Jesus Christ empowers His body, the church, to follow the dictates of His heart. For this reason, churches must not be lukewarm in their dedication to Christ (Revelation 3:15-16). Christ must therefore dwell in the midst of His people by the power of His Holy Spirit.
The promises in this regard are very great and often repeated. “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people” (Leviticus 26:12 and 2 Corinthians 6:16). “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Imagine Christ standing outside a church knocking to gain entrance. Would this be an oxymoron? Perhaps this is the picture given in Revelation 3:20? It is a statement to a church. “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.”
Christ may be at the door of the church for blessing or judgment. The apostle James gives us the latter picture. “Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door” (James 5:9).
God grant us churches with doors open to Christ, indwelt by Christ, rich in His blessing, and full of His power.
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