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An Open Door

An Open Door

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.  Revelation 3:7-8

Today as I type this post, the temperature is negative 8.  That is right -8.  Frigid!  Opening the doors for people as they came in today, I opened and shut the door very fast in an attempt to keep some cold air out and some warm air in!

I don’t think I was too successful.

The Lord Jesus is speaking of an open door He gave to the church in the Greek city of Philadelphia in the verses above.   Chapters 2-3 of Revelation are describing the “church age” in which we live.  Each of the 7 churches listed were real places with real people and are also “types” of churches that are found in the church age.  In other words, every Biblical church today is in some way like one of these 7 churches.

As Jesus gives His message to the church of brotherly love, he tells them that He is giving them an open door.  Jesus is holding a door open for them to freely move in and out of and to freely bring other people through as well.  With the Philadelphia church being very weak, they are not able to hold the door open.  It is only a door that Jesus can open.  They do not have political clout or economic power, but they have a responsibility to go through the door and take others with them.

Many Bible students believe this is an open door through which to deliver the Gospel to this lost and dying world.  God is giving His church the opportunity to freely distribute the Word of God and Gospel message.  While the church is diminished in society today and even with the political climate growing in angst against anything Christian, it is the Lord Who is holding open the door for Gospel witness.

Have you noticed how spiritually cold our society has become?  Even this week, the Governor of Virginia is talking about delivering a newborn and then killing it as “OK” in his book.  This following the Governor of New York pushing his love of abortion right up until birth.  We live in a cold, cold climate, not just in atmospheric temperature, but in spiritual temperature.  We cannot hold the door open for people, but thank the Lord, Jesus is holding it open for us!  In addition, as fast as many non-Christians would be to close the door, slamming it shut, it is something that they cannot do.  Only God can open or close it.  That is good news.  We have as much time to witness as God will give to us, but we don’t know how much time that is. Historically in the Bible, the Lord opens and closes doors based on the people’s response to Him.

Today, take a moment and pray for a friend that you can bring to church this Sunday.

Would you invite them to sit with you at church this Sunday?

The door may not be open much longer.

Go through the door with another person while you can.


Let Jesus into Your Life

Let Jesus into Your Life

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

At the cusp of every human heart is a door.  Through that door we allow all our emotions, choices, and decisions to flow in and out of our heart.  We choose what we love and who we love.  We decide who we will allow to influence us and what teaching we will learn.  What we say is informed by our heart.  How we “feel” is instigated by our heart.

For the “Bible in New York” one wrote the following insightful observation:  “Socrates taught for forty years, Plato for fifty, Aristotle for forty, and Jesus for only three; yet those three years infinitely transcend in influence the combined one hundred and thirty years of teaching of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, three of the greatest men of all antiquity. Jesus painted no pictures; yet the paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci received their inspiration from Him. Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton, and scores of the world’s greatest poets were inspired by Him. Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies, and oratorios written in His praise. Thus every sphere of human greatness has been incomparably enriched by the humble carpenter of Nazareth. But His unique contribution to the race of men is the salvation of the soul. Philosophy could not accomplish that—nor art—nor literature—nor music. Only Jesus Christ can break the power of sin; only He can speak “power into the strength-less soul, and life into the dead.” The world admires Christ afar off. Some adopt Him as their example and try to pattern their lives after His. A few open the door of their hearts and invite Him in to be their Saviour. Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, If He’s not born in thee, thy soul is still forlorn.”

Would you believe in Jesus?  He died on the cross, shedding His blood, not for sins of His own (He had no sin), but for your sin and mine.  He completed the work necessary for “God’s Plan of Salvation.”  Jesus is offering salvation free to you.  He paid the price with His own blood.  No matter how many sins, how big they are – or how little they may seem to you, all of us are sinners in need of salvation from our sin.  Jesus paid for your sin and died in your place on the Cross. He then rose from the dead and He is knocking on your hearts door today.  He loves you.  Will you receive His salvation by faith?

Christian friend, rejoice and be glad that Jesus is living in you!  Allow His Spirit and His Word to guide and direct your steps and decisions each day.  Let the God in your heart have control of your life.  You are a new creation made to produce god works to the glory of God. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10






Uncovering the Mysteries of the Bible

Uncovering the Mysteries of the Bible

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.  Matthew 13:10-11

We all tend to enjoy “mysteries.”  From playing “Clue” to possibly watching Colombo, many readers like to uncover the facts and solve a mystery.  The New Testament speaks at least 14 times about “mysteries.”  In order to understand the mysteries, the first mention of it, in the Gospels, must be understood.  The Mysteries of the Kingdom of God can be understood!  The “mysteries” of the New Testament were not previously understood by Old Testament Saints.  The Lord reveals these mysteries to the Christians who are searching for the answers in the Word.

Recently I drove by a modern castle about 30 minutes from where we live in upstate, New York.  This huge house did not have a large wall around it, but it would have looked great if it did.  Near Lexington Kentucky, there is a beautiful castle that someone lives in as a residence.  I have driven by many times.

Imagine a giant door to a castle.  Perhaps a European styled castle.  What is on the other side of the door?  Who is on the inside of the wall?  How can I get into this place?  Heaven is a wonder place where Jesus is today!  How can I go there?  Then as a Christian, how can I have access to God and know more about God?

The Kingdom of Heaven has one door, one entrance, and one key that unlocks the door so a person can go in.

Mysteries in the Bible are Understood when we know the following three truths:

Jesus is the Door.  Matthew 13:10-17 is the first time “mystery” is mentioned and it is in direct correlation to the first parable Jesus gives about the Farmer planting the seed of the Word of God.

John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

To Understand God, You Must Know Jesus. Jesus was talking, but the people were not listening.  He was in front of them, but they did not see Him.  People who refuse Jesus are blind and deaf when it comes to the parables that Jesus taught.  The parables had clear earthly illustrations in them.  At the same time, they contained a Heavenly or spiritual meaning.  A person who does not believe Jesus may think of a parable as a good story or merely entertainment.  Hearing the parable, the still do not heat the real message.

There is a Penalty for Refusing Jesus.  These people who refused to believe Jesus and hear His message could not understand His teaching.  In fact, the curse on a person who is given the truth and refuses it is that they will not understand.  Being left in the dark is not a good place to be if you are a detective!

The Door that needs opened to understand the mystery of the Kingdom is Jesus.  The comprehension and understanding of any of the other mysteries depends on what you do with Jesus.  Believe or not believe.

The Bible is the Entrance.  This is the idea of a Door Frame or threshold.  Mark 4:10-13 indicates that what a person believes about the Bible makes a big difference.  In fact, without the Word, we would now know how to be saved. 

A person can enter if: the Bible is the Authority and the Bible is trusted.  Then the Door can be opened.  In this parable, the Seed of the Word of God receives various responses.  Each response is indicative of the condition of a human heart.

Why Then Do Some Fall Away?  It seems that come allow the Word to entire their life then fall away.  Why?

  • Some were not believers to begin with. The seed is on the “way side.”  Mark 4:15 tells how Satan steals the seed of the Word.
  • Some have big troubles that come and are not rooted. Mark 4:16-17
    • They are happy for a moment then fade away.
    • They have no “depth” in their Christianity.
    • There are many shallow Christians. Bible reading, prayer, witnessing, church attendance are the start of depth.  Most are unfaithful in this.
    • These uprooted are not in the Bible so the deeper things of God are unknown to them.
  • Some Have Temptations that are Powerful. Mark 4:18-19
    • The cares of this world.
    • Riches and money.
    • The lust for stuff.
    • These things choke out the Word. These are too busy for the things of God.
    • They are not focused on the Lord and His Word so they do not understand the deeper things of the Kingdom of God.
  • Some grow in the Things of God. Mark 4:20
    • They accept the Word.
    • They let the Word grow.
    • They see fruit in their life.

Our Response to God’s Word is what reveals His mysteries to us.

Radio preacher J Vernon McGee said: “If a man wants to know the Word of God, he can know it. He who wants to know the truth can know it. But you can shut your ears to it. There are multitudes of so-called broadminded people who shut their ears to the Word of God. If you don’t want to hear it, you won’t hear it, my friend. Not only would you fail to hear it, but you wouldn’t understand it if you did hear it. You must have the kind of ear that wants to hear the Word of God.”

Faith is the Key in Luke 8:9-18.

Jesus said in Mathew 16:17 “… Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”  Since eternal life is a spiritual proposition, it cannot be attained or understood in mere physical terms.

What is Required to Enter the Kingdom?  What is needed to Open the Door and Go Through the Entrance?  Faith!  Faith in Jesus and His Gospel is what is needed!  Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

What is Required to Know Jesus and Understand the Word? Faith! Hebrews 11:6 declares, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

This concept concerning faith is thoughtfully captures in this old song:

“Prayer is the key to Heaven,
But faith unlocks the door;
Words are so easily spoken,
But prayer without faith
Is like a boat without an oar.

Have faith when you speak to the Master,
That’s all he asks you for;
Prayer is the key to Heaven,
But faith unlocks the door.”

The Mysteries of the Kingdom of God can be understood!   The mystery is this: the truth is in plain sight, but some do not understand it because of a lack of faith…..