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Jesus Knocking at the Door

28 May
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In this, my final study of the church of Laodicea, Jesus told the church that he was standing at the door and knocking (Revelation 3:20). In Revelation 3:8 Jesus mentioned a door was open for the church at Philadelphia, and no man was able to shut that door. The door was authority to preach the Gospel (Acts 14:27; 1Corinthians 16:9; 2Corinthians 2:12; Colossians 4:3). Jesus is that Door (John 10:7). By knocking (Mark 7:7; Luke 11:9) and walking through the Door (John 10:9), we have authority over the world, i.e. to preach the Gospel, and through it to mold the world’s conscience after Kingdom principles. By Jesus walking through our door (our hearts), he has authority over our lives to mold us into the image of himself (the image of God (Hebrews 1:3; Genesis 1:27).

Jesus had just finished telling the church that he intended to rebuke and chastise them in order that they might be zealous for him and repent of trying to serve him through their own strength (Revelation 3:19). Therefore, Jesus’ knock at the door of their hearts announced his presence, probably coming in the form of sickness, trouble or perhaps persecution. Indeed, Jesus’ knocking may have come in the form of the earthquake that devastated Laodicea, cir. 60-62 AD. Jesus expected the church to hear his voice and open the door. That is, to open their hearts to him and leave the comforts of the flesh by trusting in him (cf. Song of Solomon 5:1-16). The response must come from them, if free will was to be maintained.

What Jesus desired was for the church to fellowship in his sufferings. He wanted them to zealously and courageously reach out to become like him in all things. He wanted them to repent of their desire to serve him safely through the flesh—i.e. through their own resources. Jesus said that he would give the overcomer the right to sit with him on his Messianic throne, just as he had overcome and has been sitting with his Father on his throne.

Thus, the Laodiceans were told that they must overcome, just as Jesus had overcome. He is and has always been the model for all believers to imitate. By imitating Jesus, believers are molded into the image of God, because, as man, Jesus was the exact image of the substance of God. Therefore, by imitating Jesus one becomes the image of God (Hebrews 1:3; Genesis 1:27).

Two distinct and different thrones are mentioned in Revelation 3:21. The first was Jesus’ throne, the Messianic throne, while the second is God’s throne. They are not the same. By being invited to sit with Jesus on his throne (i.e. the Messianic or Davidic throne) we are invited to partake of his authority. In other words, Jesus is King over the nations, but they are in a state of rebellion. Nevertheless, as we preach the Gospel, the nations begin to yield their independent and rebellious labors to Jesus. Through the Gospel we exercise our God-given authority over the nations. We bring every thought of man that seeks to exalt itself above God into submission to Christ (2Corinthians 10:5).

Concerning the throne of God, by sitting upon his Father’s throne, Jesus is declared to be God, himself, because God refuses to share his glory with anyone or anything else (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11). He certainly would never permit mere man to sit upon his throne. This is what the rulers of this world seek to do but are unable (cf. Isaiah 14:13-15). Men rule by force, but God changes the hearts of men, and in so doing, men desire to know and imitate him.

It would be wrong for man to sit upon the throne of God, because God’s throne is the heart of man. He rules our hearts, and we govern the world (cf. Genesis 1:26; Psalm 8:4-8). It would be wrong for man to try to rule his own heart or the heart of another man. To do so would effectively be molding himself or the second man’s heart into the image the first man believes it should be. We do not and cannot sit upon the throne of God, yet, as disciples of Jesus, we are invited to share in the authority he exercises from the Messianic throne. We do this by preaching the Gospel and, thereby, directing the hearts of men toward godly behavior and, therefore, toward God.

 

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Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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4 responses to “Jesus Knocking at the Door

  1. jennacar

    May 28, 2019 at 12:14

    Knocking on the door refers to the Hebraic practice of a young man, along with his father, knocking at the door under pre-arrangment between the fathers. He would stand at the door and knock. The young lady in the house would have the option to open the door and basically accept a marriage proposal OR to not open the door to him–in which case son and father went on back home.

    The young lady opening the door meant she was willing to enter into covenant with the young man. They would sit and have bread and wine together (have you heard of this anywhere??) while recounting their family histories and also the plans for their married life (your scriptures do all of that). They would enter into a ketubah–the marriage covenant and now would be considered married, even though their conjugal intimacy would be at another time. The young man so betrothed would go home and “prepare a place” for them to live. They may or might not see one another in the interim, but she was so comport herself as a married woman, rejecting any other suitors. When the time came, the father of the groom would decide when things were ready (knowing not the day or hour!) and would send his son on their best horse to receive his bride with his best men blowing trumpets and gathering the celebrants.

    If all this sounds familiar, it should. It’s precisely what lies ahead of us who have re-entered into marriage covenant with our King.

     
    • Eddie

      May 29, 2019 at 06:25

      Greetings Jenna, and thank you for reading my study and for your beautiful comment. I do have a question, however. What is your source? Given the fact that these things are no longer done today, any story, no matter how beautiful, needs to be supported with a credible witness or authority.

      According to your comment, the “knocking on the door” seems to be the very beginning of the woman’s relationship with the young man. In the context of Revelation 3:20, however, the relationship had begun long before Jesus came knocking on the door of the Laodicean church, or (if not the church as a single entity) its individual participants. Moreover, all the pronouns are masculine, which is an oddity, if your interpretation is true, because the young man “knocking on the door” is seeking a young woman. The pronouns should be in the feminine gender. Should they not? Additionally, the Greek word “tis” (G5100), translated into “any man” (KJV) or “anyone” (NASB) is also masculine, and this also seems to belie your rendering of the Scripture’s meaning.

      I think your story is really beautiful, but it doesn’t seem to fit the context of Revelation 3:14-22. Thank you, again, Jenna, for reading and for your willingness to engage in a friendly discussion. Lord bless you.

       
      • jennacar

        May 29, 2019 at 06:28

        Oh, I must have missed something. Where were your sources again?

         
        • Eddie

          May 29, 2019 at 06:37

          Greetings Jenna. I believe I mentioned my sources in the study. There was an “open door” mentioned for the Church of Philadelphia (Revelation 3:8), which I interpreted as an authority to preach the Gospel (Acts 14:27; 1Corinthians 16:9; 2Corinthians 2:12; Colossians 4:3).

           

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