Revelation 3:12 & 13
'Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God.
Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the
city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I
will also write on him my new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says
to the churches.'
Jesus ends the letter to this church with more promises and it is
good to note that, in the whole letter, he did not have anything against this church.
(This church and the one in Smyrna are the only two.) The promise of making them "a
pillar in the temple" is a reminder of the pillars that Solomon had built and named at
the entrance to the temple (see 1 Kings 7). All of the promises in this passage refer to
the relationship between the believer and God as being permanent. The promise here is
that, if we hold on to Jesus and overcome this world, we will be with God forever in the
new world (the new Jerusalem). You hear much talk today about the struggle for Jerusalem
between the Jews, Muslims, and Christians but this passage, as well as others, tells us
that we are not to worry about the Jerusalem of today as God is going to renew and
restore the city in his time. Once again, Jesus ends the letter with a plea for all
people to listen (and to act) to what the Spirit is saying.