I Know Your Works

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. (Rev 3:8)

For the last several weeks the high school class has been in a study of the “seven churches of Asia Minor” as described in Revelation chapters two and three. It has always been interesting to me that out of those seven churches there are three with both good and bad recognized, two with only condemnation, and two with nothing but commendation from the Lord. Statistics usually fascinate me, and those statistics concerning the seven churches listed indicate to me that while there are some congregations which have all praise, and some who have all negativity from the Lord, the majority have things they are doing well, and some things that they may not do so well.

One phrase which is repeated over and over in both chapters two and three is “I know your works”. The phrase is used for every church which is listed. The term “I know” comes from the Greek word “eido”, It is interesting to read how this word is translated other places in the New Testament, for example the word is used in Matthew 9:36 “and when He saw the multitudes” , It is also translated in the form of knew, and saw several times throughout the New Testament.

God is described as  being “all knowing’ and here in Revelation chapters two and three Jesus makes certain that these church “know” that He “sees” their works, and we can rest assured that God is aware of our works. It would be foolish for us to think that the same God who knows the very number of hairs on our head (Matt 10:30) is not aware of the works that we perform for Him and in His name, or the lack there of God literally sees all.  And here we are, two weeks from today we will begin our Homecoming, and Gospel meeting, and we are sure to have many guest who visit us. The question really comes down to this, as letters are sent, and invitations are given, who will be here to join us because of “your works” and “my works”?

John affirms to the church at Philadelphia that “I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it” (Rev 3:8). One thing is certain concerning God, when God opens a door, no man can shut it, and when God closes a door, no man can open it. God sees all, and God knows all, and God has set before us an open door to invite others to hear the Gospel preached in Pell City Alabama each Lords day, but what a great opportunity we have at our homecoming, just two weeks away. Who will you invite?

Ande Z