Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of The open Door. Part 6.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

ROM 9:17, For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”

We have been noting the kind of people and circumstances God uses as a part of the doctrine of the open door or the kind of doors that the Lord opens for our own benefit.

COL 4:2-5, Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 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 of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; in order that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

Point 1.  Definition.
An Open Door Refers to the Grace Opportunity Related to Giving Meaning, Purpose, and Definition to Your Life.

Even if you go through the wrong door because of failure  involving  your sins or evil, the Lord will give you the opportunity to rebound and recover.

This door of rebounding and recovering is implied to in REV 3:19, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent.”

REV 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

The door refers to that part of the believer’s soul where their free will or volition opens up to receiving divine conviction or divine discipline from the Lord, if necessary.

If there is the response of rebound and recovering from making the wrong choices, then the believer is invited to go through the open door of forgiveness and fellowship, that’s the meaning behind REV 3:20.

REV 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

We have been noting how the good or the evil decisions we make begin to determine the kind of doors that are placed in our path along the way.

We noted some of the passages about the kinds of people and methods God uses for those who produce divine good or sin and evil.

Prin - From our thinking comes our motivation.
From our motivation comes our decisions.
From our decisions comes our lifestyle.

The evaluation is based upon what we did with the doors placed in our path, especially the open ones.

We will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ to see whether or not divine viewpoint was resident in our soul when facing the open doors of the spiritual life or were we controlled by human viewpoint.

Refusing to go through the open door from God = Loss of reward or blessing above and beyond the resurrection body.

This is determined by your motivation, your choice of viewpoint, divine or human, and your response to the open doors placed in your path of life.

1CO 3:13, Each man’s work or production will become evident; for the day [of judgment] will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.

The quality will be determined by the presence of divine viewpoint or human viewpoint as your motivation when faced with the open door of opportunity from the Lord.

The purpose of the judgment seat of Christ is found in
2CO 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one of us [royal family of God] may receive what is due him [rewards] for the things accomplished while in the body, whether good [from proper motivation or worthless [evil motivation].

Prin - If the believer lives his life in the cosmic system, it is worthless (phaulos) or evil; he has failed to fulfill the PPOG and has lived a life of going through the wrong doors or the wrong opportunities.

Prin - If he lives in the PPOG and fulfills the plan,  it is intrinsic good (agathos) and he, the winner, receives rewards above and beyond the resurrection body because he walked through the open doors of opportunity from the Lord.

your day-by-day attitude toward Bible doctrine and the open doors of opportunity from the Lord will determine completely what you will receive for all of eternity.

It takes many, many decisions to go through the open doors of opportunity from the Lord to receive the great decorations, honors, and rewards at the judgment seat of Christ.

COL 3:23, Whatever you do, keep on performing it from the soul, as to the Lord and not to people;

What better illustrations to have of the difference between the open door of opportunity from the Lord, and the closed doors of deception from Satan and the kingdom of darkness than the first three members of the human race that TLJC announced that He was the God of, who failed immensely.

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

The Lord used Cain, who murdered his brother as an open door for freedom and the right to live.

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

Then we had the open door of opportunity for Sarah and how to handle unjust and unfair treatment from a husband that didn’t seem to care 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 if the Lord is calling on you as His ambassador to plant, or to water, as He ultimately is the one who brings in the increase or spiritual growth.

1CO 3:7, So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.

The point is that God can even use evil of lying, of deceit, of unjust and unfair treatment, and turn it into divine good through opening up a door for those who desire to go through it.

We also have 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.

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