Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Are You Listening?

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come into him and sup with him, and he with Me.”

To answer the call of Christ in this Laodicean Age, requires not an answer of words, but an answer of a life open to, and receptive to Him.

What is sup in this verse?

It means fellowship, which is the reaction of a love relationship. The Creator having fellowship with His creature.

We forget that God is God.

At the head of this church letter, He calls Himself the Amen.

And He is the only one who can say Amen, or “so let it be”, to any plan, or suggestion, or purpose.

Then He calls Himself the Faithful and True Witness.

He is Faithful, never letting the Purpose for which we were created, out of His sight.

And therefore, He truly tells us how we are, so that we can,…if we will,….bring ourselves to Him, so we can be made what He wants us to be.

He is a faithful and true witness to His church, as how they are.

Then He is The beginning of the creation of God.

When God thought of creating the earth, and mankind; Christ, as the Man Christ Jesus, was His first thought.

For He knew the world, by Adam’s sin, would be lost without providing a Savior.

So, before anything was created; God the Father, and God the Son entered into the Everlasting Covenant. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

God promised Christ that if He would come, and die on the cross as the Perfect Man, then He would raise Him up from death, and give Him a people which would love and obey Him.

Christ Jesus tells us here; what we are…lukewarm, and about to be vomited out of Him; so we will be without His sustaining.

He also tells us how we are…we are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

All of these things speak of a people, who are not letting Christ make them into what He has planned for them…….

They think they are, but He says they are not.

Then He gives us very good advice.

Revelation 3:18 “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”

In Psalms the Lord tells us that His counsel will stand. We can count on it , because we can count on Him. That He gives us the best counsel for our situation.

Psalms 33:11-12 “The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.”

He tells us that the best advice for the strengthening of our Christian lives,….is buy of Me.

We are not to buy salvation, no. But we are to buy the things He has already purchased for us, for our Spiritual Health.

You may ask, Why do we buy, if He has already purchased them for us?

We buy them…..of Him. Again, we are not buying Salvation….that is a free gift for all who will come to Christ as Lord and Savior. Once He is our Savior, we are to come to Him in faith receiving all He has for us.

But if we refuse?

They are set aside, till we….”Wake up”; and want them.

Often, since we have refused them before; He will prove how much we want them; and this is when He requires that we “buy them”.

We buy them by Obedience to what He says. If we will Obey Him in these things, we prove that we really want His Will and gifts.

We buy of Him the things that we have refused to use before.

Has He not offered the grace to grow and the power to do? Yet we have often prayed for these things,…..but did not like the way they came.

“Sorry, Lord, I’m going to refuse this gift, for now, because I don’t like the people I have to work with; no, no, I just couldn’t do it now”

This is often the way we treat Jesus.

That is why He says we are: “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked……not clothed with the righteous acts whereby we manifest His Light to the world.

So He says, Buy of Me.

“If you finally are willing to Obey Me as your Lord, and Savior; buy these things that I have for you by obedience to My Will.

Get them, and I will manifest Myself unto you in a special way, for you have finally opened your life to Me, as you should.”

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”

This is Fellowship with the Almighty Christ.

He knocks, and speaks to your heart.

Are you listening?

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