1. Exposition

What are the saints in Philadelphia to do while they await Jesus' return?

Revelation 3:11 (ESV)

11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

The Lord tells them to “hold fast what you have.” It is striking to note that Jesus does not emphasize their responsibility to persevere in the face of tribulation (for Jesus has already promised to “keep” them through the hour of trial, Revelation 3:10). Instead, he emphasizes their responsibility not to let go what they have received.