Rev. 3:14 As the faithful and true witness (cf. 1:5 ), Jesus brings accusing testimony that contradicts the church's boast, “I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing” ( 3:17 ). Jesus' self-designation as the beginning of God's creation does not mean that he is God's first creation (cf. notes on Col. 1:15–17 ) but that he is the one who began God's creation (cf. note on John 1:3 ). In Revelation, “the beginning” with its complement “the end” is an expression for God's eternity (cf. Rev. 21:6; 22:13 ), and here it signifies Christ's sovereign rule over the created order. « Less Rev. 3:15–16 The waters of the nearby Lycus River were muddy and undrinkable, and the waters flowing by aqueduct from hot springs 5 miles (8 km) away were lukewarm when they reached Laodicea. Likewise, Jesus found his church's tepid indifference repugnant. Cold and hot water represent something positive, for cold water refreshes in the heat, and hot water is a tonic when one is chilly. Rev. 3:17–18 The spiritually blind, bankrupt, naked Laodiceans obviously had no resources to buy from Jesus gold or garments or salve for their eyes. They could “purchase” these necessities only by his grace, as the Lord had once invited thirsty spiritual paupers to “buy wine and milk without money” ( Isa. 55:1–4 ). Rev. 3:19–20 Like a loving father, Christ will reprove those whom he loves (cf. Prov. 3:12 ), calling them to repent before he intervenes in judgment. I stand at the door and knock , not as a homeless transient seeking shelter but as the master of the house, expecting alert servants to respond immediately to his signal and welcome his entrance ( Luke 12:35–36 ; James 5:9 ). To the one who opens the door , Christ will come in and will eat with him , a picture of close personal fellowship. « Less Rev. 3:21 I will grant him to sit with me on my throne implies that Christ will delegate some of his ruling authority to his people (cf. 20:4; 22:6 ; Luke 19:17 ; 1 Cor. 6:3 ; 2 Tim. 2:12 ). Premillennialists also see this as a promise of reigning with Christ in the millennium (see notes on Rev. 2:26–28 ; 20:1–6 ).
Mark 16:14-15 14 Afterward m he appeared p to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their q unbelief and r hardness of heart, because s they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, t “Go into all the world and u proclaim the gospel to v the whole creation. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 10:9-11 9 because, if m you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and n believe in your heart o that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, p “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:13-15 13 For t “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him u of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear v without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, w “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 16:25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages
Christ the Wisdom and Power of God 18 For the word of the cross is b folly to c those who are perishing, but to us d who are being saved it is e the power of God. 19 For it is written, f “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 g Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? h Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For i Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ j crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ k the power of God and l the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 2 Corinthians 4:1-5 4 Therefore, having x this ministry y by the mercy of God,  we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced z disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or a to tamper with God's word, but b by the open statement of the truth c we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even d if our gospel is veiled, e it is veiled only to f those who are perishing. 4 In their case g the god of this world d has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing h the light of i the gospel of the glory of Christ, j who is the image of God. 5 For what k we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with l ourselves as your servants  for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, m “Let light shine out of darkness,” n has shone in our hearts to give o the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
32 o So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but p whoever denies me before men, q I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
The Problem Concerning the Gospel
Have you seen this painting before? “ Christ at Heart's Door” by Warner Sallman
“ The passage in Revelation about Jesus knocking at the door is given as an ironic rebuke to a church. The Laodicean church had become complacent and self-satisfied. Jesus would “reprove and discipline” those He loves ( Revelation 3:19 ). Jesus tells them to repent and open the door and so restore fellowship with their Lord ( Revelation 3:20 ).14 This was written to a church, not the lost. Its misuse in evangelism obscures the true nature of the gospel and the power of God. When Jesus saved Paul in Acts 9, He did not knock on Paul’s door to see if Paul would decide whether or not to let Him in.” 2
“ The word “gospel” is a translation of the Greek work euaggelion from which we get our English word “evangel.” By definition “evangelical” means those who are committed to the gospel. Therefore, to claim that “evangelicals” are not preaching the gospel is a strong indictment.” 3