Behold I Stand At The Door And Knock, Part I
"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
Jesus is knocking at the door of His own blood bought church and after giving each of the seven churches of Asia a diagnosis of their spiritual condition, He ends up locked out of His own house! The modern day church has made this scripture into an invitation to salvation, but Jesus is not speaking to individuals in the context of the chapter, He is speaking to the last days church of Laodicea!
It is a sad testimony to be locked out of your own church especially after the shedding of your own blood to wash away the sins of a backslidden lukewarm, rich and apathetic assembly of people who could care less about what you have done for them! So it is today, people are unconcerned for the welfare of the poor and needy and the down and out because they simply don't want them in their assemblies and the lost can go on to Hell because they deserve what they get for their actions.
Imagine Jesus coming to your church on Sunday, what would He see, would He be welcomed or shunned because He is definitely different than the rest of us? What would He think of our attitude towards God, our Starbucks coffee and our unconcern for holiness and respect for His word? Would He be asked to preach, probably not, seeing that He is not properly dressed and the elders haven't checked out His doctrine yet, and after all, He is not a member. Sound absurd that the King of all kings, Savior, Master and Lord can't come into His own assembly, but oh so true! Like the pastor who was recently called to take over an affluent church, he dressed like a street person and came in only to be totally ignored and rejected, and refused when he asked for money. When the elders called for the new pastor to come up to the platform, the congregation gasped when they saw who he was and I am sure many were brought under deep conviction of their ungodly attitude towards him.
"He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me, rejects Him who sent Me." Luke 10:16
COLD OR HOT?
"I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." Revelation 3:15,16
The lukewarm works of the modern day church sicken the Lord to the point of making Him vomit, the warm curdled gospel of grace without repentance, the baptism of membership rather than death to self and the communion of convenience, drinking the cup of devils! Lets face it, there is nothing good about being lukewarm, we are either on fire for Jesus or the obvious of most denominations, becoming the frozen chosen!
There is only one way to please the Lord Jesus and that is to sell out, repent of all known sin, take up your cross, (a cruel instrument of death) and follow the Lord wherever He leads. There is no gospel of just believe and be saved without making Him Lord and losing all for Him that can deliver your soul from eternal damnation but repent therefore and be converted! No conversion, no salvation, no repentance, no forgiveness, no forgiveness, no deliverance, no deliverance, no salvation!
Hell is not a place that is lukewarm, it is a violent white hot display of God's anger and wrath upon a people who refuse to repent of the sins that His Son died for, a place of perpetual judgment and mourning, a place of no-return, a hopeless environment of suffering and torment forever! Hell is reserved for all who have rejected the Lord Jesus and have trampled underfoot the blood that was shed to set them free from sin!
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice (the blood of Jesus) for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment and fiery indignation (Hell) which will devour the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26,27
IS JESUS ALLOWED IN YOUR CHURCH?
"Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: "The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them." Matthew 11:4,5
John the baptist was in prison and had heard about the works of Christ so he sent two of his disciples to ask Him if He was the Coming Messiah or should they look for another. Jesus answered them with the above mentioned scripture that the power of God was being manifested through Him, thus proving Him to be the expected One.
What about your assembly, are the works of Christ visible or just talked about, are the poor, the crippled and lame healed or sent away in the same condition they came in, are blind eyes opened, deaf ears hearing, dead folks raised and is the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to the poor? If not, I would doubt Jesus is in your church, oh He may reside in a few sold-out disciples, but true disciples are few and far between in our consumer driven, all about me, lukewarm assemblies, filled with thrill seekers and lost church members.
The main reason for the absence of the Holy Spirit in churches in America is the absence of true gospel preaching that brings about godly sorrow over sin and brings about repentance leading to true conversion. No running down the isle to pray a little prayer and jump headlong into the water trough not having a clue what you just did, but a realization that you are in a desperate state of busting Hell wide open because of your sin and in need of the Savior's grace and mercy to truly save your soul from damnation! I suggest you take a hard look at your spiritual condition and ask yourself an even harder question, is Christ in me, are His works visible in me, has my life changed, has my heart been broken over my sin and most importantly, am I sold-out for Jesus or just another lukewarm church member on my way to Hell? Your eternal destination depends on the decision you make to follow Jesus with all of your heart!
"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38