OPENED AND CLOSED
October 10, 2010

 

   Psalms 84:10 David said that he would “rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God” than to dwell in the tents of the wicked. I wonder if God has “doorkeepers” at every door that the bible refers too.

 

OPEN DOOR OF SALVATION

 

   John 10:7-10 Jesus bares witness of Himself as being the one by whom we all must be saved.

   Revelation 3:20 Speaking to the church of the Laodiceans (the last church period of grace) Jesus extends His hand of grace to any who will hear His voice and invite Him in.

   Acts 14:27 The missionaries Paul and Barnabas report to their sending church how God has opened the door of salvation to the Gentiles.

  

OPEN DOOR OF PREACHING

 

   I Corinthians 16:8-9 Paul tells the church at Corinth that he wants to see them soon but will stay in the city of Ephesus because God has opened a great door of opportunity to preach the gospel their.

   Colossians 4:2-4 Paul requests prayer that God would open a door of utterance for him to preach the gospel and to make it clear and plain to those who would listen.

   Revelation 3:7-8 Here we see Jesus telling John to write to the church of Philadelphia. This church was a good church at the time and God allowed them to preach and teach the gospel openly. The prophetical time period (church age) that these verses are talking about is believed to be around (1700-1900) during the time of Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, George Whitfield, and D.L. Moody.

 

OPEN DOOR OF HEAVEN

 

   Matthew 3:16-17 After Jesus was baptized by John, the door of heaven was open to allow the Spirit of God to come upon Jesus and for God the Father to testify of His Son.

   Acts 7:55-56 When Stephen was being stoned to death he saw the heavens open and Jesus standing beside God the Father to receive him into glory.

   Acts 10:9-11 Here we see that Peter was allowed to see heaven opened and the vision pertaining to the Gentiles was revealed unto him by God.

   Revelation 4:1 The door of Heaven opened for John to receive the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

   Revelation 19:11 John once again in the Revelation sees heaven open and sees Jesus preparing for His second coming with His army of saints with Him.

 

CLOSED DOORS

 

   Jeremiah 8:20; Matthew 25:1-2, 10 The door of opportunity for salvation will soon be closed for the nations of the world. The period of God's wonderful grace will soon be closed forever.

   Matthew 25:26-27 The door for helping financially in the Lord's work is closing fast and God is keeping records on all those that are His servants.

   Matthew 25:34-40 The door of service will soon be closed for God's people. Whether by the rapture or by the way of the grave, our time for serving Him grows short. What will the Lord say to you regarding service when you see Him face to face?