JESUS IS KNOCKING
- SCRIPTURE READING Revelation
- THE PASSAGE WAS WRITTEN TO CHURCH AT LAODICE (Revelation
- NOTE: 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."
- WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT IN THIS PASSAGE?
- THAT JESUS IS OUTSIDE AND WOULD LIKE TO COME IN.
- Once he was inside.
- He is now outside due to lukewarmness:
a. Christ knows our works and they are neither
hot or cold (Revelation
b. The Lord found them undesirable, They were
neither real zealous (hot) toward him, neither were they
completely removed from
him (that is cold).
c. They wanted to have benefits of both the
physical and spiritual world.
d. Partial obedience has never been acceptable
to the Lord.
- Saul was told to utterly destroy the Amelekites in 1
a. Saul kept Agag alive
Samuel 15:8-9), also the best of the sheep, oxen,
fatlings and lambs.
b. Samuel said in
1 Samuel 15:22 "
Hath the Lord as
great delight in
burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice
of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken
than the fat of
- Ananias and Sapphira in Acts five, could have kept back
part of the price received from a possession they sold.
It was theirs. However, they lied about the amount in
- THE DOOR HAS BEEN CLOSED AND JESUS IS OUTSIDE:
- The door has been closed by man not the Lord.
- Gods love was shown in sending his Son to seek and save
the lost (John
- The door is locked from the inside.
- CHRIST IS SEEKING ADMITTANCE:
- Christ does not use force to enter, but seeks to enter by
permission of the one that has shut the door.
- Christ stands outside. He is not a robber or thief, but
one that cares.
10:1-2 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that
entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth
up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he
that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep."
- Christ knocks. By reminding man of the goodness and severity
- Christ calls out. His voice is one of love, admonition,
warning and promise. 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."
- That to which Christ seeks entrance is the heart:
JESUS IS KNOCKING, contd:
- This is the center for all that man does, it is his physical
4:23 "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for
out of it are the issues of life."
12:35 "A good man out of the good treasure of
the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out
of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."
10:10 "For with the heart man believeth unto
23:7 "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is
he: eat and drink, saith he to thee: but his heart is not
- CHRIST MAKES TWO PROMISES: (Revelation
- "I will come in to him."
- "And sup with him and he with me."
- RECEIVING THESE PROMISES DEPENDS UPON US OPENING THE DOOR.
NOTE: We must remove that which has the door to our heart
- Selfish desires.
- Worldly affairs.
- Sinful nature. Hebrews
12:1-2 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed
about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every
weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us
run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto
Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for joy that
was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and
is setdown at the right hand of the throne of God."
- WILL YOU OPEN YOUR HEART TO THE LORD?
- Pauls prayer about the Ephesians:
3:14-21 "For this cause I bow my knees unto
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family
in heaven and earth is named. That he would grant you, according
to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might
by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your
hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth,
and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of
Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with
all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding
abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the
power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church
by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."
- Opening our hearts to the Lord will bring forth the fulfillment
of more than just the promises in
3:20, but also:
- Comfort your hearts (Colossians
- Establish your hearts (I
- Direct your hearts into love (II
Thessalonians 3:5; James
SONG: "THERES A STRANGER AT THE DOOR"
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