Savior and Lord

Sometimes a beloved verse is lifted out of context and used in a way that it was not originally intended.  That may be what has happened in our understanding of Revelation 3:20.

I.  At The Door:  Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

This well known verse is often used to support the practice of inviting Jesus into our heart.  In this view, the door that Jesus knocks on is the door to our heart.  It is a way of understanding our salvation experience, the means by which we are born again.  Christ comes into our hearts and we are never the same.  Christ knocks, it is up to us to let Him in.  Christ has the initiative.  We must respond.

II.  Examine Your Works:  Revelation 3:15-16

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

Here are the verses that introduce the concept of the lukewarm Christian.  We are not meant to be lukewarm, we are meant to be on fire for Christ.  One thing about fires is that they are always changing.  They are either building up, or burning down.  If we want the fire to build up, we must add fuel to the fire.  If we want our relationship with Christ to burn brightly we must spend time in the Word, in prayer, in fellowship, and in service.

III.  Blinded:  Revelation 3:17-18

Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Many people are blinded to the true nature of their spiritual reality.  May our eyes be opened to our condition.  May we be changed by the ongoing work of the Spirit in our lives.  May we be clothed in the righteousness of Christ and transformed by His Spirit.  May we may truly become the children of God.

IV.  Growth:  Revelation 3:19

 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

God loves us.  He does not leave us in the condition that He found us. He challenges us to be the people that we are meant to be.  He rebukes, and corrects us as needed.  We are to listen to His voice and change our ways.   This is the context of verse 20 quoted above.  It is not in the context of initial salvation, but rather in the context of the rebuke of sin in the life of a believer. Jesus is our savior and lord. He saves us and directs our lives.

V.  Overcomes:  Revelation 3:21

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

If the Spirit of Christ is dwelling in our hearts, we will be changed.  In Christ, we are more than conquerors.  It is not our strength, but His strength which enables us to overcome the sin that would seek to drag us down.

If we have a new life in Christ, then we should live for Christ.

These are the sermon notes from9/20/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.   

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