Revelation 3 verse 20

 

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 will sup with him, and he with me.
 

This  is the most abused verse in the Bible. Jesus does not beg at the hearts of sinners. His appearance is very different from that of the effeminate men or is it hippie? shown in most illustrations accompanying this verse.

His appearance is described in Rev 1:12-18; 19:11-16.

 

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Luke 8 verses 4 to 15

Luke 8:4  And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

5  A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
 
9  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
 
10  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
 
Notice that the parable does not speak of anyone losing his salvation. The parable does indicate that there are those who seem to be saved but are actually not saved. These are pictured in verse 13. 

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Psalm 67 verses 1 and 2

Psalms 67:1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
2  That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

So many of us, so often in this gimme generation, want God to be merciful to us, bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us.

And we stop there.

Not the psalmist.

The purpose he envisages for the blessing on ourselves is that His way may be known upon earth ... among all nations.

Think about that for a moment.

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Saint

Most of us do not go around calling each other "saints". But this term is used in more than 25 passages (besides the greetings and closings of Paul's letters). The word "saint" is related to the word "sanctified", not just in English, but also in Greek and Hebrew. Therefore being a saint is related to being holy. When Paul, Luke and others use this term, the focus of meaning is on the saint's special relationship with God, which is an aspect of what holiness means.

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Believer

The New Testament refers to "believers", "the believers", and "them that believe". These expressions carry the distinct but overlapping meanings of membership of the community of believers, and also connotes the type of belief that results in this membership. Note that it can and does happen that there are "little ones" that believe. (See Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42)

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Who Is a Christian?

 The word "Christian" occurs thrice in the Bible:

Acts 11:26  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Acts 26:28  Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

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Featured Page

The Featured Page draws attention to a page which I consider has a strong bearing on what's going on in the world at that time, or not related to current events, but what I believe the Lord is saying to some visitors (I trust that such Pages would be seen by those individuals as God's prophetic word to them in their current  life situation ). Each Featured Page will carry  in front the date when the given page was "featured".

 

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