While there are many points to be made throughout this study the main point I want us to see is there is a reason Christ is on the outside Knocking.
That whole concept seems strange when you think about. If we are part of the body of Christ doesn’t Christ reside within us? So how come He is shown in Revelation 3:20 standing outside Knocking?
Turn to Revelation 3:14 and lets read the scriptures given to the Church of the Laodiceans by Christ:
To the Church in Laodicea
Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Notice the phraseology that is used in the KJV is different than any other of the Church ERAs. In all the other places it says “the church in Sardis or the Church in Philadelphia. But here it is saying the church of the Laodiceans (plural) Not in Laodicea but of the Laodiceans. Obviously a reference to the scattering of the church during this age.
We see here that this ERA of the church has a lukewarm attitude regarding their works. They are not cold but neither are they hot regarding the works being done. I might suggest here that perhaps the problem is that they are not following Christ in Laodicea as they followed His lead in Philadelphia. But more on that as we go through this.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Here is where Christ is telling us Why they have this lukewarm attitude toward the work they are doing. “Because” they say they are rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing. Because they think they need nothing they have become completely unaware of their true condition. (miserable. poor,blind and naked)
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
We will touch on some of this as we go through the study
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Here is the key that Christ is telling them they must do to recover themselves. Repent and become truly Zealous again.
Rev 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.
Here we see Christ standing outside and knocing, He wants those of us who can hear to get up and open the door so He can come in and eat with us. Christ wants to feed us personally but we have to open the door to allow that to happen.
Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
So lets see if we can determine how this situation came about and what it relates to.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT WHAT CHRIST IS DOING IN LAODICEA AS OPPOSED TO PHILADELPHIA?
Lets read what it says about what Christ did in the Philadelphian ERA of the church.
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