Summary: In Revelation, Jesus tells the Church at Philadelphia that He is opening a door for them which no one can shut. This is a door of favor, spiritual growth, and opportunity to witness. He'll open that same door for us if we desire it!
DOORS OF DESTINY
1. Late one night, a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into the path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs. “Give me your money,” he demanded.
Indignant, the affluent man replied, “You can’t do this, I’m a politician!” “In that case,” replied the robber, “give me MY money!”
2. A frantic-looking woman came rushing out of her house and into the street crying, “Help! Help! My young son has swallowed a quarter and is choking and I don’t know what to do!”
Everyone looked the other way, except for a middle-aged gentleman who rushed into the ladies house, found her young son, turned him upside down and shook him until the coin fell out of his mouth.
“Oh, thank you!” cried the lady. “Are you a doctor?” “No ma’am,” replied the middle-aged man. “I work for the Internal Revenue Service.”
B. FUNNY EPISODES WITH PET DOORS
1. Cat refuses to let Dog in Pet Door (.15)
2. Chubby Cat comes thru Door (.23)
3. Raccoon Comes through the door (1:32)
4. We’re going to read about a Door God wants us to go through in the Book of Revelations.
Revelation 3:7-8 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
D. IDENTIFYING THE “OPEN DOOR”
1. The Church at Philadelphia was a church for which Christ had no correction. It was a persecuted Church.
2. To them was given the singular promise given to Eliakim son of Hilkiah in Isaiah 22:22, replacing Shebna as caretaker of the House of God. God would “open a door that no man could shut.”
3. WHAT IS THIS PROMISE?
a. Not necessarily of financial prosperity;
b. Nor “ “ constant happiness;
c. Not of being popular with the World;
d. Or of always having perfect health.
The Philadelphia Church didn’t have all those things.
4. It was the Promise of a). God’s Favor, of b). spiritual growth into the likeness of Christ, and c). of opportunities to share Christ.
5. HOW WAS THE PHRASE “OPEN DOOR” USED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT?
a. Acts 14:27 “On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.”
b. 1 Corinthians 16:9 “because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.”
c. 2 Corinthians 2:12 “Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me”