I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. JOHN 10:9
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with me. REVELATION 3:20
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” Why does He not come in? Is not this divine Spirit omnipotent? Has He not power to enter where He will, to breathe where He chooses, to blow where He listeth? Why, then, does He stand without, knocking at the door of a frail human heart? Could He not break down that door in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and annihilate that opposing barrier which disputes His claim to universal empire? Yes, but in so doing He would annihilate also the man. What makes me a man is just my power to open the door. If I had no power to open or to forbear opening I would not be responsible. The Divine Spirit might then, indeed, do with me what He will, but I would not be worth His possession. I would be simply as the unconscious stars which He fills with light, as the blind winds which He directs on their way. But if the stars and the winds had been enough He would never have said, “Let us make man.” He made me because He meant me to be more than a breath of heaven. He meant me to respond to Himself, to open on His knocking at the door. He could have no joy in breaking down the door, in taking the kingdom of my heart by violence; there would be no response in that, no answer of a heart to His heart, no acceptance of a will by His Will. Therefore, He prefers to stand without till I open, to knock till I hear, to speak till I respond. He would not have my being to be lost in His, for His being is love, and love demands love.
Whether Thou comest to me in sunshine or in rain, I would take Thee into my heart joyfully. thou art Thyself compensation for the rain; it is Thee and not thy gifts I crave; knock and I shall open unto thee. George Matheson
What does that mean, “I am the door:”? Jesus also said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.’ Matthew 7:13,14 (emphasis mine) Why is it that He said ‘few’? It is because no amount of good works, no amount of psychological salve will ever replace one of the smallest drops of His precious blood! ‘Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?’ John 11:25,26 Also in Leviticus 17:11b read ‘. . . : for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.’ Compare this with Hebrews 9:22. Some other Scripture for your perusal - Mark 14:24; John 6:54,56; Acts 20:28; Romans 3:25 & 5:9; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:27, 15:50; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:7, 10:19, 12:24, 13:12; I Peter 1:19 and many others of course.
My friends the sweetest things of glory await those who have opened ‘the door’ and entered by the blood through ‘The Door’ for it is said ‘. . . Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.’ I Corinthians 2:9