The Door Opened Which None Can Shut   1 comment

Rev. 3, 8

1.  Door of access to the lost, opened of God.  It is no small thing that all may be approached .  Nothing is more clearly of God.  It has cost Him effort and patience.

2.  The duty to enter this door is of God too.  Given the opportunity, the obligation follows surely.  Missions are God-imposed, not expedient, but a moral obligation.  While opening the door He calls someone to enter it.  In Ephesians we are told this work is age-long with God though lately revealed.

3.  To enter this door is to bless those for whom He died.  It is no experiment but always a great blessing to the lost.

It is also a great blessing to those who put their hearts into it.  It is the occasion for rededication of our all to Him.

4.  No man can shut the door.  Do, or refuse to do what we may the fact of our opportunity remains, our obligation remains.  The only way to get rid of it is to recognize & discharge it.

5.  If we thought and prayed about it more we would surely be concerned about it more.  While God is so much concerned, if the church is indifferent, there she certainly is not godlike nor true to Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Rev. 3, 8

1.  The door of access to the lost.  It is opened of God.  No small blessing.  Nothing more clearly of God than the many doors opened now for doing good.  It has cost God effort and patience.  It is an age-long purpose of God lately revealed.  (Ephesians)

2.  Given the opened door, the obligation to enter in His name follows inevitably.  It is not an expedient but a moral obligation.  It is a question of fidelity to God–to duty.

3.  To enter the door is to bless those for whom Christ died.  Missions is no experiment but always a great blessing to the lost.  There is  no difference in the condition of the world then and now save what the church has done.

It is also blessing to the church doing it.

4.  None can shut the door.  The obligation remains till discharged despite the efforts of men and of devils.  It avails not to ignore, oppose or neglect it.

5.  If we thought and prayed over it more, we would be more interested.

Since God is so much concerned for the lost the godlike church will most assuredly be also.  Not to be concerned is to be unlike our compassionate Lord.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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