Seven Churches of Asia: conclusion-2

“…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 (v.20)”
This is an intimate supper for two and it shall be known only between the one who has received him and he who has called from without. In this context consider this verse “so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel(Matt.22:30-NIV). In short there is a public banquet and another between the Risen Christ in glory and any overcomer who desire it. Christian Living begins while we are yet in body and abiding in Christ must necessarily mean this intimacy.Without which no Christian can be said to be kept by the power of God.
What keeps a Christian stand the heat of worldly temptations or neglect of those who look askance at his new found priorities? The hidden manna he has had in his intimate day to day conviviality with his Savior Lord made these pinpricks and hurts pale in comparison. His prayer-life is vibrant and in the manner his wants are met adds to his faith life. Pruning by the Husbandman he can appreciate in the abundance of fruits he is able to bring forth.The difference he can show with the one dimensional Christians is in his abiding life and fruits he can bring forth to nourish himself and those who are in need.
“To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne(v.21)”
Throne can be understood in literal sense and also figuratively. ‘Heaven is my throne’ denotes the second meaning. Kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God are interchangeable in general sense but when the Risen Christ tells us that he is’set down in his throne’ it should remind his promises, one which is “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also (Jn.14:3)” There is another””Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom(Lk.12:32-NIV)”.From these verses we can understand that the public banquet be for overcomers as priests and kings. This is the glory of the Son in which overcomers shall have part. Consider the verse in which the apostles have their place. “They may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’
There shall come a stage “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all(! Co.15:24-28).
The names,- new name and names written on the white stone, indicate position of overcomer each after his fashion in the guest-list and only Christ in glory is privy to the order.
“To him that hath ear, let him hear…(v.22)” At the conclusion we have the standard formula added whereby testimony of the risen Lord Savior applies to seven churches of Asia Minor as well as churches everywhere.
Benny

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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