Recognizing the Marvel – Reviving the Wonder

We live in a time where big screens, big crowds and big feats performed by man seem to get the most attention. I hope this series helps cut through the big noise of the modern church and reaches the heart of the body of Christ so that we as individuals and as a corporate body of believers seek and find revival.

The series is a follow up to the articles on Experiencing Revival, which can be found here and here.

Next is the first entry in the series:

Marvel at Who’s Behind the Door…

Introduction

Have you ever missed someone knocking on your door? Whether because you didn’t hear it, were too busy, or just intentionally ignored it, how would you feel if you discovered that you missed out on something special at the door?

One of the strongest calls to revival to the church is given by Jesus in His revelation delivered to the Apostle John through supernatural vision:

Revelation 3:19-20 (KJV)
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
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.

It’s long been my opinion and interpretation of Scripture that if we knew Christ better, we would live differently and most certainly seek revival. After the last of Jesus’ messages to the seven churches, specifically to the lukewarm church of Laodicea, He reminds us of several things that provide evidence that supports this opinion (Revelation 3:19):

  1. He loves the church – this should be beyond any doubt, but Christ Himself expressed it in Word again to ensure we understood – He reminds the church of His love for us, a love so strong and without condition that He willingly died to demonstrate His love.
  2. He rebukes and chastens the church – in the midst of our indifference and rebellious heart, Christ rebukes the church with His Word and Spirit.
  3. He desires for the church to be zealous – in many ways, this relates directly to revival: be energetic, passionate, devoted, committed, dedicated, intense and even fanatical in some ways – crazy in love with Christ!
  4. He calls the church to repentance – that is, the church needs to have the same opinion of sin as Christ and be willing to turn from that sin and return to Christ, recognize who He is: the supreme focus of our first love.

Immediately after this call to repentance, Jesus issues a declaration that is shocking, especially considering that He is speaking to the church: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door…” This statement should haunt believers who dwell in the body of Christ, yet often don’t hear Him when He speaks and even more often don’t respond. I’ve come to the conclusion that the door doesn’t get opened because we as a church don’t recognize WHO is behind the door.

With this passage in mind, I’ll begin to explore that person knocking at the door of revival – Jesus. Rather than ask the question, “Who is He?”… I’ll marvel at WHO HE IS!

I plan to examine this in four parts:

  1. The Immediate Revelation of Jesus from the three chapters leading up to the startling passage from Revelation 3:19-20
  2. The Old and New Testament Revelation of Jesus through apostolic testimony and prophecy
  3. The Personal Revelation of Jesus from His own testimony in the gospels
  4. The Finished Revelation of Jesus from the final passages of the Bible in Revelation 4 through22

You can read Part 1: The Immediate Revelation of Jesus here.

 

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