Alan Clark (20 Oct 2011)
"Authentic Faith"

 

Authentic Faith

  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.



In the Book of Revelation, Jesus addresses two churches in the last days that are in direct contrast to one another: the church of Philadelphia and the church of Laodicea. The church of Philadelphia is a church coming back to life, a church that is going through the door of opportunity.

On the other hand, the church of Laodicea is a church that is arrogant and full of itself. It has gotten so far away from the teachings of the Bible that Jesus Christ himself is on the outside, trying to get in.

It is to the church of Laodicea that Jesus made his very well-known statement: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me" (Revelation 3:20). These words were given to a church—can you imagine such a thing?

This serves as a reminder that a person may attend church and think he or she is a Christian but actually is not.

Are you ready for the Lord's return? It's closer than it has ever been before. Have you put your faith in Jesus Christ?

As predicted by the prophets, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He lived a perfect life. And then He went to the cross and died for our sin, meeting the righteous demands of God. He absorbed the full wrath of God in our place. Then He rose again from the dead. Jesus stands at the door of our lives, and He knocks. He says that if we will hear His voice and open the door, He will come in.

So make sure your faith is real. Because you can't live off the faith of someone else.

Greg Laurie