Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
We are living in an age where knowledge is increasing and life is being lived in an increasingly rapid rate.
Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Aren’t we told to grow in grace and knowledge?
What does it mean to hold fast anyway?
The Greek Definition of the word translated “hold fast”
2a) to become master of, to obtain
2b) to take hold of
2c) to take hold of, take, seize
2c1) to lay hands on one in order to get him into one’s power
3) to hold
3a) to hold in the hand
3b) to hold fast, i.e. not discard or let go
3b1) to keep carefully and faithfully
3c) to continue to hold, to retain
Part of Speech: verb
The word is not a condition as in a noun but rather it is an action word a verb, the intent here is to actively grab hold and master something. We are to hold fast by continuing to master those things we were given, so that we won’t lose them by the deceitful use of vain words by men.
Col_2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
God does not record things in the Bible lightly, if it is there then there must be a reason for it.
Part of the “hold Fast” command is to not only cling to it but to actively master it. Growing in Grace and knowledge means more than just adding “new” doctrines it also means mastering the ones we have so no one can take them from us.
The Philadelphian ERA of the church is specifically warned that they must “hold fast” to what they have been given or they may lose their crown.
Think about it. This ERA of the church received so much of God’s truth that had been lost or buried throughout the centuries.
We understand God’s plan for mankind. We see the relationship that God has with mankind and what the future holds for it.
The plan of Salvation has been made clear to us and how Christ’s sacrifice and the Laws of God work together.
We understand about the Spring Harvest of Firstfruits and the huge Fall Harvest at the Great White Throne judgment.
One of the really great things we had as Philadelphians was a tremendous zeal as a people to do the work that God and Christ had laid out for us.
Laodicea has lost that zeal it seems. But what else are we in danger of losing?
Way back in the 70s there was a song by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition called “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”
It was basically a drug culture song but it sure seems to fit what we see in our church groups today.
According to scripture, we don’t seem to be aware of what condition our condition is in.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
We are in danger of losing so much of what we have been given because doctrines that we are told to hold fast to are being changed throughout our church groups.
They are being attacked from within.
Who is God, Who is Jesus, who is the God of the old testament, how do we calculate the Holy Calendar, what is Jesus name is there power in the pronunciation of it?
When is the Sabbath? When does a day really start? Is there REALLY a place of safety? When is the Passover? How often do we celebrate it?
When are you really born again? Is there something more to the open door that Christ did for Philadelphia?
And “the beat goes on”……………..
So when God says to Philadelphia to Hold Fast to what they had been given He meant it. He foresaw what was coming, the attack on that unique set of doctrines that had been brought back to the light.
Those doctrines fit together into a very cohesive package, they all fit together perfectly, you start messing with one and then it becomes easier to change others.
So I remind you all. Follow Christ’s warnings and commands as He tells us, no commands us to: “hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”
We can lose our crowns if we do not hold fast. Why let a man take that from you? That crown is your position in the Kingdom of God. Do you really want to allow someone else to cause you to lose the job that Christ has set up for you in the Kingdom?
And that is the best of the meanings of losing your crown. The worst is, of course, failing to make it into the Kingdom at all and thereby losing your opportunity for eternal life.
It’s not worth it brethren.