“On the Threshold”

Jesus ‘The Door’ stands outside ‘the door’

  
Part One
 
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 

COMMENT: 
     Mr. Matheson views one aspect of ‘the door’, His point of view. I would like to look at another, which is found in the first passage of Scripture, above, which fell from our LORDS’ lips while He was still here on this planet. Jesus said “I am the door:” THERE IS NO OTHER WAY! There are, seemingly, many ways in our day and age, but Jesus still says “I am the door:” No cults or ‘isms’ no psychology, no emotionalism, no amount of tongues speaking in the world, no matter what family you are born into, no matter what church denomination, no matter what work you think may have earned you recognition, no matter any of these things and so many more Jesus still says “I am the door:”. 

     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 

Thought: 
Lord, at whose door dost Thou stand knocking? - At the rich man’s? at the righteous man’s? at the qualified and prepared man’s door? “No, It is at the lukewarm Laodiceans door; at their door who are neither hot nor cold, who are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. These are the worst of the worst, yet if any of them shall open the door, I will come in and sup with him, and he with Me.” Thomas Brooks
 

Poem:
Behold! a Stranger’s at the door;
He gently knocks, has knocked before;
Has waited long, is waiting still:
You treat no other friend so ill.
 
But will He prove a friend indeed?
He will, the very friend you need;
The Man of Nazareth, ‘tis He,
With garments dyed at Calvary.
 
O lovely attitude! He stands
With melting heart and laden hands:
O matchless kindness! and He shows
This matchless kindness to His foes.
 
Rise, touched with gratitude Divine;
Turn out His enemy and thine,
That soul-destroying monster, sin,
And let the heavenly stranger in.
 
Admit Him ere His anger burn;
His feet, depart, ne’er return:
Admit Him, or the hour’s at hand
When at His door denied you’ll stand.
                       Pastor Joseph Grigg, 1765
                                   Verse 4, line 3, alt
Knocking, knocking, who is there?
Waiting, waiting, O how fair!
‘Tis a Pilgrim, strange and kingly,
Never such was seen be-fore
Ah! my soul, for such a wonder,
Wilt thou not undo the door?
Knocking, knocking, still He’s there,
Waiting, waiting, wondrous fair;
But the door is hard to open,
For the weeds and Ivy-vine,
With their dark and clinging tendrils,
Ever round the hinges twine.
 Knocking, knocking—what! still there?
Waiting, waiting, grand and fair;
Yes, the piercèd hand still knocketh,
And beneath the crownèd hair
Beam the patient eyes, so tender,
Of thy Saviour, waiting there.
Mrs. Harriet B. Stowe, 1876
 
Next time we will look and quote what others have said concerning this grand and glorious subject I do trust this a blessing to your pilgrim heart and if you have yet to start that journey come along, we want you and all the Angels of heaven will rejoice with you.
God Bless You