Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The doctrine of the open door, The Mechanics of the Open Doors.
Friday, October 29, 2010
The Mechanics of the Open Doors.
In ACT 11:1, Peter and the rest of the apostles, and the brethren received the news that the Gentiles had received the word of God meaning that God was now accepting all races and nationalities without having to convert to Judaism.
The Gentiles had been accepted by God without conformity to the traditional ceremonies and rites of the Jewish religion.
The cultural, religious, and social practices and beliefs of the Jews were for Jews only and not the Gentiles.
JOH 1:17, For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
Whenever God opens up a door it is always a door founded upon grace and therefore in verse, these doors will always be accompanied or followed by the inevitable opposition from legalism.
GAL 4:29, But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.
In verse 3, there is criticism of Peter so Peter begins to relate various factors in the open doors God provided for him as he came into contact with the Gentiles in the house of Cornelius.
The orderly sequence is a manifestation of the divine order of things concerning the open doors from God,
DEU 32:4, The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.
COL 4:3, praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery doctrine of Christ.
Guidance through prayer is authentic only when a believer is confronted with a situation which is not specified by some direct command in scripture.
2CO 6:14 commands no marriage is to be contracted between a believer and an unbeliever.
b. God will open doors through objective thinking of Bible doctrine.
We have divine instruction concerning the doctrine of the open door through observation, concentration and objective thinking in the mind — verse 6.
ACT 11:6, And when I had fixed my gaze upon it and was observing it [responding to the open doors that God sets before you depends upon observing what it is that is set before you.]
When you are observing certain situations set before you, don’t be subjective, if you are, you will be so concerned about yourself, and you will miss out on the open doors of opportunity.
The difference between these two forms of thinking is the difference between facts [objectivity] and opinions [subjectivity].
Objectivity means to be uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices, or to be open-minded and not self-centered.
Subjectivity means to proceed from or taking place in a person’s mind rather than the external world: It means existing only in the mind; imaginary or unreal, especially because of hypersensitivity and insecurity.
c. Then there are the open doors that God sets before you through direct guidance through the Word of God,
This is the principle of guidance when facing the open doors that God sets before you through perception and recall of doctrine, verses 7-10.
Peter was guided through divine revelation, which today is the Word of God and only the Word of God.
d. There are the open doors that God sets before you through what is known as providential circumstances e.g. the people we meet,
We are to test a providential circumstance.
It must not conflict with the statements, doctrines, and principles of the Word of God.
e. Then there are the open doors that God sets before you through the ministry of the Holy Spirit,
f. A unique open door that God sets before you which is the door of divine guidance through comparison of scripture,