An Open Door

Sunday, March 10, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Revelation 3:7-13 | Series:

An Open Door

Revelation 3:7–13

Will we be faithful, dedicated, and resolute to enter through the doors Christ opens?

  1. Christ’s introduction - 7
    1. Jesus is the Holy One set apart as untouchable and apart from error.
    2. 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
    3. The O. T. reference to the key of David is found in Isaiah 22:15–25
      1. Shebna was corrupt and a disqualified servant - v. 15–19
      2. Elakim replaced Shebna and was God’s chosen servant - v. 20–23
      3. All human servants will eventually fail - v. 24–25
    4. Jesus is the ultimate One who now possesses the key of David.
    5. Jesus opens and shuts therefore He alone has power to admit or exclude.
    6. Jesus is the One and only genuine Messiah with the full authority of access to God who will alone determine entrance into the kingdom.
    7. Jesus identifies Himself this way to contrast Himself with the false Jews who claimed they were the gatekeepers of the kingdom (Matthew 23:13).
  1. Christ’s commendation - 8–9
    1. God does not open and close doors of opportunity like a revolving door.
    2. Christ promises an open door that cannot be shut:
      1. A promise that the gospel will save souls world-wide - Acts 14:27
      2. A promise that no enemy can stop the gospel - 1 Corinthians 16:9
      3. A promise of opportunities for gospel ministry - 2 Corinthians 2:12
      4. A promise for the courage and clarity to preach the gospel - Col. 4:3
    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.
    4. The church was faithful to the word in teaching and obedience and they did not falter in their testimony for Jesus.
    5. 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.
  1. Christ’s encouragement - 10–13
    1. 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).
    2. Christ can return at any moment! Hold on, for the victory is guaranteed!

Anyone can hear the words of Jesus. Believers are overcomers.

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