3:14-22: The message written to the church in
whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore 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 will dine with him, and he with Me. 21`He who
overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also
overcame 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.'" Revelation
According to Revelation 3:19, Jesus told the Christians at the church in Laodicea
that he was rebuking and chastening them because of His love for them.
In verses 19-20, Jesus tells them to be zealous and to repent, and
that He will stand at the door and knock and that any man who hears His voice
and opens, Jesus will come inside to dine with him.
Looking at this letter to the congregation in Laodicea in context (considering who it is written to and
the purpose), what is the significance of Jesus standing at the door and
knocking in Revelation 3:20?
Jesus is speaking to non-Christians about letting Him into their lives.
Jesus is speaking to angels who He wants to have dinner with.
Jesus is speaking to the Christians in the congregation at Laodicea who He is rebuking and
chastening...asking them to be zealous and to repent of the bad things they are
doing. He is waiting to forgive them...waiting for them to hear His voice
and open the door.