'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.Revelation 3:20(NASB)
Many use this verse as an evangelism verse for the unsaved but in reality, like all the seven letters in the book of Revelation, this is a warning to the Church of Christ – saved believers who are part of His body and bride. This is a verse is written to the one that has already been justified – make righteous through believing on that the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died on the cross as their own sin substitute –for His death paid the price for all sin.
The promise of God is that everyone that is justified will unquestionably be glorified when the Lord Jesus comes in the clouds to receive His body and bride unto Himself - and take all believers home to His Father’s mansions in heaven. Justification is a past action – which happened at the point that we were saved. And glorification is future – at the point when we are taken to heaven. Both are promised to the person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ – But what of sanctification – which is the process of living in this world now.
Sanctification means that the holy Spirit carries out a life-long work in the one that is justified, in order to conform us into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus – but believers actually have a choice in the sanctification process – which is only one aspect of salvation. We can yield to the Holy Spirit doing a work in our new, born again life, that we received at rebirth – OR we can resist the work that the Holy Spirit desires to do in our new life and continue to live a carnal type of life under the power of the old sin nature – the old life that still fights for supremacy…
Jesus loves us so much that He died for our sin and gave us a new life that He longs will be conformed into His image and likeness – but many believers, like the Laodicean believers, are lukewarm in the life they live for the Lord and are disinterested in the things of God. They choose to live a carnal life that excludes the Spirits work in their life but in His great love for all His children the Lord continues to plead with every one of His born-again children, to yield to the call of his voice and live godly in Christ Jesus - Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.
One day all believers will be taken to be with the Lord Jesus whether of not they submitted to the Spirit in their lives – should we not harkens to the call of our Lord, Who died so that we might live in newness of life - submitted to His Spirit
Loving Father, I know that my heart is not as fervently in love with you as it should be—thank You for Your grace and long-suffering patience with me. I confess I have quenched the Spirit in my life with my indifferent attitude and I want to change and live in submission to You… come into my heart today Lord Jesus and fellowship with me – for in You is the fullness of joy, I pray in Jesus name, AMEN.