I stand at the Door and Knock - Revelation chapter 3 verse 20 - JS Gillespie 

Apathy, indifference, compromise and luke warmness can be far graver dangers to us spiritually than outright opposition to or rejection of Jesus. We may incorrectly think that sitting on the fence is a safe option for us. It is not. It is the most dangerous of all the options. A cold heart can be warmed up and set on fire by the Spirit of God, a soul set alight by the Spirit of God is the Fathers desire for the followers of His Son Jesus. Mediocracy or lukewarmness is obnoxious to God. 

The people of Laodicea in Revelation chapter 3 appear to have fallen into this trap as a consequence of their failure to truly appreciate just how important and how special Jesus is. This letter to Laodicea begins by reminding us of just who Jesus is and why He is so important. 

Jesus is the creator of the universe (verse 14)

Jesus is the God of heaven; the "Amen" (verse 14)

Jesus will be our judge (verses 15 & 16)

There is no way of avoiding Jesus! We all must deal with Him one day!

Against that background of who Jesus is we are surprised to find Him where we find Him in Revelation chapter 3 verse 20; standing patiently at the door. This is not the door of heaven which John has told us about in John chapter 10, rather this is the door of our heart. He stands lovingly and patiently, offering new life (verse 18), salvation and a living relationship with the God of heaven!

How tragic it would be to miss Him!

Dr J Stewart Gillespie

Yours by God's Grace in Christ 

Text from the message:

So, it's nice to see everyone. 
That's out this afternoon. 
Thanks for coming and if you have your bibles. 
Why don't we turn to a book called The Book of Revelation I want to 
look at chapter three. I've been looking over the past few Sundays 
when we've been speaking on a 
Sunday at some of these verses that we have called great  gospel verses. When I was a 
boy the preacher often came with single verse that summarised or encapsulate the message of 
the Bible in a nutshell that is Great Gospel verses, we've been looking 
at some of them through the New Testament in particular and one or two in 
the old as well course and I want to turn to one that was often preached 
here  it is in this book of revelation Chapter 3 and 
verse 20 but we will read the whole little section. 
It begins in best number 14, revelation Chapter 3 and verse 
Number 14 
It says, and to the Angel of the church of the Laodiceans write these 
things says the amen the faithful and true witness the beginning of the 
creation of god. 
I know your Works they are neither cold nor hot, I would that  they were cold or 
hot, so then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot 
I will vomit you out of my mouth because you said I am rich and increased with 
goods and you have need of nothing. 
and you know not that you are wretched, miserable poor blind the naked 
I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire that you may be rich and white clothes that 
you may be clothed and that the  shame of your nakedness does not appear and 
anoint your eyes with eye ointment  that you may see. As many as I love. 
I rebuke and chasten, be zealous  therefore and repent. 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 eat with him and he with me 
verse 20 again, behold I stand at the door and knock if any man hear my voice and 
open the door. 
I will come to him and eat with him and he with me. 
To him that overcomes will I 
grant to sit with me in my throne even as I also overcome and I am 
sat down with my father in his throne. He who has an ear let him hear 
what the spirit says to the churches. We do look to God to bless 
his word to us at this afternoon. 
So this is a letter that's been written to a church and I'm just going to 
pluck one verse out of it and apply it. There's a way of looking at this verse that I 
think is really not just relevant for this church but for every single person. 
I want to take you a little further than New Cumnock tonight 
I want to take you to one of the hill tops of Turkey an interesting place, of you have ever been to Turkey! 
Not far From Laodicea there is a place you. 
can still visit, is called Hierapolis if you were to go to Turkey you 
can buy a ticket still for Hierapolis, Hierapolis is still popular. 
It's still a good place to go because it has hot water springs and 
people find still find that very useful and you have a bath and you can enjoy the 
hot water and down at the bottom of this hill that Laodicea is sitting on, 
are the same rivers that flow and people still use those 
rivers for drinking from those rivers, but there was an 
in-between, place, a place that we have read about here called Laodicea and 
it was in between Hierapolis with ait's nice warm. 
Springs where you could go for a spa and he was in between the cold water that you could 
drink and it had  a water supply all of it's own. About 20-years ago it was excavated by some 
Turkish archaeologists who opened the water pipes and they found 
it was all silted up 
it was all blocked up, the water coming in to Laodicea 
was lukewarm and for this place of Laodicea with it's lukewarm water 
supply the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of heaven, has no use. 
It's neither 
nice and warm for a spa nor is it cold enough to drink, it is just 
somewhere in-between.. I think there is a lesson in that for everyone 
I think  that sometimes in the world that we live in and certainly 
in the day that this letter was written in 
We think it's safe to sit in the fence. 
We can can be alright with things but we are not going to be 100 percent committed either way 
we are not really hot about something. 
I'm not going to really cold about it, we are not going to be against the Lord Jesus Christ 
we are not going to be cold and hard and bitter. 
We're not going to say that the Lord Jesus doesn't matter or the Bible is just fiction we are not going to be cold about it 
neither are we going to be hot we are not going to be 100percent committed will not going to take up 
the challenge the Lord Jesus Christ gave his disciples; that whosoever shall come after 
me let him deny himself take up his cross and follow me 
we're not going to take our life as the Apostle 
Paul spoke about in the book of Romans and present our body upon the altar to 
God; take your body and present as a living sacrifice Paul says to 
the Romans in chapter number 12. We are not going to go to that extrene. 
Tell you what we will sit in the middle 
and if you're in that kind of a situation like Laodicea then 
revelation Chapter 3 is a bit of a e wake-up call, for God doesn't have any use 
for being lukewarm He doesn't have any use for sitting on the fence, he wants 
complete commitment to the lord Jesus in fact. 
There's something very strange that took me years to work out exactly 
what it meant. 
In verse number 16 we read: so then because you're look warm and neither 
cold or hot 
I will vomit you out of my mouth. It seems to be the Lord Jesus Christ is saying 
that I would prefer that you were either cold or hot I would rather that you were 
against me than be lukewarm about me. 
why say to someone that I would rather that you didn't like me than be lukewarm about me 
the reason is very simple, if you take someone who is just cold and uninterested and and maybe has never 
had any experience of the good news of Jesus Christ sometimes 
It's easier to do something with him rather than someone who thinks that he knows it all 
and who is sitting on the fence. 
It's easier to warm something up, but it is very hard  to make something of 
someone that is just lukewarm 
The challenge comes to the people sitting on the fence, don't be 
inoffensive don't be lukewarm. This is a challenge of revelation chapter 
number 3, don't sit in that  place where you don't really fully commit to the lord Jesus 
to these people the Lord Jesus speaks and we read this great gospel verse 
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 eat with him and he with me. The Lord  Jesus Christ 
offers a  living relationship with himself something infinitely far better 
than being lukewarm. I think there was a reason that they 
really had not fully committed and fully trusted the Lord Jesus Christ the 
reason you have got at the beginning of this section. 
They didn't really appreciate who Jesus Christ was. 
I was speaking to someone just a few days ago and he was quite happy. 
I think he was really happy to acknowledge the truth of the Bible in many ways but he was 
Islamic and he was happy to 
tell me that Jesus is a prophet, that He a great prophet, But He is much more than a prophet 
To these people in Laodicea, Jesus tells them who He actually is, verse number 14, these things says the amen 
the faithful and true witness the beginning of the creation of God.  Let me 
remind you that as we are thinking about Jesus we are not 
Just thinking about a great prophet although 
He was a great prophet and not just thinking about a great moral teacher for our lives 
although He is that, let me remind you that we are thinking about the creator of the Universe here. 
In verse number 14 
He is the beginning of, or the origin of the creation of God that is 
That was made was made by the Lord Jesus, John tells us that elsewhere 
in his gospel in John Chapter 1 "in the beginning 
was the word and the word was with 
God and the word was God everything that was made it was made by Him"  If you were to go over to the book of Colossians 
the Apostle Paul in Colossians and chapter number one tells us something 
quite startling about the structure and nature of the universe, this is quite mind blowing in many ways 
if you have a pocket calculator to work out the dimension of  Colossians 1, this really stretches your pocket calculator 
get a glimpse of the greatness of who Jesus is,  the Apostle Paul's take on the 
greatness of the lord Jesus 
In Colossians chapter  1 verse number 15; He is the  image of the invisible god the firstborn 
of every creature, that means He has a place and position and  entitlement so 
he's at the head in a sense of every creature. Verse 16 for in him. 
Were all things created that are in heaven and earth visible and 
invisible whether they be Thrones or dominions  or principalities or powers 
all things were created by him and for him. 
Now that's the structure  of the Universe that you and I live in about 20 years ago, 
someone wrote a book A Brief History of Time it was a very 
interesting book and in it. 
there were some tacit confessions that scientists made and one of them was 
that they could tell us nothing about the boundary conditions of the 
universe in other words all the we know about the world is what we can 
see and what we don't know we don't see, we know nothing about it 
We can only describe the universe so far as it is seen by us, out with it 
We don't know anything about it Colossians chapter 1 verse 16 fills in the blanks here. 
So beyond those 100000 million stars in the night sky and 100000 
million galaxies that we know of beyond that is something and Colossians 
chapter 1 verse 16 says "but in him. 
We're all things created" that is everything that is in the universe  and you and I can know of 
is within the person of Jesus Christ such is the vastness of 
the god of Heaven that He  encapsulates all of His creation within Jesus 
He is greater than it all, He is out with it all and he creates not only in him but 
by the Lord Jesus Christ verse 16 and for Him. So get a grasp of the the greatness grandeur and the glory of the universe we are in 
glory of the universe we are in there is an infinite amount of  power and energy out there 
an unbelievable amount  of power, Einstein worked out the equation many years ago E = MC squared, that being true 
if you take up a cube of sugar and you to turn it into Pure energy, 
so just a cube of sugar would destroy the earth,  the universe is absolutely 
jam packed with an unbelievable amount of energy and power all of this 
comes from Jesus Christ, get a grasp of the greatness and grandeur of Jesus, He is bog. Revelation 3 : and to the Angel of the church of 
the Laodiceans write these things says 
the amen, the amen, I suspect like myself you are fluent in Hebrew at least 
two words you know in Hebrew 
I'm sure you know two words: hallelujah and Amen, if you ever travel abroad 
on holiday and you got you go to a church and 
You don't understand anything. 
There's always two words you can understand be it in Greece or Cyprus 
or Spain or even Turkey you can pick up Hallelujah and Amen, Usually we have Amen at the end of a prayer but here it is a title, what does that mean 
again if you have your Bible maybe you could turn back into the 
Book of Isaiah the Book of Isaiah chapter number 65 
chapter number 65 and verse number 16 speaking about God: "that he who blesses himself in 
the earth showed bless himself in the god of truth and He that swears on the earth 
shall swear by the god of truth because the former troubles 
are forgotten and because they are hid from my eyes, does that sound familiar? No it doesn't! Let me give 
a translation quickly for you in Hebrew at least one word in Hebrew 
That he who blesses Himself show bless Himself in the God of Amen 
Amen is a title of God, bring that knowledge with you now from the Book of Isaiah 
and stick it to revelation chapter 3 verse number 14, these things 
sayeth the Amen, in other words when we are talking 
about the Lord Jesus Christ, 
the god of the Universe, the greatness and the glory and the grandeur of the Lord Jesus 
I know that we often think of Jesus Christ as the meek and lowly and I know that we often think of him as the man 
upon the cross and he is indeed and I know that we often think of Him as having 
been beaten whipped and spat upon and tortured for our sins and He was but also remember his greatness 
We are speaking about God, there's no getting away from Him,  there's no 
there's no avoiding Him and in fact one day revelation Chapter 3 
tells us we're going to meet Him in another special way, if you go down 
there to verse 15 of Revelation 3 "I know your  works that you are neither cold or hot 
I would that you were cold or hot so then because you are lukewarm 
and neither cold nor hot I will vomit you out of my mouth, in other words He is going to judge them. 
Jesus Christ that this book is all about was there at the very 
beginning! He is the creator God,  Jesus Christ that this book speaks about 
He is going to be there at the very end, He is the judge God has 
appointed all judgement to Jesus Christ, you just cannot avoid Him, He was there making you in a sense and He will be there 
judging me in a sense and what revelation Chapter three is saying to this group of 
people listen your kind of your kind of in-between. 
You're not fully committed to Him,  listen you can not avoid Him, everything 
that you have you owe to Him and one day you are going to meet Him so let's 
get real about him don't sit on the fence about him, that's not going to do, we want something better than that 
Here is the great offer of the Lord Jesus here 
Do you remember that He is creator? 
Do you remember that He is judge? 
Let me introduce you to something even more glorious 
than that he is creator and judge revelation 3:20 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 I will eat with with me and He with me" 
"let him buy of me gold tried in the furnace that you may be rich and 
white clothes that the shame of your nakedness do not appear 
We get a glimpse not only of Jesus Christ as the Creator and as the judge 
but we get this wonderful picture of the 
Jesus Christ as the Saviour, Jesus Christ is able to forgive since 
Jesus Christ is able to put us in something clean and white that's 
what that picture language of verse 18 is about, and they've got this contamination 
of sin He is able to put this new white cloth on them, He  is able to to make them new 
and fresh and he's able to bring them into a living relationship 
with himself, open the door and I will  come in there in verse  20 and I'll 
eat with you 
Jesus is going to have a living relationship with men and women 
He is the saviour. 
He is able to bring us into that relationship with the God of 
heaven is he is able to deal with the problem that will keep Us apart from God 
Maybe you have already identified the problem here. It's pretty obvious isn't it, verse 20, I stand at the door and knock. 
It is pretty obvious that the door is shut. 
There's a strange thing that John wrote the book of 
revelation and he wrote another 4 books in the New 
Testament including John's Gospel and it is interesting  that the door appears quite often in 
John's writings, go back into John Chapter number 10 the Lord Jesus 
Christ speaks of Himself as a door to heaven, I am the door by me if any man enter in 
he shall be saved, but we have a different door here that John 
speaks about, it is not so much the door 
That is the Lord Jesus but the door 
That is your heart,  my heart. 
This a different door not the door that is Lord Jesus the door that is there for you 
and I to enter into heaven is open in a sense I am the door come by me 
Jesus gives the invitation to you in John chapter 10, I'm opening  the door for you, there is nothing stopping you, I am the door, by me if any man enter in he shall be saved 
It's open you can go in, here is the tragedy of the second door here in revelation 
Chapter three it is closed and it is my door, it is your door and look at the Grace great Grace 
loving Grace and kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ as he stands at the door, He who is 
the creator of my life and the judge of all men standing 
patiently at the door. Have you had a delivery from Amazon or DPD or any of these things people? 
They don't stand very long do they? But here is the God of the universe. 
I stand at the door. 
and knock if anyone hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to 
him and will eat with him and he with me, the God of the universe, see he ought really to 
be my judge, for I know something about the problem that these Laodiceans had I can look 
inside my head, I can look in my heart and I can see  I am lukewarm 
and maybe I can  look at my life and I can see something that needs cleaning 
Verse 18 speaks about that something that needs cleaned up and 
really he ought to be my Judge but here's the tremendous glory of the 
grace of God the grace of Jesus the one who ought to be our judge 
extends his hand and his arm of Grace and kindness and He invites us to open our hearts and to invite Him in to 
have a living relationship with the god of heaven and you can do that 
of course because 
Yes, you can do that because of of what he has done for you. Way at the 
beginning of the book of revelation one of the greatest pictures or 
We have of the  lord Jesus is the Lord Jesus Christ as the Lamb on the throne 
in revelations 4 and 5 He is a lamb because he's the one who has given 
himself in sacrifice for sinners, He the lamb because his blood has been shed as a 
sacrifice because he has been to Calvary, to the cross, He has paid the price for sinners and 
taken the judgement upon himself He is the one that is able says the word of 
God to save forever all that come to God  him because He ever lives I wonder if you 
know him? Revelation chapter 3. 
I think is a great challenge it so easy at times to become familiar with 
with who He is 
Revelation 3 is looking for commitment, 100% commitment, God  has no use at all 
for folks in the side lines 
He wants those that are willing to take up their 
cross and follow him. 
He wants those who live for him and those who want to enjoy that 
living relationship with the one that made them. What a Saviour 
Let us pray, our Father we do come into your presence this afternoon. 
We thank you for the Lord Jesus we thank your Father for a god of 
infinite Grace. 
We remember our Father who He is  that he is the creator of this universe and we remember 
that he will be the judge of the world and how wonderful it is to get a glimpse of 
that  one who one day we'll sit upon the throne of judgement the 
one father who has hung upon the cross and a father and we thank thee for his 
loving kindness and His grace. 
He has been 
very patient with us over many years and 
standing at the door and sometimes our father we can almost hear that knock 
we can hear the voice of conscience sometimes our father. 
we hear His knock  in the circumstances of life 
as we Face the great disappointment and bitterness of our life 
We feel  the god of Heaven knocking our father at times when we open the  word 
of God and we read afresh the  verses of scripture. 
We we read them and again father we can hear at times 
Jesus knocking,  sometimes father in the preaching of the word of 
God we can hear that again, His voice knocking 
How tragic it would be for thy Son to knock and we never really open that door 
and we keep Him out and  we pray our father that our heart and our lives would be 
open to him. 
We would know and trust him that we would enjoy that living 
relationship with with you our father and we give thanks for all that has been done that. 
We might indeed. 
Enjoy such.


"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 sup with him and he with me." Revelation chapter 3 verse 20 - a message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie at Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock