Doors No Man Can Shut
- Date: July 24, 2005
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name."(Revelations 3:8)
- From Somewhat Against You
"...He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth" (Rev. 3:7). This is not only about authority but supreme authority--sovereignty. Jesus is showing Himself to the Philadelphia church, the church that has a love for Him, a love for one another, a love for pure doctrine, and a love for the gospel. What He is saying here encourages us: "The message that you bring is irrefutable, for My power is irresistible. I am sovereign, and I will open and close doors that man cannot refute. So put your confidence in the fact that you are invincible, that My Word abides forever, and that My grace and faith are irresistible."
"I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength..." (3:8). Israel was chosen because they were the least. To be successful as a church, we have to always see ourselves for what we are: the least, with no natural strength or abilities, no power of numbers. The Bible says when we're weak then we're strong (2 Cor. 12:10). We are nobody, but we have God working in us and through us that can open doors that no man can shut. We can accomplish what governments and all of the billionaires in the country couldn't pull off if it's the will of God. So let's find out what God is doing and get with the program.
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth" (Rev. 3:10). The word for earth-dwellers is katoikeo, a permanent citizenship--those that have lost the first love and their expectation of the imminent return of the Lord. The way to determine whether or not you really believe in the imminent return of the Lord is to test yourself and say, "If I knew Jesus was coming back a week from today, would I change what I'm doing?" If you would, then you are not truly living believing in the imminent return of the Lord, believing He could come at any moment. We are going to give an answer for every idle word spoken and every work that we have done. If we would change things, then we are not trusting in His grace as sufficient at this moment.
Who are these people that will be kept from that hour of temptation? This is speaking of the tribulation, the wrath of God, the judgment of God. We see what this hour of wrath, the great tribulation, is all about in 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and 5:19. Because you have kept My Word and not denied My name--the loyal church, the church of Philadelphia, the church that loves one another because they were first loved of Him. Let's be very aware of all of these other temptations that are around us that are represented by these other churches. Let's look for the danger signs. Let's ask ourselves this question: what are we making our fellowship? What do we bring in every service? What are we contributing to make others better and to bring more honor and more glory to Him?
"Let him [that has ears] hear what the Spirit [says to] the churches" (3:13). He is talking--are you listening? Where are you today? What is going to be written on that white stone? What is the name that will be given to you? Are you being made into a pillar in the house of your God? Let him that has ears hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.