith side of the coin, we “learn” and “absorb” directly from the Spirit, the “spirituals.” In the text, the word “gifts” does not exist. So technically, verse 1 says, “Brothers, about the spirituals, I don’t want you to be ignorant.” On the Spirit side of the coin, we don’t learn ABOUT spiritual things, we LEARN spiritual things. And there is a big difference.