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My name is Don Wood, I am a Full Gospel Licensed and ordained minister.
I attend Lighthouse of the Word Full Gospel church.
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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Seven Things the Word of God Is Able to Do...
1. Make wise unto salvation (2Tim. 3:15; Rom. 1:16; Jas. 1:21).
2. Produce faith (2Tim. 3:15; Rom. 10:17).
3. Make Jesus Christ known (2Tim. 3:15; Jn. 5:39; 1Cor. 15:1-8).
4. Build up (Acts 20:32).
5. Give inheritance (Acts 20:32).
6. Produce profit in doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2Tim. 3:16).
7. Make the man of God perfect (2Tim. 3:17).
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.
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.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Notes For Verse 20
(a) [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] The 11th New Testament prophecy in Revelation (Rev. 3:20-21; Rev. 3:20 is being fulfilled daily; Rev. 3:21 is unfulfilled). Next, Rev. 4:1.
(b) [I stand at the door, and knock] Threefold invitation of Christ to man:
1. I stand at the door and knock.
2. If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him.
3. I will sup with Him.
(c) [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] Threefold condition of Christ's invitation:
1. If any man hears
2. If any man opens the door
3. If any man is willing to sup with Me
Notes For Verse 21
(a) [overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne]
Eighteen Blessings to the Overcomer
1. The tree of life (Rev. 2:7)
2. The crown of life (Rev. 2:10; Rev. 3:11)
3. Escape the second death or lake of fire (Rev. 2:11; Rev. 20:14)
4. The hidden manna (Rev. 2:17)
5. A white stone and a new name (Rev. 2:17)
6. Part in the rapture (Rev. 2:25; Rev. 3:11; 1Th. 4:16; Phil. 3:21; Col. 3:4; 1Cor. 15:23, 51-58)
7. Power over the nations (Rev. 2:26-27)
8. Complete defeat of rebels (Rev. 2:27)
9. The Morning Star (Rev. 2:28)
10. Walk with Christ in white (Rev. 3:4-5)
11. Name eternally in the book of life (Rev. 3:5; Rev. 22:18-19)
12. Confession of name before God (Rev. 3:5)
13. A pillar in God's temple (Rev. 3:12)
14. Eternal abiding with God (Rev. 3:12)
15. God's name upon him (Rev. 3:12)
16. Name of the New Jerusalem upon him (Rev. 3:12)
17. New name of Christ upon him (Rev. 3:12)
18. Eternal throne and kingdom (Rev. 3:21; Rev. 1:6; Rev. 5:10; Rev. 11:15; Rev. 22:4-5)
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 [Rev. 3:20].
This is a picture of the Lord Jesus at the heart's door of the sinner. It is a glorious picture. The English artist, Holman Hunt, attempted to put this concept on canvas. He pictured Christ standing at a door. When he first painted the picture, he invited his artist friends to criticize. One of them said to him, "Holman, you have left off a very important part of the door. You left off the handle of the door." Hunt replied, "This door is a picture of the human heart, and the handle of the door is on the inside." This is the picture of Christ we have in Revelation. He stands at the door and knocks. He will not crash the door. Regardless of what some extremists say on this matter of election, the Lord Jesus has moved heaven and hell to get to the door of your heart, but when He gets there, He will stop and knock. You will have to open the door to let Him in.
"I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." This speaks of fellowship, of feeding on the Word of God, and of coming to know Jesus Christ better.
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. 3:21].
Again, I call attention to the fact that when the Lord Jesus speaks of His relationship with the Father, He always makes it unique. He says, "My Father." He said, ". . . I ascend unto my Father . . ." (John 20:17, italics mine) -- not our Father -- because the relationship is always different with Him.
The Lord Jesus is preparing us for the next scene that will be coming up when He says, "and am set down with my Father in his throne." This is the picture that we are going to see in the chapters which follow.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches [Rev. 3:22].
This is a special message from the Lord Jesus to all the churches for which you need the blood-tipped ear to hear. This is the reason that you and I must be very careful in our study of the Word of God, that we not run ahead of the Spirit of God, but that we let Him be our teacher. If you have a blood-tipped ear, He wants you to hear what He has to say. Only the Spirit of God can make the Word of God real to you.
This concludes the messages to these seven churches. These are "the things which are," and they have been very important. I have spent a lot of time with these seven churches because they relate to the period in which we live and to our crowd. If we are a member of His church, we are also a member of His body, a part of that great company, beginning with the Day of Pentecost and coming down to the present hour, who have trusted the Lord Jesus as their Savior.
We have seen these seven churches blocked off into very definite periods of time, and they are largely fulfilled. I believe that we are in the period of the last two churches. As we have said before, there is a bifurcation in the organized, visible church today. There is that church, represented by the Laodicean church, which is moving farther and farther into the apostasy, and there is also that church which is staying by the Word of God, the church represented by the Philadelphian church. This is the church which will be raptured. The other church has a tremendous organization, including all the denominations, all those which profess to be Christian churches but which have long since departed from the Word of God and from the person of Christ. This is the division that exists in the church. One church will be raptured; the other will go into the Great Tribulation period.
There has been a message for each of these churches. Personally, I enjoy going through these messages since I have now made several trips to the churches in Turkey, that is, Asia Minor. I have visited the ruins of all seven of these churches at least twice and some of them as many as four or five times. As we have come to each church, I can see the ruins before my eyes, and I can visualize the local situation. The Lord Jesus spoke to that local situation, and He was also blocking off all of church history because these are seven representative churches which cover the complete period of the church while it is here on the earth. And there is also a message in each of these for you and for me today.
To the church at Ephesus, there was a warning given that is also for us today. It was a warning of the danger of getting away from the best love, that is, getting away from a personal and loving relationship with Jesus Christ. The real test of any believer, especially those who are attempting to serve Him, is not your little method or mode or system or your dedication or any of the things that are so often emphasized today. The one question is: Do you love Him? Do you love the Lord Jesus? When you love Him, you will be in a right relationship with Him, but when you begin to depart from the person of Christ, it will finally lead to lukewarmness. The apostate church was guilty of lukewarmness. It may not seem to be too bad, but it is the worst condition that anyone can be in. A great preacher in upper New York state said: "Twenty lukewarm Christians hurt the cause of Christ more than one blatant atheist." A lukewarm church is a disgrace to Christ.
The Lord Jesus told the church in Smyrna not to fear suffering. Believe me, that is one thing that we in the church are frightened of today. We do not want to pay a price for serving the Lord Jesus, and yet that is His method.
To the church in Pergamum He said, "But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam. . . . So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate" (Rev. 2:14-15). There is a grave danger in wrong doctrine today, and that was the thing that was wrong in the church in Pergamum.
To the church in Thyatira He said, "Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols" (Rev. 2:20). The "new morality" is a grave danger for many today. Some folk think they can accept Christ and then live on a low plane. You will not get by with it, my friend, if you are His child.
In the church in Sardis, the Protestant church, there was the danger of spiritual deadness. He said, "I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead" (v. 1). What about your church, brother? Is it alive? Are you alive? Or are you dead in a dead church today? Many folk are in that condition, and yet they talk about holding the historic doctrines of the faith. But, my friend, the glaring defect in Protestantism today is deadness. And that is the worst thing of all.
The church in Philadelphia was not in any grave danger. The Lord Jesus does not condemn that church at all, but He does say, "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown" (v. 11). What was it they had? He had commended them because they had kept His Word, We, too, need to be careful about this. As I look back now over the years of my ministry, I see men who started out true to the faith, many of them much stronger men than I was, men who defended the Word of God in a way that I did not in those early days, but they have now departed from the faith. I am amazed at that, but that is a grave danger even in the church in Philadelphia today. Nothing should deter us at all from keeping His Word.
To the church in Laodicea the Lord Jesus said, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (v. 16). This is the apostate church which professes to be Christian but lacks reality. But even to this church He issues a final call to repentance and an invitation to come to Himself.
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