Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 1, 2021

“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.”

Today’s devotion comes from Revelation 3:20-22.

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.  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.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”  Revelation 3:20-22.


Is salvation determined by man or by God?

Other doctrine believe and teach that man opens the door to salvation by his choice and his alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine believes and teaches that Christ opens the door to salvation by His choice and His will. 

First, so to speak, Christ knocks on the doors to the heart of God’s elect and those doors to the heart of God’s elect are opened. 

“Ask, and it will be given to you;  seek, and you will find;  knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  …  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:7-8 and 11.

Does God only fulfill this promise to His adopted children and not to His only begotten Son?!

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”  John 15:6.

Second, Scripture teaches that Christ’s sheep a/k/a God’s elect hear His voice and follow Him.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;  and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”  John 10:27-29. 

Third, Scripture teaches that opening doors is God’s work.  

“When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.”  Acts:14:27.

“‘I know your deeds.  Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”  Revelation 3:8.

Fourth, Christ Himself is the door to salvation and presents Himself to those whom God elects to salvation.  

“I am the door;  if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”  John 10:9.

Fifth, if no one could open the Book of Life to even just look into it, then why does man think he is worthy and can open the door to salvation by his choice, his alleged free-will, and his strength?!

“And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it.  Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it;  and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping;  behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

And they *sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals;  for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”  Revelation 5:3-5 and 9.


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