What did Christ mean by His words, “I stand at the door and knock”?

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I stand at the door 

In the book of Revelation, Christ said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). Christ never tires of offering His presence and blessings to all who will accept Him. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

By His love, through His word, and through His dealings with men, Christ knocks at the door of their hearts. “You yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately” (Luke 12:36; Matthew 25:1–12; James 5:9).

God does not randomly make men His sons; He empowers them to become such if they so choose. So, He awaits every person’s decision. Choice, is the door to a man’s heart. The verse in Revelation 3:20 may also be understood as referring to Christ standing at the door of the human life and history, ready to enter in and bless His people with His presence. Not only Christ offers His presence but He offers to feast with those that invite Him in now and later also at the great marriage supper of the Lamb that takes place at the end of the world (Revelation 19:9; Luke 14:15, 16). 

Christ shares our experiences

Christ said, “I stand at the door and knock” for He promises to share our experiences and invites us to share His. “…He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14–17; Galatians 2:20). 

Christ entered the realm of death—Satan’s stronghold—and took from Satan his prey. When he thought he had Christ in his power, when the tomb was sealed and Christ locked in, Satan rejoiced. But Christ rose from the bonds of death and walked out of the grave. And after His victory, Christ “sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19 also Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1; 12:2).

Thus, the overcomer will share in the glory and power of Christ, even as Christ shares in the glory and power of His Father. Christ assured His followers saying, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Only on the basis of Christ’s victory can people hope to triumph. 

How can the believer abide in Christ?

Here are some guiltiness on how to abide in Christ:   

1-Study the Scriptures daily. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness“ (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible alone is man’s manual for salvation. Peter wrote, “We . . . have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). And David wrote, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). 

2-“Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The connection with Heaven should not be cut (Luke 18:1). Jesus, our example, prayed many times all through the night (Luke 6:12; Matthew 26:36–44). Paul labored “night and day” (1 Thessalonians 2:9); he also prayed “night and day” (1 Thessalonians 3:10). So, it should be with us.

3-Trust in the Lord: “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2). We can fully trust Jesus Christ because He gave up His life to save us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). 

4-Wittness to the Lord. Jesus commissioned His disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mathew 28:19). And the Bible affirms, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). 

 In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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