An Open Door
Will we be faithful, dedicated, and resolute to enter through the doors Christ opens?
- Christ’s introduction - 7
- Jesus is the Holy One set apart as untouchable and apart from error.
- Jesus is the True One who is the genuine Messiah. This title emphasizes His authenticity. He is the litmus test for truth - Matthew 11:25–30
- The O. T. reference to the key of David is found in Isaiah 22:15–25
- Shebna was corrupt and a disqualified servant - v. 15–19
- Elakim replaced Shebna and was God’s chosen servant - v. 20–23
- All human servants will eventually fail - v. 24–25
- Jesus is the ultimate One who now possesses the key of David.
- Jesus opens and shuts therefore He alone has power to admit or exclude.
- Jesus is the One and only genuine Messiah with the full authority of access to God who will alone determine entrance into the kingdom.
- Jesus identifies Himself this way to contrast Himself with the false Jews who claimed they were the gatekeepers of the kingdom (Matthew 23:13).
- Christ’s commendation - 8–9
- God does not open and close doors of opportunity like a revolving door.
- Christ promises an open door that cannot be shut:
- A promise that the gospel will save souls world-wide - Acts 14:27
- A promise that no enemy can stop the gospel - 1 Corinthians 16:9
- A promise of opportunities for gospel ministry - 2 Corinthians 2:12
- A promise for the courage and clarity to preach the gospel - Col. 4:3
- The door was open for the expansion of the gospel even though the church was weak, not in spiritual power, but in earthly means such as numbers, resources, or influence.
- The church was faithful to the word in teaching and obedience and they did not falter in their testimony for Jesus.
- The enemy of this church was the Jewish synagogue (congregation) who denied that Jesus was the Messiah. A true son of Abraham would not reject Jesus (John 8:12–59). They did the work of Satan in opposing the Christians. Yet, in the future the Jewish people will accept Jesus as Messiah and will recognize the Gentile church as legitimate.
- Christ’s encouragement - 10–13
- Those who endure in Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) are promised to be preserved from the end-time judgments coming upon the world (pre-trib rapture).
- Christ can return at any moment! Hold on, for the victory is guaranteed!
Anyone can hear the words of Jesus. Believers are overcomers.
An Open Door
Topics: The Church