‘knock… knock… who’s there?’

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 

Most believers have seen this picture of ‘Christ Knocking At The Door’.   A common interpretation of the picture, is that it is an analogy of Christ standing and knocking on the door of the unbeliever’s heart. In that sense of the gospel this is true. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. And this gospel if readily available to all who come unto Him, none will be cast out.

A careful examination of the door, reveals there is no door handle on the outside, thus requiring the sinner to open the door from the inside. This is true in that Christ does not force Himself upon us, the door must be opened of ones on free will.

There is another picture in the scriptures where Christ is knocking on a door. The text is found in Revelation 3:13-25 reference vs.20. The odd thing about this picture in Revelation is that Christ is knocking on the door of a church, the Church in Laodicia. Now the scriptures teach us that Christ is “the head of the body, the church” (Col.1: 18). Why would the head of the church be standing outside the church desiring to get in? To help us understand the picture it would help us to consider the spiritual condition of the church. 

The spiritual climate of the church was lukewarm, which indicates they lacked commitment and had no testimony. Probably more interested in what Jesus could do for them, than what Jesus would have them do for Him. In fact, if it were not for their name being listed on the membership role in this church you would probably not know they were Christians.

Now I want to make it perfectly clear that a name on a church role does not make one a Christian.  This church had no testimony in the world in which they resided. The light of this church had lost the ability to illuminate in a world of darkness and their salt had lost it’s savour so it  not fit for seasoning… Matthew 5: 13-16 literally this church had no witness.

Their lack of spiritual discernment is evident in that The Word of God was not highly esteemed; hence they were blind and could not see afar off 2 Peter 1:9. They thought they had need of nothing, not realizing everything that they had was worth nothing. In order for the church to indulge in all their fleshly possessions, they had to remove The Word of God which left Christ standing outside and the church members comfortably residing inside… spiritually fat, dumb and happy.

So what does this mean for us my friend? Have you opened the door of your heart so that Christ can enter and be your salvation? “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. Romans 10: 11; 13

As His child, how important is His Word and could you live everyday and never consider it? The scriptures warns “that the time will come when they (the church) will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts they shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables” (novelty and untruth) 2 Timothy 4: 3-4. Have we set aside the Word of God that we might satisfy the lust of our flesh, that we might enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season? Hebrews 11: 25

It really matters not which scenario is applicable, if we will hear His voice and open the door, He will come in a sup with us.

Would you consider this Christ- Yeshua ha Massiach

malachi

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