Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK by Tuese Ahkiong

BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK by Tuese Ahkiong

Revelation 3:20 is one of the most misused verses in Scripture.  It is often used in unbiblical alter calls where non-believers are told that Christ is knocking at the DOOR of their heart and needs them to open it because He can’t force His way in because He is a gentleman.  LOL.  Plus, when you see the painting, there is no DOORknob on Christ’s side.  It can only be opened from the inside.  –Where the heck do they get this?  They get it from their imagination.
Hello, who does Scripture say opens hearts?
Acts 16:14  One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. THE LORD OPENED HER HEART to pay attention to what was said by Paul.

What does the Lord say about the heart of man:
Mark 7:20-23  And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit,sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

REVELATION 3
“And to the angel of THE CHURCH IN SARDIS write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.
“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. IF YOU WILL NOT WAKE UP, I WILL COME LIKE A THIEF, AND YOU WILL NOT KNOW AT WHAT HOUR I WILL COME AGAINST YOU. Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
“And to the angel of THE CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
“‘I know your works. Behold, I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU AN OPEN DOOR, WHICH NO ONE IS ABLE TO SHUT. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I WILL KEEP YOU FROM THE HOUR OF TRIAL THAT IS COMING ON THE WHOLE WORLD, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 I AM COMING SOON. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
14“And to the angel of THE CHURCH IN LAODICEA write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.
15 “‘I know your works: YOU ARE NEITHER COLD NOR HOT. Would that you were EITHER COLD OR HOT! 16 So, BECAUSE YOU ARE LUKEWARM, AND NEITHER HOT NOR COLD, I WILL SPIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 THOSE WHOM I LOVE, I REPROVE AND DISCIPLINE, so be zealous and REPENT. 20 BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK. IF ANYONE HEARS MY VOICE AND OPENS THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM AND EAT WITH HIM, AND HE WITH ME. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and behold, A DOOR STANDING OPEN IN HEAVEN! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”


**Verses 14-22 are about Christ admonishing The CHURCH in Laodicea to be either hot or cold for Him.  Those who are part of THE CHURCH in general are believers, not unbelievers.  Therefore, this passage cannot be about Christ knocking on unbelievers’ hearts.  It’s about The Church of Laodicea repenting from being lukewarm.  Christ tells them that because He loves them, He will reprove and discipline them.   Opening the door to Christ is repenting and being on hot fire for Christ.  This leads them to greater, deeper fellowship and communion with Christ.  Coming in to a person who repents and eating with him suggests the unity of the communion table.


Luke 12:35-37  “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, SO THAT THEY MAY OPEN THE DOOR TO HIM AT ONCE WHEN HE COMES AND KNOCKS. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.

**Christ was instructing His disciples to be prepared for His imminent return in that (this) generation, 70 A.D.  


James 5:7-9 Be patient, therefore, brothers, UNTIL THE COMING OF THE LORD. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD IS AT HAND. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; BEHOLD, THE JUDGE IS STANDING AT THE DOOR.

**Christ was The Judge standing at the door and His coming was at hand.



THERE ARE SEVERAL PASSAGES THAT SPEAK OF BEING PREPARED IN THEIR WAIT FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD WAS AT HAND:

  • 1 Corinthians 1:7  so that you are not lacking in any gift, AS YOU WAIT FOR THE REVEALING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
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  • 1 Thessalonians 1:10  AND TO WAIT FOR HIS SON FROM HEAVEN, 
  • whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from THE WRATH TO COME.
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  • Titus 2:13  WAITING FOR OUR BLESSED HOPE, THE APPEARING OF THE GLORY OF OUR GREAT GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST,
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  • Jude 1:21  keep yourselves in the love of God, WAITING FOR THE MERCY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST that leads to eternal life.
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  • 2 Peter 3:12  WAITING FOR AND HASTENING THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!

  • Luke 2:25  Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, WAITING FOR THE CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
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  • Luke 2:38  And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were WAITING FOR THE REDEMPTION OF JERUSALEM.
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  • Luke 12:36  and BE LIKE MEN WHO ARE WAITING FOR THEIR MASTER TO COME HOME FROM THE WEDDING FEAST, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.
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  • Hebrews 9:28  so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, NOT TO DEAL WITH SIN BUT TO SAVE THOSE WHO ARE EAGERLY WAITING FOR HIM.
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  • 2 Peter 3:12  WAITING FOR AND HASTENING THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
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  • 2 Peter 3:13  But according to his promise WE ARE WAITING FOR NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH IN WHICH RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS.
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  • Jude 1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, WAITING FOR THE MERCY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST that leads to eternal life.

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