(20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
In the context of our verse for this morning, we see that the Lord is offering to individual saved members of the local assembly renewed intimate fellowship with Him. This can be had if the member willingly accepts His warnings, repents of their sin, welcomes His renewed fellowship, and do what they can to correct the sinful situation in the assembly.
Folks our Lord desires a close relationship with His people. Stop and think about it. Gaining and retaining a close relationship with His people is why the Lord saves us, instructs us, warns us, and chastens us. It is why He so graciously gave us guidelines for living our lives on earth. It is why He has prepared a place for us to dwell eternally. These and many other blessings come our way because our Lord desires His people to love and commune with Him.
Sin separates us from God. Even though God’s people are eternally secure in Christ, with their eternal destiny made sure based upon the work of Christ on the cross, their relationship with their Heavenly Father can be hindered through the commission of sin. It is much like a disobedient child whose relationship with his parents is hindered while yet retaining his family membership.
This is probably the greatest danger of sin being allowed to dwell in a Christian’s life… it ruptures our communion with our Lord, replacing our peace with guilt, our assurance with doubt, and our familiarity with alienation. We feel alone, miserable, ashamed and worthless. This is the result of willful sin dwelling in the life of the Christian.
So what is the Christian to do? The Book of 1 John was written to members of God’s family. A portion of its text is dedicated to instructing Christians on how to deal with acts of willful disobedience to their Lord…
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
(1 John 1:8-10 KJV)
Basically, this text gives us these keys to dealing with sin in our lives…
- Recognize the sin – Take the time to honestly examine our lives in the light of God’s Word
- Admit the sin – Once we see the sin, we must own it and accept our responsibility for it
- Confess the sin – We are to say the same thing about our sin as God says about our sin. We must say that it is what it is, filthy rotten sin that only pollutes us and our relationship with the Lord. We must say it has no place in our life, turn our desires from it and submit ourselves to our Lord by ridding it from our lives through His gracious intervention.
Is the Lord knocking on the door of our heart wanting communion to be renewed? Do we feel the urging of the Holy Spirit to deal with a sin that resides with us? Is the chastening hand of the Lord upon us, attempting to persuade us to forsake the sin that we are knowingly harboring?
May we all deal with sin appropriately, realizing that our fellowship with the Lord is at stake!
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation: