The Great and Effectual Door   1 comment

1 Cor. 16, 9

This is Paul’s reason for staying at Ephesus till Pentecost.

I.  “A great door,” opportunity

1.  Paul improved a God-given opportunity.

2.  He occupied strategic points.

3.  Christians today have a life opportunity.  All heathendom are Macedonia.  “The sides of the world are taken down.”  “Love God and man.”  Hence one’s interest in souls the index of his heart.

Expectation bright & responsibility great.

II.  “Effectual door.”  The gospel succeeds everywhere men are helped by it.  Is not ashamed of its fruits.  New Hebrides & Tigers.  Gospel’s jewels mark its path through the nations and ages.

III.  “Many adversaries.”  Another reason for serving the Ephesians.  A weak faith cries abandon those who persecute Christian laborers.  Opposition to the gospel stirred Paul’s heart; the greater need.  The devil never yields without protest.

IV.  He saw the result of his labor.  He shall too–a prodigal world brought back to Christ.  Let us enter every open door till the world is redeemed.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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