Quoting from a transcript of a sermon by John MacArthur:
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[/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]Christ says, "Him ... will I make a pillar in the temple of My God ...." You say, "What is that?"
1. ANCIENT TEMPLES
Whenever a great aristocrat, senator, educator, or any other famous or noble man in the ancient world had done a great deed, and the people of a city wanted to memorialize him, they would erect a pillar with his name carved on it in one of their temples. Thus his name was memorialized as a constant reminder of him and his deeds. Throughout the ancient world, there were pillars in the temples of pagan gods with the names of men who had been deserving of honor.
2. GOD'S TEMPLE
In the eternal temple of God, every one of God's children will have his own pillar with his own name carved on it. There will be one for each of us. We will be memorialized for all eternity because we belong to Jesus Christ. That's exciting! So Christ says, "I'm going to make a pillar for you in the temple of God. If you think it's something to have a pillar in the temple of some pagan god, then you haven't seen anything!"
B. A Secure Eternity
In Revelation 3:12 Christ also says, "... he shall go no more out ...." That was a significant statement to the people who lived in Philadelphia. They spent their lives getting out of town: An earthquake would start and they would run out of the city; the earthquake would stop and they would come back. Afterwards they would rebuild, but another earthquake would come, and the cycle would repeat itself. So when Christ says that they would not have to go out anymore, they understood His message. They lived in constant insecurity and fear. But Christ says, "You're secure; there is no need for fear. When you go into My house and My city, you don't have to go out any more." What a promise!
(excerpted from sermon by John MacArthur)[/quote]
The entire sermon, "The Faithful Church," can be found athttp://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/sg1443.htm