Revelation 3:20

20 Behold, I stand at the door and 1knock. 2If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, 3I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

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Revelation 3:20 Meaning and Commentary

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock
The phrase of standing at the door may be expressive of the near approach, or sudden coming of Christ to judgment, see ( James 5:9 ) ; and his knocking may signify the notice that will be given of it, by some of the immediate forerunners and signs of his coming; which yet will be observed but by a few, such a general sleepiness will have seized all professors of religion; and particularly may intend the midnight cry, which will, in its issue, rouse them all:

if any man hear my voice;
in the appearances of things and providences in the world:

and open the door;
or show a readiness for the coming of Christ, look and wait for it, and be like such that will receive him with a welcome:

I will come unto him, and sup with him, and he with me;
to and among these will Christ appear when he comes in person; and these being like wise virgins, ready, having his grace in their hearts, and his righteousness upon them, he will take them at once into the marriage chamber, and shut the door upon the rest; when they shall enjoy a thousand years communion with him in person here on earth; when the Lamb on the throne will feed them with the fruit of the tree of life, and lead them to fountains of living water, and his tabernacle shall be among them.

Revelation 3:20 In-Context

18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

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Cross References 3

  • 1. [Song of Songs 5:2]
  • 2. Luke 12:36
  • 3. John 14:23; [Luke 24:29, 30]
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