Brief Notes

He Will Only
Open to Us Then
If We Open
to Him Today

10 July 2024

To feast with the Lord when
He returns, we must be those
who heed His invitation
to feast with Him today

In His word to the church in Laodicea, which is found in the book of Revelation, the Lord says,

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

This is quite an amazing picture the Holy Spirit has given us, but no doubt, it is the real situation of so much of Christianity today: the Lord is standing outside the door of the church, for He is not allowed inside! Nonetheless, He in His mercy still calls out to the degraded church in the hope that, if the church as a whole will not open to Him, at least some individuals within it will. And His promise is to feast together with those who do open to Him.

In addition to feasting with the Lord today, however, there is also the feast with Him that will take place when He returns.

This is spoken of in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, which relates to the judgments on the believers at the end of this age (cf. 2 Cor. 5:10). According to this parable, those believers who are ready will go in with the Lord as the Bridegroom to the wedding feast, and the door will be shut (Matt. 25:10). However, those who are not ready, the “foolish virgins” who in this day had no heart to follow Christ, will call out and ask the Lord to open to them and let them in also:

And afterwards the rest of the virgins also came, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us!”
— Matthew 25:11; cf. 7:21-23

But the Lord will reply to them,

“Truly I say unto you, I do not know you.”
Matthew 25:12

These believers do not suffer the eternal damnation of the lost, but rather, are denied entry to the wedding feast. They are suffering the fate the Apostle Paul himself knew he had to struggle so hard to avoid, namely, the loss of the reward to be given in the next age, the Millennium, to those believers who are faithful to Christ in this age (1 Cor. 9:24-27).

In brief, these foolish believers would not open to the Lord when He called out to them today, and so He, in turn, will not open to them when they call out to Him in that day.

Lord, grant us Your mercy to be those who are fully open to You and to Your calling today!

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