Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of The Open Door. Part 2.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

ROM 9:17, For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I caused you to continue in history in order to demonstrate My power in you, or by means of you and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”

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

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

In JOH 10:9, TLJC says,
“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].”

The phrase go in and out, in the style of the Hebrews, points out all the actions of a man’s life, and the liberty he has of acting, or not acting.

A good shepherd guides his flock to the fields where good pasture is to be found; watches over them while there, and brings them back again and secures them in the fold.

So he that is taught and called of God feeds the flock of Christ with those truths of his word of grace which nourish them unto eternal life; and God blesses together both the shepherd and the sheep, so that going out and coming in they find pasture.

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

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.

Point 4.
The open door of service.
1CO 16:9, For a wide door, even effective service has opened to me and there are many adversaries.

The open door of service is when you see a need and God gives you the opportunity of fulfilling that need.

The open door of service can refer to rendering financial help to others,
ACT 11:29; 2CO 9:12-13; ROM 15:31.

Point 5.  The third door of opportunity in life is the provision of
the PPOG and its resultant historical impact.

REV 3:8,  “I know your deeds [your production]. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power or insignificant strength, and have kept or guarded My word, and have not denied My name.”

The fact that the PPOG is available to you is the greatest opportunity for historical impact that individual believers have ever had in any dispensation of history.

Point 6. The Door of Rebound and Recovery.

REV 3:20, “I have stood at the door with the result that I keep standing at the door and knock repeatedly [this is the warning discipline stage of the spiritual life.]”

“If anyone hears My voice and opens the door [rebound], I will come into him and have dinner with him and he with me [fellowship].”

Point 7. There Are Open Doors in Heaven.
REV 4:1 teaches the open door of the Rapture of the Church.

REV 4:1,  After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”

In Rev 4 and 5, the church is in heaven while in
Rev 6-19, the Tribulation occurs on earth.

The open door of the second advent. REV 19:11,  And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

PSA 24:7-8-10,  “Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O everlasting doors, That the King of glory may come! Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift {them} up, O everlasting ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.”

Point 8. How to know the doors that God opens up in your life.

1CO 14:33, for God is not a God of confusion but of peace,

a. There is the open door of learning doctrine so that you can know what God wants you to think.
b. There is the open door of the operational will of God or what God wants you to do.
c. There is also the open door of location or the geographical will of God which is where God wants you to be.
d. The open doors of permission which are not a part of God’s perfect will for your life.

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