Revelation 3:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 3:8, NIV: "I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name."

Revelation 3:8, ESV: "“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name."

Revelation 3:8, KJV: "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name."

Revelation 3:8, NASB: "‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have followed My word, and have not denied My name."

Revelation 3:8, NLT: "'I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me."

Revelation 3:8, CSB: "I know your works. Look, I have placed before you an open door that no one can close because you have but little power; yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name."

What does Revelation 3:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As the embodiment of truth, Jesus offers an accurate, unbiased assessment of the Church at Philadelphia's works. He had opened a door of opportunity before the church. No one possessed the strength to close it. He describes the church as having only a little power, but it has used that power to good effect. It had kept Jesus' word, likely His commands that His apostles had passed down to believers, and it had remained loyal to Him.

Obeying the Word and staying loyal to Jesus ought to be significant features of any church. Opposition to Jesus and His word are fierce and insidious, but they cannot overcome a church that obeys Jesus and is loyal to Him. The apostle John cites love for God and obeying His commandments as evidence of belonging to God's family (1 John 5:1–2). He encourages believers by assuring them that "He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world" (1 John 4:4).