Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of The Open Door. Part 1.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Grace Bible Church
Pastor/Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday,
August 29, 2010

And yet the Lord said, NOT  For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, but I have caused you to continue in history.

ROM 9:17, ...to demonstrate My power in you, or by means of you.

When we find ourselves in danger, whether personal, national, or international, we need to realize that these things are permitted to continue in history so that the power of God may be demonstrated by us or through us.

By means of the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart, God is going to demonstrate His power in such a way that it will have an effect on two entire generations.

He came to that place that Joshua came to in
JOS 24:14, Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

JOS 24:15, And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River,

or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Inevitably the Lord will be glorified even when men perform the greatest evil which they are capable of performing.

2CO 13:8, For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

Point 1. Definition.
An open door refers to the grace opportunity related to giving meaning, purpose, and definition to your life.

Since your salvation, you have the opportunity to become an anonymous invisible hero of this decade through historical impact.

Point 2. The First Open Door of Opportunity in Scripture is the Door of Salvation.

JOH 10:9, “I am the door, if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture [logistical grace provision for the believer in Christ].”

ACT 14:27, And when they had arrived and gathered the church together, they {began} to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.

The first opportunity in life is the open door of salvation, it’s open to everyone.
“Whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

You don’t have to say,
Look God I’m going to wait until I straighten out my life and then I’ll accept Christ as Savior.

Point 3. The second door of opportunity in life is the door of communication of truth.

This door is related to the three categories of truth:
The laws of divine establishment, the gospel, and Bible doctrine.

In 2CO 2:12 Paul is speaking,
Now when I came to Troas or Troy for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord

COL 4:3, Also, at the same time praying for us that God would open a door to communicate the mystery of Christ.

Category number 1, the laws of divine establishment for the entire human race.

Category number 2, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ for Unbelievers.

Category number 3, Bible doctrine for believers.

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