Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of The Open Door. Part 5.

Friday, September 10, 2010

We have begun to note some of the reasons why we must always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks us to give an account for the hope or confidence that is in us and to do so with gentleness and reverence.

We have begun to study some of the passages about the kinds of people and methods God can use and why we should always be ready and available to the Doctrine of the Open Door.

EXO 3:6, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”

The Doctrine of the Open Door and how it relates to the glorification of God as He uses all kinds of people, whether believers or unbelievers.

The Lord used Cain, who murdered his brother Abel, and this opened up the door for God to introduce capital punishment as a basis for freedom under the principle of live and let live.

God using the evil sinful plans and schemes of Abraham to the open door of opportunity to reveal the sacredness of marriage and the respect that should exist between the husband and the wife.

Then we had the open door of the opportunity for Sarah and how to handle unjust and unfair treatment from a husband that didn’t seem to care for her and refused to protect her.

The Lord opened up His door of forgiveness, power, and strength, so much so that both Abraham and Sarah finally ended up walking through the open doors and eventually made God’s hall of fame in
Heb 11.

Because you never know who needs to be saved or has become saved through you living in your ambassadorship or who has become a spiritual champion.

God can use evil of lying, of deceitful plans, unjust and unfair treatment, and turn it into divine good through
opening up a door for those who desire to go through it.

The open door of unlimited forgiveness illustrated by Abraham repeating this same sin or form of evil again in
GEN 20:2-18.

God opened up the door to have victory over his previous sin of fear and evil but instead, Abraham repeated the same act all over again.

Abraham went through the wrong door, the door of selfishness and fear but later on became an example of the patience and longsuffering of God.

Abraham is called the father of our faith;
ROM 4:11,16; 9:10; GAL 3:7.

“I know your intentions were pure, that’s why I kept you from sinning against Me; I was the one who kept you from having sex with her.”

God still protected his man Abraham, the prophet,
which falls under the principle of
Touch not God’s anointed.

“If you don’t give her back, know that it’s certain death both for you and everyone in your family.”
“What have you done to us? What have I ever done to you that you would bring on me and my kingdom this huge offense?”

Here is an unbeliever who operated with more integrity than two believers, both Abraham and Sarah.

God opened up the door of integrity and truth, but Abraham refused to go through it.

What we read in ROM 4:16-21 tells us that God forgave Abraham because he apparently understood the forgiveness of God and not only did he rebound but he also he recovered.

This passage tells us that Abraham didn’t quit and he apparently learned the doctrine of forgiveness.

Because God uses people who understand the importance of forgiveness.

Abraham chose the door of fear, presumption, and self-justification rather than the open door of fearlessness, courage, and believing the best about others.

Here Abraham is revealing the kind of people God can use and why we should always be ready to speak up to everyone who asks us to give an account for the confidence that is in us.

As a perfect gentleman, the Lord opens up the doors for His future bride.
Right now, we are in the engagement stage, His bride to be.
Right now we are being courted by our bridegroom.
But, in the future, we will be the bride of Christ forever and ever.

REV 19:7-8, “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

Notice, she dresses up herself with her righteous acts, not with the imputed righteousness which all believers possess, but with experiential righteousness which is a reflection of the works of EPH 2:10.

EPH 2:10, For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

REV 19:9, And so, he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”

This is the self-justification of Abraham once again.

Sarah, Abraham’s wife, forced her Egyptian maid Hagar to have a male child through Abraham because of her lack of faith.

HEB 11:11, By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised;

Even a woman can become spiritually mature and glorify God if she is willing to follow TLJC and go through the open door or the doors that the Lord opens.

You look in this chapter and you will not find the phrase “even Abel, or even Enoch, or even Noah, or even David”
but here it says even Sarah, insinuating even someone like Sarah can reach spiritual maturity and glorify God.

This is more proof of what kind of people can God use and why should we always be available to the doctrine of the open door, a female who overcame bitterness and jealousy.

Then Sarah literally forced Abraham to send Hagar away when she became pregnant at 90 years old, beyond her menopause, and Isaac was born as the promise seed.

What kind of people can God use and why should we always be available to the doctrine of the open door, He can even use those who use operation blame game as their patsy.

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