Does one need to walk through that door? Or is it enough just to stand there looking in?
Number 1 -In the OT they had to approach God, they had to go to Him... however in the NT God came to us.
Number 2 - Scripture says God comes to us
Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. John 14:23
Number 3 - The door is figurative and even at that Jesus is knocking waiting for us to answer
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. Revelation 3:20
By the way, could you point out the passage of Scripture that speaks about asking Jesus to come into our hearts? I don't recall reading that anywhere. I know a lot of people talk about that but I just don't remember having read it.
There is no one specific verse for the Trinity either, however we know of the Trinity because of the totality of the preponderance of scripture that points toward the Truth of it.
In this case believing in our hearts is a result of accepting Jesus into our hearts
for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:10
Ephesians 3:17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Acts 8:37
And what is this about "You call, He comes"? I thought for sure you said a couple of times that He calls and we come. Which is it. I don't see how it can be both.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21
He calls we answer, We call He answers ....anyway you put it
He knocks we open the door, we ask we receive...anyway you put it
We are not earning it, we are not attaining a standard to qualify
gospel, if I didn't know better I would swear that you are just winging it here
Scripture speaks for itself
Gospel..the verse you quoted about The Lord knocking at our hearts door has nothing to do with unsaved people..He is addressing the lukewarm church.(Rev 3)
Yeah and so what's the point?
Are you trying to insinuate that Jesus is not looking for His sheep and waiting for His sheep to turn and come to Him?
Are you trying to infer that the Holy Spirit is not working on the heart of the unbeliever?
Are you trying to tell us that The Holy Spirit does not convict those who do not believe in Jesus?
The fact of the matter no matter how you slice or dice it is Jesus comes into the heart of the unbeliever at the point of belief and faith in Him
It's a heartfelt experience whereby one opens their heart to Jesus and allows Him to come in and make His abode
It is important that the unsaved (or lost) acknowledge that they are a sinner..that their sin separates them from the Father and therefore stand in need of redemption.. without it they will spend eternity in hell..They need to turn away from the sin that they loved and detest (hate) that sin...having done that they then accept the "life" that the Lord Jesus offers. It is not scriptural to say that they should "ask the Lord into their heart"
You're right we do have to acknowledge our sin, but aside from that there is no cookie cutter but I will say the same thing to you as I stated to Sinead...
First of all turning to Jesus is in fact repenting, turning from and acknowledging your need for a Savior, for Salvation is in fact acknowledging your sin because that is in fact what you need Salvation from, "the wrath of God, against sin"
Acknowledging sin is in fact the difference between the rich young ruler in Luke 18 and the rich tax collector Zacchaeus in Luke 19
The rich man in Luke 18 said he was blameless in regards to the Law
The rich man in Luke 19 accused by religious people of being unworthy of Jesus presence in his house, was repentant and acknowledged his need for forgiveness
The woman caught in adultery was guilty, caught in the act, where in the scripture does she say anything repentant to Jesus?
The woman at the well had been married 5 times and living with a man to who she was not married...where does she say anything repentant to Jesus?
Where does he chide either of them to do so?
Peter repented directly to Jesus, face to face and how did Peter repent?
The fact of the matter is, you know, I know we all know we are sinners, we all know where we fall short, and we know we fall short in some areas we do not quite understand.
More importantly Jesus knows.
In fact Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves,
Just look at Peter!
Jesus knew he would fall short, sin before Peter even knew it. And as we all know Peter sincerely believed he would never deny Jesus.
Jesus already knew he would
That is because Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man. John 2:25
He made us, He knows what is in us, He knows the areas of our strengths and our weaknesses
Turning to Jesus is acknowledging you are helpless to Save yourself in any way and you need help in every way, even in ways you do not quite understand or are aware of
The end result is that Jesus comes into your heart...Salvation is not a technical procedure, or insert tab a into slot b, step by step instructional video
If a person is contrite, broken down within themselves and asks Jesus to come into their heart...that is all that is required, how that can even be a point of debate is beyond me