Blog Post – Frequently Abused Verse: On Whose Door Is Christ Knocking?

Unleashing God’s Truth, One Verse at a Time  Are You Getting the Most Out of God’s Word? Frequently Abused Verse: On Whose Door Is Christ Knocking? by Jeremiah Johnson
Is it really “abuse” if a verse is used inaccurately to make an important point? The  short answer is, “Yes.” We should not be so careless and cavalier with Scripture or think so highly of ourselves, that we can impose new meaning—even if it is valid—on the inerrant, sufficient Word of God. If the point is worth making, it’s worth making from the appropriate text. Which brings us to the verse before us today: Revelation 3:20 is certainly one of the most familiar and frequently-quoted verses in the church. It’s a particular favorite for evangelists, camp preachers, and anyone else who wants to lend some urgency to the call of God on a sinner’s life“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). In the hands of many preachers and evangelists, the verse paints an attractive, compelling picture of Christ’s pursuit of the sinner, and highlights the need for an immediate response.

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