The Christian Faith
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Episode #92:
The Seven
Churches (8):

29 May 2024

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Among the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, it is the church in Philadelphia that fulfills the Lord’s desire. But, why did the Lord, under His sovereignty, name this city so that the church there would be “the church in Philadelphia,” and not “the church in Agape?” In other words, why is this church called “the church of brotherly love,” rather than, “the church of divine love?” (That’s what the Greek words mean, respectively.) We might expect that, since the divine love is so much richer and higher than brotherly love, it should be the church in Agape that fulfills the Lord’s desire, not the church in Philadelphia.

But in fact, in our experience, the divine love can only grow and develop within us in the environment of brotherly love (2 Peter 1:7). And that is why it is the church in Philadelphia that fulfills the Lord’s desire, for this becomes real to us only as we love the brothers and sacrifice ourselves for their sake in the practical church life, as seen in Philadelphia.

Length: 16 minutes



Watchman Nee
The Orthodoxy of the Church

E.H. Broadbent
The Pilgrim Church


Revelation 2-3: The Lord’s word to the seven churches.
Revelation 3:7-13: The Lord’s word to the church in Philadelphia.
2 Peter 1:5-8: Growing in the divine virtues into the divine love.
1 John 3:14, 4:7-8, 11, 12, 16, 20-21: The practicality of the divine love.

Recorded in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, 28 May 2024