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Will ye also go away?

Christ knocking on the door - of the Church! - H. A. Ironside

 

 

 

 



"I am the light of the world" John 8:12


Will ye also go away?

"Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?" John 6:67

These words are very emphatical. Will YOU abandon me?

—YOU, whom I have distinguished with innumerable marks of my affection

—YOU, whom I have chosen out of the world to be my companions,

—YOU, to whom I have revealed the secrets of the eternal world

—YOU, who have been witnesses of all my miracles

—YOU, whom I intend to seat with me on my throne in glory; will YOU go away?

Reader, in what state art THOU?

Hast THOU gone back from Christ, or art THOU going back?

Wilt THOU go?

—THOU, whom he has redeemed by his blood

—THOU, whom he has upheld by his power, and fed by his providence

—THOU, into whose wounded soul he has poured the balm of pardoning mercy

—THOU, whom he has adopted into the heavenly family

—THOU, whom he has comforted in so many tribulations and adversities

—THOU, whose multiplied offences he has freely and fully pardoned; wilt THOU go away?

- Adam Clarke, Commentary on Gospel of John

 


Christ knocking on the door - of the Church!

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
- Revelation 3:14-16

 

In a day when faithful witnesses to God's truth are becoming fewer and fewer, the Lord addresses Himself to the church as the Amen (that is, the establisher of all God's promises), the faithful and true Witness, who will maintain to the last what is of God, though the great majority of those who profess to follow Him be swept away by the apostasy. He reproves the church for its lukewarmness and indifference to Himself and the truth. He says, "Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spew thee out of my mouth." There is neither burning zeal for His word, nor yet absolute repudiation of Christ and the Bible. Instead, there is a nauseating, lukewarm condition that is abhorrent to the Spirit of God. Lukewarm water is, in itself, an emetic; and this is the figure the Lord here uses. He cannot tolerate such conditions much longer, but will spew out the whole disgusting mass in judgment.

Meantime, the church goes on in its pride and self-satisfaction, saying, "I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing" ; knowing not that, in His eyes, it is "poor, and miserable, and blind, and naked." Never were church dignitaries and carnally-minded religious leaders more satisfied with themselves and their great work than at the present time. Anything and everything is advocated that will seem to make for the church's popularity. The rights of the people alone must be considered; the rights of the Lord Jesus Christ are not even thought of. We have come to a time when, in many places, it is easier to get on without Christ than with Him; easier to carry on religious programs without the Holy Spirit, than if He were working among us in mighty power. No wonder He says, "I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire "that is, divine righteousness), that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment (that is, practical righteousness) that thou mayest be clothed, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve (that is, the anointing of the Holy Spirit) that thou mayest see." Yes, there is lots of work, much fleshly energy and human effort being put forth to reclaim the world, and make it a comfortable place for men to live in, apart from Christ; but the great things of God's truth are largely neglected, and myriads of so-called church-workers are utter strangers to the new birth, without which no one can see the Kingdom of God.

And so we see the Lord standing outside the door of the professing church, and saying so tenderly, "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." Ah beloved friends, it is getting late in the dispensation; the night-shades are fast falling; and the Lord who, in the beginning, was in the midst of His church, stands outside that lukewarm system which calls itself by His name, and He knocks in vain for entrance. Yet, individuals here and there open to Him, and find His presence is more to them than all else that the earth or the professing church can afford.

- H. A. Ironside, 1876-1951, Lectures on the Revelation

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"I am the light of the world" John 8:12