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Revelation 3:20


20 Behold, [idou] I stand [histemi] at [epi] the door, [thura] and [kai] knock: [krouo] if [ean] any man [tis] hear [akouo] my [mou] voice, [phone] and [kai] open [anoigo] the door, [thura] I will come in [eiserchomai] to [pros] him, [autos] and [kai] will sup [deipneo] with [meta] him, [autos] and [kai] he [autos] with [meta] me. [emou]    KJV-Interlinear

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 will dine with him, and he with Me.    NASB

Verses 18, 19, 20, and 21 all come together to form a picture of the spiritual life.Verse 18 shows the vast blessings that are available.  Verse 19 requires you to change your attitude.  Verse 20 calls for you to confess and live in a state of fellowship. And verse 21, calls for believers to overcome, or advance to spiritual maturity.

The word for dine, ‘deipneo,’ means to have supper, or to sup, it is a reference to the last meal of the day, the evening meal, Luke 17:8; 22:20; 1 Cor 11:25.

Sharing a meal is in reference to fellowship, communion, and intimacy between people. Sharing a meal symbolizes the union of people having fellowship with one another.

Christians will dine with Christ in the ultimate dinner, or marriage supper of the Lamb, and in the Millennial Kingdom, Rev. 19:9, Luke 22:16, 29-30.

Remember that these letters to the Churches, are letters to Christians, not to unbelievers.  This dining request is one from Christ, the written word, to believers who have not been listening, namely the Laodicean church who has gone into a state of apostasy and apathy toward Christ.

And therefore being out of fellowship in their spiritual life, refusing to confess their sins in order to get back into fellowship, Christ (the word), is knocking loudly.

Knocking, ‘krouo,’ in this instance is a pounding on the door, in order to wake up the inhabitants who have fallen asleep.The pounding is necessary in order to get their attention.  This is also a warning knock, for impending discipline, in case they do not answer the door and let Christ (the word) back into their life.

In other words, to restart their spiritual life (studying, learning, using, growing, etc.).

Christ knocks.   Warning discipline.  If you ignore it, then the discipline will intensify to your disadvantage.If you respond to the warning, confession, then the next portion of the passage occurs.

Christ, the Word of God, will dine with you.  You are in effect accepted at the dining table with God.You are in fellowship and acceptable to God.You are clean.You have your dress whites on for the interaction with Christ.

The food, Bible doctrine, is available to you for your consumption and eventual metabolization within your soul.You are in the presence with God and have access to His divine power for your protection, for your sustenance, for your security, for your spiritual growth, for your souls health, etc.

Christ interacts with you, and you with Him.  This is the place of residence where you should live your life.Inside Gods sphere of power.In fellowship with God.

And remember too, that this is not an emotional experience in your life.Your will not feel any rush of any type.No seizures.No bouncing off the walls or floor.No unintelligible nonsense noises coming from your throat.None of this weird voices, or Holy Ghost, or tongues stuff.

The pounding on the door, is the world around you, which speaks of God, Christ, creation, life after death and so forth, in order to get your attention (or the attention of the out of fellowship believer).

Life in eternity when one is prepared, is a far better life than life in eternity when one is not prepared.

Life with God is a far better life, than life without God.Having fellowship with God is far better than fellowship with the world.

Life with blessing is far better than life with discipline.


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