IS THE DOOR
- The Door of the Sheepfold Ch.1
- The Door of the Sheep Ch.2
- The Door and the Good Shepherd? Ch.3
as the Door in N.T. Ch.4
as the Door in O.T. Ch.5
Shut Ch.6 Judgment
Must I Do to be Saved?
Christ, the Door #361. . . Ch.4
The Lord Is My Shepherd #829 . . .Ch.5
The Door #360 . . . Ch.5
Are You One of the Few? #952 . . . Ch.5
Journey to Eternity #894 . . . Ch.7
King James Version [KJV]
Verses with words in red,
is Jesus speaking.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto
him, I am the way, the truth,
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
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IS THE DOOR
is the Door, the only Door by which we must
access Heaven. Millions refuse to believe this fact. But,
the Bible says it is the Truth. Just because someone refuses
to believe it, doesn’t make it any less the Truth. A
fact is a fact! Truth is Truth!
Jesus is the Messiah (Christ). Most Jews will not accept Christ,
they are still looking for the Messiah. But, Messiah came!
He came in fulfillment of many Old Testament prophecies. He
came under the Law. “But when the fulness of the
time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made
under the law” (Gal. 4:4). He came in the line
of David according to prophecy (Luke 1:32). He was born in
Bethlehem according to prophecy (Mic. 5:2). Not only was He
in the line of David, but He was born of a virgin according
to prophecy (Isa. 7:14).
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth
a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out
of his roots: [KJV] By the time Jesus came, the royal
line of David had dropped back to the level of the peasant.
There was no more royalty. Jesse had been a lowly farmer in
Bethlehem. He raised sheep. His son, David, had the anointing
oil poured on him, and that line became the kingly line. But
when the Lord Jesus was born, He wasn’t born into royalty,
but instead peasants! Jesus was just a branch out of the stem
of Jesse, the peasant. Jesus was simply a carpenter and wore
a carpenter’s robe.
were fulfilled very accurately! Jesus was/is the Messiah.
No one else could have had the credentials that He had. NO
ONE! He makes
a tremendous claim in John chapter 10. Israel is the sheepfold;
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The prophet Ezekiel, when predicting
the coming of the Messiah, called Him a “Shepherd”
Messiah is Hebrew for God’s “anointed one”
(Jesus Christ) who came to save the world by taking the punishment
for our sins. The word Messiah is only in Daniel 9:25-26;
but He is spoken of all through the Old Testament starting
with Gen.3:15 as “the seed of the woman,”
Gen.22:18 as “the seed of Abraham,” Deut.
18:15 as the “Prophet like unto Moses,”
Psalm 110:4 as “the priest after the order of Melchizedek,”
Isaiah 11:1, 10 as “the rod out of the stem of Jesse,”
Isaiah 7:14 as the “Immanuel,” the virgin’s
son, Isaiah 4:2 as “the branch of the Lord,”
Malachi 3:1 as “the messenger of the covenant.”
Isaiah 61:1 speaks of Him as the “Anointed One”
and this is He “of whom Moses in the law and the
prophets did write” (John 1:45). Messiah
(Christ) cannot be overlooked! If any one
really wanted to know the Truth, all they have to do is open
the Old Testament and they will find Him without much delay.
Daniel’s prophecy in 9:24-26 clearly tell when Messiah
would come and when He would die. It also tells us about the
Great Tribulation. God does not try to hide things from us.
Let’s not be too blind to see just what He is trying
to show us in His Word!
DOOR OF THE SHEEPFOLD
verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into
the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is
a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door
is the shepherd of the sheep. [KJV] This
teaching of Jesus closely resembles the Parables. Jesus is
discussing the legitimate leaders of the sheep (Israel). He
is suggesting there were false leaders of God’s people
whose intentions were unsound. This still goes on world wide
today. Two things that set apart fraudulent leaders: (1.)
their entry into authority is wrong (v.1). Only Jesus has
true authority because of His credentials. He came in by the
gate, He did not “climb up some other way.”
(2.) A false leader’s voice won’t be recognized
by the sheep (v.3). Jesus and Jesus alone knows and is known
by the sheep.
This is taken from the customs of the East, in caring for
sheep. People are creatures who depend on their Creator, and
are called the sheep of His pasture. Sheepfolds were enclosures,
often made of stone fences or thorny bushes with just one
gate, and was intended to protect sheep from predators. Many
times the shepherd laid down to sleep in the gate of the sheepfold.
There was a unique closeness between the shepherd and the
sheep. Anything trying to get to the sheep, would have to
go through him.
The duties of a shepherd in an unfenced country could be very
burdensome. Early in the morning he would lead the flock from
the fold. He would not drive them, but walk ahead to the place
where they would be pastured. They followed him. He would
stay with them all day, day after day, making sure that none
of the sheep strayed or got into trouble. If any did happen
to wander off from the rest, he would search diligently until
he found it and brought it back. In those lands sheep needed
water regularly. The shepherd would guide them either to a
running stream or to dug wells in the wilderness where he
would furnish troughs for them to drink. Then at night he
brought the flock back to the sheepfold, counting them as
they came in, to make sure that none were missing. His work
did not always end with sunset. Often he had to guard the
fold through the night hours from the attack of wild beasts,
or the attempts of the prowling thief (1 Sam.17:34).
Israel was originally intended by God to be the sheep of His
pasture. But, when Jesus came, most of them rejected Him as
their Messiah. There were some then, and today who did/do
accept Him, but they are few. I think these people were/are
Today, born again believers (Jew or Gentile) in the world are the sheep of God. John 10:16 And
other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also
I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall
be one fold, and one shepherd. [KJV]
When the Jews rejected the Messiah, He turned to the Gentiles.
That too can be found in the Old Testament (Gen.12:3; 22:18;
49:10; Deut.32:21; Ps.46:10; 65:2; 66;4; Isa.55:5; 60:3-5;
65:1; Dan.7:13-14; Mic.4:3-4) just to name a few.
Great Shepherd of the sheep knows ALL that are His. He guards
us by His divine guidance, guides us by His Spirit and Word,
and goes before us, just as the Eastern shepherds went before
their sheep. The TRUE sheep of Christ will recognize their
Shepherd, and be very cautious and shy of strangers, who would
draw them away from faith in Him to falsehoods about Him.
10:3 To him the
porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth
his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out [KJV]
The porter is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God came upon
Jesus, and everything that He did and said, He did by the
power of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit opens the ears
of His sheep so that we hear His voice. His sheep have responded.
The religious rulers were spiritually blind and spiritually
deaf. They didn’t hear His voice. It’s the same
today! He calls out to people, they never hear Him! But He
calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. Do you know
that Jesus knows your name? Do you know He even knows the
number of hairs on you head? (Mat. 10:30). The blind man heard
Him call. Simon heard His call, and Jesus changed his name
to Peter. He called James and John, Nathanael and Philip.
He stopped under a tree in Jericho and called Zacchaeus. He
calls His sheep by name. I think at the Rapture, that His
call will have every believer’s name in it. I think
I’ll hear Him say personally, “Connie.”
How great that day will be! He knows my name, and He will
call it at that time. And He will call you if you are one
of His sheep. You will hear your name when He shouts from
10:4 And when he
putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the
sheep follow him: for they know his voice [KJV] When the shepherd gets ready to take his sheep out in
the morning, his sheep could be all mixed up with somebody
else’s sheep. For there is no brand or marking on the
sheep. How does he get his sheep? He calls them by name. The
sheep know their shepherd’s voice. When he starts out,
his sheep come out of the fold and follow him. They
know him. The
sheep follow him because they know his voice. This is a wonderful thing to know. Any time that we give out
the Word of God, Jesus is calling His sheep. Did you ever
think about that? The Spirit of God is the Porter who does
the opening, and the sheep will hear. The Lord will lead His
sheep out of a church where they’re not being fed. They
will follow Him. You can’t always fool God’s sheep.
Some may get into a cult for a while, but His sheep will recognize
the voice of the Shepherd. When a believer brings the Word
of God, the sheep will hear it. We can depend on that. John
10:27 My sheep
hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
I think that you can fool some of God’s people some
of the time, but I don’t think you can fool all of them
all the time. ome may think they hear Him, but one day they
discover that it is not His voice. Then they will turn to
the Truth because they know their Shepherd. What about those
who don’t hear Him? They don’t hear His voice
because they are not His sheep. Any time we find someone who
is eager for the Word of God, we know they are His sheep.
DOOR OF THE SHEEP
10:7–8 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are
thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
[KJV] Here Jesus gives another parable. He has spoken about
the door of the sheepfold. Now He says that He is the “Door”
of the sheep.
The Pharisees had just cast the blind man out of the synagogue,
out of the sheepfold (ch.9). Immediately the Lord Jesus went
to this man and revealed Himself to him. When the Lord revealed
Himself to the man, He became the Door for this man. The man
had been brought out of the sheepfold and to the Lord Jesus
Our Lord will state this same principle in John 15 when He
says, “I am the true
vine…. ye are the branches”
(John 15:1, 5). The vine in the Old Testament is a symbol
of the nation Israel. Jesus is saying that it is no longer
the connection with the nation Israel but the relationship
with Him, which is the joining of the branches with the Vine.
Israel must come out from Judaism, come out from ritualism,
and come to Him. He is saying that He is the Door. Remember,
He is talking to the religious rulers, and many of them did
come to Him after His resurrection (Acts 6:7).
am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh
not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come
that they might have life, and that they might have it more
abundantly [KJV] Jesus Christ is the
Door! He is the only Way. He is the only Way out of sin and
its penalty for you; and He is the only Way into eternal life
for you. He has come to bring us an abundant life. Abundant
= superior in quality; exceeding abundantly, very high quality,
beyond measure. In other words, what Jesus offers us is absolutely the best there is!
The thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. I think
this is a test you can apply to a church, a religious organization,
and/or a radio or television program. Is it teaching Jesus
and Him crucified? Or is it teaching some false doctrine?
Is someone always begging for money? “Send me $$$ and
I will pray for you. Send me $$$ and your sickness will go
away. Send me $$$ and you will be healed. Send me $$$ and
you will come into a fortune.” Ridiculous!!! This is nothing but a religious racket! Someone is getting
rich on God’s Word, and to me this is absolutely blasphemous!
Compare this to the Good Shepherd who came to save sinners
and to give us life, abundantly, both in this life and the
life to come.
Jesus does NOT mean everything will go great for you all the
time. Quite the contrary; He tells us to expect trials and
tribulations. Matthew 11:29 Take
my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly
in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
(KJV) We can carry heavy burdens of sin, oppression and persecution,
worry, depression, doubt, weariness in the search for God,
etc. Jesus can free people from all burdens. The “rest”
that Jesus promises is love, joy, and peace with God, not
the end of all labor. A relationship with Jesus changes a
meaningless life into an abundant life!
Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning
the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange
thing happened unto you: (KJV) Sometimes bad
things happen to God's children. When it does, don’t
ask “Why me?” Ask yourself “Why not?”
Jesus suffered, we too will suffer. Consider
this; no matter what trouble may come your way, Jesus will
walk with you through it! Is that not sufficient? (2 Cor.12:9).
1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall
into divers temptations; [KJV] Only a person of faith
can do this! Most will say “How can I be joyful when
I have all this trouble?”
Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for
he careth for you. (KJV) Put your troubles in His capable
Hands! He will give you rest.
Christ Jesus is the Door for BOTH Jew and Gentile. He is the
Door of salvation. John 8:32 And
ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
(KJV) Jesus Himself is the Truth that sets us free. He is
the source of Truth and the perfect standard of what is right.
He frees us from the consequences of sin, from self-deception,
and from deception by Satan. He is the only Way to eternal
life with God. Jesus does not give us freedom to do what we
want, but freedom to follow God. As we willingly serve God,
Jesus’ perfect Truth frees us to be all that God meant
for us to be.
8:36 If the Son
therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
(KJV) Praise Him!
DOOR and THE GOOD SHEPHERD?
am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for
the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd,
whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth
the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth
the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling,
and careth not for the sheep [KJV] How
can Jesus be both the Door AND the Shepherd
at the same time? In fact, there was not a door that swung
on hinges and it did not have a padlock to secure the sheepfold. The man who guarded it slept across the doorway so
that he himself was the door. Jesus is not only the
Door but He is also the Good Shepherd, the One who stays in
the doorway; keeping an ever watchful eye on His sheep. He
is the Door, the only One that opens up to eternal life in
Heaven. He is the One who protects His own; and He is also
the Good Shepherd who watches over us constantly. Should we
slip and fall over a cliff, He is there to help us back up.
Jesus is also called the Lamb of God. How can He be the Lamb
of God and at the same time be the Good Shepherd, and the Door? Am I getting a little off track
here? No! They all tie together and it is one of the most
wonderful Truths in Scripture. Jesus is the “Lamb
of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”
(John 1:29). He came down to Earth as Man and identified Himself
with us who are the sheep; but He also is the Shepherd who
takes care of the sheep. The fact that He became a Lamb shows
the humanity of Christ Jesus. The fact that He is the Good
Shepherd shows the deity of Christ. He was/is 100% God and
100% Man. He alone was worthy
and able to save us. No other human being could do this; Jesus
had to be God.
The Lord Jesus has a threefold relationship to His sheep which
are known as His church. First of all He is the Good Shepherd,
and He defines the Good Shepherd in verse 11: “I
am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for
the sheep.” He is also the Great
Shepherd, for we read in the magnificent benediction as follows. Hebrews 13:20-21
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the
blood of the everlasting covenant,  Make you perfect in
every good work to do his will, working in you that which
is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom
be glory for ever and ever. Amen. [KJV]
So today He is the Great Shepherd of the sheep, as seen in
Psalm 23. But that does not give us the total picture. He
is also the Chief Shepherd. This speaks of the future. 1
Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear,
ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
[KJV] Jesus’ watchcare
for the sheep is never ending! He watches
over us in this life, and He makes sure we make it to our
“mansion” in Heaven.
The hireling does not care for the sheep. Founders of some
of the world religions did very little to help their followers.
Modern cult leaders actually get rich off the people. What
a contrast is the Good Shepherd who gives His life for the
sheep. He protects His own in
this world and will prepare us for the world to come. He will
never leave nor forsake us, ever!
AS THE DOOR
In The New Testament
When saying Jesus is the Door, it also means He is the Way,
the Path, the Road, etc. Let’s see what the New Testament
has to say.
14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I
am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me. (KJV) This is one
of the most basic and important passages in Scripture. How
do we find the way to God? Only through Jesus. Jesus is the
Way because He is both God and Man. When we unite our lives
with His, we unite our lives with God the Father. When we
trust Jesus to take us to the Father, all the benefits and
blessings of being God’s child belong to us.
Jesus says He is the ONLY Way to God the Father. So many people
argue that this Way is far too narrow, but the Truth is, it
is wide enough for the whole world, if the world chooses to
accept it. As the Way, Jesus is our Path to the Father. As
the Truth, He is actually what all God’s Promises are
based on. As the Life, He unites His divine life to our life,
both now and eternally.
5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into
this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory
of God. (KJV) As believers, we stand in a place of great
privilege. We are God’s children! Not only has God forgiven
us and declared us not guilty because of Jesus; he has drawn
us close to Himself.
Our faith allows us to walk through the Door into the absolute
and amazing grace of God. By being God’s children because
of belief in Jesus, we are entitled to many blessings that
unbelievers cannot have. All this comes about only through
Jesus! We must go through Him to get to the Father in Heaven
and to receive the tremendous blessings God has for us.
2:18 For through him we both have access by one
Spirit unto the Father. (KJV) It is only through Christ
that anyone, Jews or Gentiles, are able to come in the one
Spirit into the Presence of the Father. Neither Jews nor Gentiles
can be saved by good deeds, knowledge, religious rites, or
sincerity. ALL people need to hear about the salvation available
only through Jesus. When we go through the Door, we are brought
near to Him. Only through the Person, sacrifice, and mediation
of Christ, are sinners allowed to draw near to God as a Father,
and are permitted into His awesome Presence.
9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the
way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while
as the first tabernacle was yet standing: (KJV) The Most
Holy Place was the most sacred spot on Earth for the Jews.
Only the high priest could enter. The other priests and the
common people were forbidden to come into the room. Their
only access to God was through the high priest, who would
offer a sacrifice and use the animal’s blood to atone
first for his own sins and then for the people’s sins.
This all changed at the death of our Lord Jesus.
27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was
rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did
quake, and the rocks rent; (KJV) The temple had three
main parts: the courts, the Holy Place (where only the priests
could enter), and the Most Holy Place (where only the high
priest could enter just once a year, to atone for the sins
of the nation Leviticus 16:1-35). The curtain separating the
Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was torn in two at Christ’s
death. This symbolized that the barrier between God and humanity
was removed because Jesus, the Son’s Sacrifice had been
accepted by God the Father. Now ALL people are free to approach
God because of Christ’s Sacrifice for our sins. Christ
is the Door, the only Door, that we can use to access the
Throne of God. No one is welcome
at God’s magnificent Throne unless they go through Jesus!
10:19-20 Having therefore, brethren, boldness
to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  By a
new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through
the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (KJV) The Most Holy
Place in the temple was sealed from view by a curtain. It
is my understanding that this curtain (veil) was very high
and very thick. No mere human could possibly have torn it,
especially top to bottom (Matthew 27:51 above). That curtain
was torn by the power of God, no other way. It was Jesus’
death that removed the curtain, and since that time, ALL believers
may go into God’s Presence, at His Almighty Throne,
at any time. Our way to Heaven is ONLY by a crucified Saviour,
Jesus the Door!
7:14 Because strait
is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it. (KJV)
The gate that leads to eternal life is called “narrow.”
This does not mean that it is difficult to become a Christian,
but that there is only one way to live eternally with God
and only a few that ever decide to walk on that road. Believing
in Jesus is the only way to Heaven, because He alone died
for our sins and can make us right before God. He is the Gate
and He is the Way! Living His way may not be popular, but
it is true and right. Thank God for Him today!
Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious
ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken
of. (KJV) Though the way of error is a hurtful way, many
are always ready to walk there. Let us be careful that we
never blaspheme the Holy Name whereby we are called, or to
speak evil of the way of salvation by Christ Jesus, who is
the Way, the Truth, and the Life. False teachers deceive the hearts of their followers. They are
condemned by God, and the wrath of God abides upon them. Sin
is the work of darkness (Satan), and the wages of sin is death
(Hell). But when God sends destruction on the ungodly, He
commands deliverance for the righteous. Let the sins of others
be troubling to us. While wicked men often escape suffering
here, they are kept to the day of judgment, to be punished
with the devil and his angels (Mat.25:41). Let us pray for
lost souls, that they may see and go through the Door before
it’s too late.
is but one “Door” into Heaven,
Christ, God’s Son, whom to us is given.
Without Jesus, you’re God’s enemy,
Acceptance of Him makes you sin free.
children have one qualification,
The Blood of Christ, gives us salvation.
We then have a privilege held in store,
We can enter Heaven, thru’ the “Door”.
for e’er, and liberty,
No more devil’s prison, we are free.
Access to the Father and His love,
Just thru’ the “Door” that will lead above.
A river of water, clear and pure,
And there’s a tree of life; so grandeur!
Almighty God shall take care of His own,
All who go thru’ the “Door”, when it’s shown!
Scripture verses to check out.
(Rev.22:1-2; Jn.10:7; 14:6; Ro.5:2; Ep.2:18;
The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus is the only Way to access
Heaven. Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth,
the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for
ever. (KJV) God’s Word is TRUE. Please believe
it. It will never lead you wrong!
AS THE DOOR
In The Old Testament
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path
of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand
there are pleasures for evermore. (KJV) Jesus devotes
Himself to the honor of God, in the service of the saints.
Saints on Earth we must be, or we shall never be saints in
Heaven. Who are the “saints”? All those who are
renewed by the grace of God, and are devoted to the glory
of God; these are the saints on Earth. Only
Jesus can make a person a “saint.” NO mortal man
can do this. When we believe on Jesus (John 1:12-13), we are
“born again” and we then become saints (God’s
children). Without going through Jesus, we will never be saints,
and never even “see” Heaven let alone
go there! (John 3:3).
Most people look at the world for what they can get out of
it. They place their happiness in the enjoyments of it. But
this is not the way we should view happiness. We should strive
for the love and favor of God, and to be accepted by Him.
This present day Earth will one day be destroyed (Ps.102:25-27;
Isa.24:19-20; 51:6; Mat.5:18; 24:3; 24:14, 29-31; 24:35-39;
Mark 13:24-37; Luke 21:26-36; Heb. 1:10-12; 2 Pet. 3:10-13;
Rev. 20:11; 21:1). It is only temporary! And all the
things in it are temporary! We, as God’s children
(saints), should be concerned about permanent things.
6:19-21 Lay not
up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not
break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.
[KJV] To be worldly-minded is a common and fatal symptom of
hypocrisy. There is no other sin that Satan can get a faster
hold of the soul. Satan makes people think this is the best
thing; to have pleasure and confidence above other things.
But Jesus wants us to make our best things the joys
and glories of the other world. Those things not
seen which are eternal --- those are the things that we should
place our happiness in.
What Is Spiritual Treasure??? Treasure is something you consider of great or high value.
Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge
shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation:
the fear of the Lord is his treasure. [KJV] Is
wisdom, knowledge, strength of salvation and fearing (reverencing)
the Lord, really a treasure to you?
Col. 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge. [KJV] Only
in God the Father and Jesus, His Son are all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge. Are you taking any courses from them?
2 Cor. 4:6-7 For God, who commanded the
light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in
the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in
earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of
God, and not of us. [KJV] ALL
believers have a precious treasure within them; the light
and power of Jesus that now shines within us. This treasure is
held in our weak bodies, so everyone can see that our glorious
power is from God and is not our own. Do you consider the
light and power of Jesus a treasure?
Philip. 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count
all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of
Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of
all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, [KJV] Do you count everything
else as worthless when you compare it with the priceless gain
of knowing Christ Jesus as your Lord? Do you discard everything
else, and count it all as garbage, so that you may have Christ?
Do you consider Jesus your best and most highly prized Possession?
Is Jesus your Treasure?
God requires our whole heart, and will not share it with the
world. When two masters oppose each other, no man can serve
both. He who holds to the world and loves it, must despise
God; he who loves God, must give up the friendship of the
world. In this world sorrow is our lot, but in Heaven there
is joy, a fullness of joy; our pleasures here on Earth are
for a moment, but those at God’s right hand are pleasures
for evermore. Only by going through Jesus, will God show us
the path of life. Jesus is the Path!
23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth
me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth
me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 
Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I willfear
no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they
comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence
of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth
over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the
days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
for ever. [KJV]
Only when we allow Jesus, our Shepherd to guide us, can we
have true contentment. But when we choose to sin, we go our
own way and cannot blame God for the wrong pastures we end
up in. Our Shepherd knows the green pastures and quiet waters
that will restore us. We reach these places only when we follow
Him obediently. When we rebel against the Shepherd’s
leading, we actually rebel against our own best interests.
We must remember this the next time we are tempted to go our
own way rather than the Shepherd’s way. Only Jesus,
our Shepherd is the Path we must follow if we want to “dwell
in the house of the Lord for ever.”
12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and
in the pathway thereof there is no death. (KJV) Jesus,
the Way is righteousness. Jesus the Way is life. Jesus the
Way leads where there is NO eternal death. For so many, death
is a dark door at the end of life, and a black tunnel leading
to an unknown and feared destiny. But for God’s people,
death is a bright pathway to a new and better life. Death
is the beginning of eternal life for believers. Death is not
final, but is just another step in the eternal life we received
when we trusted and followed Him (John 5:24). Jesus is the
only Way, the only Door to Heaven!
LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
Shepherd is Jesus, my Lord,
I will follow Him, in willing accord.
Trusting completely, I’ll follow Him,
For He lightens my path, it’s never dim.
not want, He fills all my needs,
My thirst and hunger, He always feeds.
He restores my soul to righteousness,
So many ways, my Shepherd does bless.
me only in paths that are right,
And He never lets me out of His sight.
For His Name’s sake, He does all these things,
Leading me on, to life everlasting.
thru’ death’s shadowy valley I walk,
His Presence is near, as my fears He stalks.
His rod and His staff, they comfort me,
I’ll continue to follow Him joyously.
and refreshed; my Shepherd provides,
Tho’ enemies are near, in Him I confide.
My cup runs over, I have perfect joy,
His wisdom, love and pow’r, I do employ.
and mercy shall follow me,
Here on Earth, and on thru’ eternity.
One day I shall dwell in His Home on high,
For my Shepherd states that I qualify.
107:7 And he led them forth by the right way,
that they might go to a city of habitation. (KJV) Lost,
hungry, thirsty, and exhausted, these wanderers represent
the Israelites in exile. But they also represent anyone who
has not found the contentment and satisfaction that comes
from knowing God. If a person recognizes his or her own lostness
and helplessness, they can receive the offer of Jesus to satisfy
all these needs. Jesus is the Way (John 14:6), Jesus is the
Bread from Heaven (John 6:33, 35), Jesus is the Living Water
(John 4:10-14), and Jesus is the Giver of Rest (Matthew 11:28-30).
Have you accepted His life-giving offer? He is the only Door
that leads to God the Father who lives in Heaven.
2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence,
and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall
sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day
when she came up out of the land of Egypt. (KJV) In this
verse, God was promising (1) to bring the people to the desert,
a place free from distractions, so that He could clearly communicate
with them, and (2) to change what had been a time of hardship
into a day of hope. The Valley of Achor (trouble) is the place
where Achan had sinned, by keeping forbidden war plunder (Jos.7).
He had brought great a catastrophe to Joshua’s troops
when they were attempting to conquer the land. God uses even
our negative experiences to create chances for us to turn
back to Him. As you face problems and trials, remember that
God speaks to you in the desert too, not just in times of
prosperity. Jesus is our only Door of Hope in these days in
which we live.
were no door; we’d not enter Heav’n,
But by God’s precious grace, a “DOOR” He’s
Serenity, blissful peace, and much more,
Await in Heav’n, when we go thru’ the “DOOR”.
don’t use God’s “DOOR”, we can’t
This “DOOR” is God’s Son, who’ll remove
Heav’n was made perfect by the Creator,
If you want to go, you must use the “DOOR”.
is the “DOOR”, and the only one,
Heav’n can be entered, by Him alone!
Our loving Saviour, whom we should adore,
Wants you in Heaven, and He is the “DOOR”.
Scripture verses to check out.
(Jn.10:7; 14:6; Ro.5:2; Ep.2:18; Heb.9:8; Heb.10:19-20)
Only Jesus can bridge the tremendous gap between God and mankind.
Only Jesus can give you access to the Father’s majestic
Throne of grace. Only Jesus can guide you and keep you on
that strait and narrow path. Only Jesus can make your darkest
day seem bright and cheerful. Only Jesus can help you pass
through the storms of this life. Only Jesus can give you peace
and joy. Only Jesus can give you contentment you never even
knew existed. Only Jesus can show you truly awesome love.
Only Jesus has the Key to Heaven’s gate, that leads
to the street of gold and that mansion He has promised.
YOU ONE OF THE FEW?
in the past have felt Your Hand,
And You’ve blessed their efforts, thru’ out the
For when You called, they did not turn away,
They willingly loved, trusted and obeyed.
invitations, You do send,
It’s so sad that most, You do offend.
But the few who accept are privileg’d indeed,
For Your awesome touch, they did heed.
privileg’d and special am I,
For the Lord’s call, I did not deny.
On my own, I’d never be worthy,
But praise God, His Son gives vict’ry.
privileg’d to be one of the few,
For Lord, I believe, and follow You.
You have touched me in a special way,
And Lord, I’ll be grateful, all my days.
the favored ones, you can be too,
You can be one of the privileg’d few.
Jesus is knocking at your heart’s door,
Open to Him for blessings, for ever more!
Only by going through the Door, can you ever be one of the
ew! God has made only one Way of access to Him and His Home,
Heaven! I pray you have gone through the Door. If not, do
One day the Door to Heaven will be shut. This is well illustrated
by the following parable.
25:1-13 Then shall
the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took
their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  And
five of them were wise, and five were foolish.  They that
were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom
cometh; go ye out to meet him.  Then all those virgins
arose, and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said unto
the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not
enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell,
and buy for yourselves.  And while they went to buy, the
bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him
to the marriage: and the door was shut.  Afterward came
also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you
not.  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor
the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Our Lord told this parable to make it more clear by what it
means to “be ready” for His return and just how
we should live until He does come. In the story of the ten
virgins (bridesmaids), He teaches that every person is responsible
for his or
her own spiritual condition.
parable is about a wedding. In those days, on the wedding
day the bridegroom went to the bride’s house for the
ceremony; then the bride and groom, along with all the guests,
returned to the groom’s house where a feast took place;
which often lasted a full week.
These ten virgins were waiting to join the procession to go
back to the groom’s house, and they hoped to take part
in the wedding banquet. But when the groom didn’t come
at the time he was expected to come; five of them ran out
of oil for their lamps. By the time they had bought oil to
replenish their lamps, it was too late to join the feast.
When Jesus returns at the Rapture to take His people home
to Heaven (His House), we must be ready. This preparation
for our spiritual condition cannot be bought or borrowed at
the last minute. Our relationship with God must be our own;
it must be a ‘personal’ thing. As Christians we
“profess” to serve Christ, to honor Him, to love
Him, also to be waiting for His coming. TRUE Christians are
the wise virgins, and hypocrites are the foolish ones. Many
profess Christ with their mouth, but do not have Him in their
hearts. Their hearts are not filled with holy attitudes, which
is brought about by the Spirit of God. The “oil”
in this parable symbolizes the Holy Spirit of God! Our light
must shine before men in good works; so we must keep enough
oil on hand. We must not run out of oil for our lamps! Let
the Spirit control every aspect of your life; and by allowing
Him to do so, your light most certainly will shine out to
all slumbered and slept, but the wise virgins kept their lamps
burning. The difference between the wise and foolish virgins
is that some had the Holy Spirit and some did not.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh,
but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in
you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none
of his. [KJV]
are not controlled by our sinful nature. We are controlled
by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in us.
And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ
living in them are not Christians at all.
Far too many Christians grow negligent and neglectful in their
association with God; and one careless slip up makes way for
another. Continual slumber will lead to spiritual decay. When
Christ comes at the Rapture, will we be ready? Will we be
prepared? Even those best prepared for death have work to
do to actually get ready.
Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye
look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of
him in peace, without spot, and blameless. [KJV]
The day of the Rapture should greatly concern us. Just how
will our Lord find us when He returns? If you are living short
of the true grace of God, you will certainly be grasping for
His grace in that day. An outward profession of faith may
light a man’s path in this world, but “the
valley of the shadow of death” will put out all
such lights. Those that would be saved, must have grace of
their own; and those that have most grace, have none to spare.
The best Christians always need more wondrous grace from Christ.
To keep a constant supply of His amazing grace, we must keep
a constant and continual personal relationship with Him. Only
those that are All wise
and are ready here on Earth, shall go to Heaven. Should our
death come with great suddenness by some freak accident, or
should Christ come for the church at the Rapture, nothing
will hinder our happiness, for we will be with Him, if we
When the door is locked or shut (verse 10) many will seek
to gain admission into Heaven, but it will be too late! The
vanity of the hypocrites, that causes them to have confidence,
will lead them in hopes of happiness, but the unexpected summons
of death one day will alarm these false Christians. These
will knock and cry out: “Open to us”
but to no avail! The “Bridegroom” (Jesus) will
answer: “I don’t
know you!” What a sad and miserable
time this will be for them! We must proceed without delay
to get our lives in order, for His grace will cause our light
to shine more brightly; while the hypocrite’s life shows
that his lamp is getting dimmer and dimmer by the minute.
We must keep watch and attend to the business of our souls.
We must be in the fear (reverence) of the Lord all the day
long, every day that we live, for we know not when the Bridegroom
will come! Are you ready? Are
you a “wise virgin”? I don’t think you want
Jesus to say to you: “I don’t know you.”
The “virgins” in this parable represent
all Christians, female and male (Gal.3:28). Don’t be
just a ‘professing’ Christian! Be a Christian
that ‘possesses’ Christ in their heart and soul!
7:21-23 Not every
one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is
in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy
name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess
unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
[KJV] We can NEVER fool Jesus, for He is God and knows all
to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you,
will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  When once
the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the
door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door,
saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and
say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
(KJV) Finding salvation requires more real effort than most
people are willing to put forth. Clearly we cannot save ourselves.
There is NO way we can work ourselves into God’s favor.
What it means “to enter through the narrow door”
is sincerely desiring to know Jesus and diligently striving
to follow Him whatever the cost. We cannot put off making
this decision because the door will not stay open forever.
We don’t know when it will be shut and locked.
“Strive to enter in
at the strait gate” is a command
from God, directed to each of us! Strive means to exert yourself,
to really try. Some times we may actually struggle, but we
can do it! Jesus is there to help us. We can enter that Gate
(Door) and we can stay on that narrow road with His help!
And whatever you do, don’t wait too long. You do NOT
want to hear: “I don’t
3:7 And to the
angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith
he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of
David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth,
and no man openeth;  I know thy works: behold, I have set
before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou
hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not
denied my name. (KJV)
key of David represents Christ’s authority to open the
door into His future Kingdom. After the door is opened and
a person goes in, no one can close it; salvation is assured.
But once it is closed, no one can open it. Judgment is sure
and certain. NO one can avoid this Judgment.
This same Jesus has the key of authority in the church today.
He opens a door of opportunity to His churches; He opens a
door of utterance to His ministers; He opens a door of entrance
to the heart. But, He also shuts the door of Heaven against
all the foolish ones, who sleep through this day of grace;
and shuts the door against all workers of iniquity, no matter
how vain and confident they think they are.
The church in Philadelphia is praised; but with a gentle reproof.
Believers must not be satisfied with a little strength, but
strive to grow in grace, and be strong in faith; never ceasing
to give glory to God. Christ promises us preserving grace
in our most trying times, as a reward for faithfulness. Those
who are true to Him in a time of ease, shall be kept by Him
in our hour of temptation. The same Divine grace makes us
fruitful in times of peace, and makes us faithful in times
of trouble. Christ promises a glorious reward to the victorious
believer. Don’t wait for the DOOR to close.
Judgment is referring to God’s holy and divine Judgment,
reserved for the end of the age. At that time, each and every
person will stand before God and will be found “guilty”
or “innocent” based upon his or her rejection
or acceptance of Christ Jesus. No one can hide from
it. ALL people who have ever lived will have their turn before
the Great Judge.
There will be two different Judgments. One for the righteous
(believers, God’s children), and one for all workers
of iniquity (unbelievers, the devil’s children). There
will be two resurrections. Even Daniel knew this all those
12:1-2 And at that time shall Michael stand up,
the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:
and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since
there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time
thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found
written in the book.  And many of them that sleep in the
dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and
some to shame and everlasting contempt. [KJV] This is
a clear reference to the resurrection of both the righteous
and the wicked, although the eternal end of each will be quite
different. This is a reference
to a bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost.
5:29 And shall
come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection
of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection
of damnation. (KJV) Jesus also tells
us there will be two
20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them,
and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them
that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word
of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his
image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads,
or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ
a thousand years.  But the rest of the dead lived not again
until the thousand years were finished. This is the first
resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in
the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power,
but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall
reign with him a thousand years. [KJV]
Passage also tells us of the two resurrections.
Those in the first resurrection are blessed and holy. But
the rest of the dead (the wicked, unbelievers) of all times
will not be resurrected until after the Millennium. All of
these souls are condemned to Hell (second
death, lake of fire, everlasting destruction). Each and
every single sin these people ever committed will be judged.
There will be some very moral people here; good as the world sees it. But they would not believe and accept
Jesus for the full pardon to their sins, so God considers
them “sinners” (John 8:24; 16:9). God
considers the wicked (sinners) to be ALL those who refused
to go through the Door.
Those in the first resurrection are blessed and holy (verse
6). All their sins have been forgiven them. They have been
made right in God’s sight by the precious Blood of Jesus
(Rom.5:1-10). We will be judged
on many things, but our sins is not one of them. See: “What
Is The Purpose Of The Judgment Seat?”
25:31-34 When the
Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels
with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he
shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth
his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep
on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then shall
the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed
of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world: (KJV)
followers will be separated from pretenders and unbelievers.
Again I tell you, God knows the difference! He can see and read our hearts. The real evidence of our belief
is the way we act.
Jesus used sheep and goats to picture the division between
believers and unbelievers. Sheep and goats often grazed together
but were separated when it came time to shear the sheep.
In verse 34 Jesus talks about those who have gone through
the Door! He gently tells us that we are blessed by God the
Father, and that we will inherit the Kingdom prepared for
us long, long ago.
Matthew 25:46 And
these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous
into life eternal. (KJV) This verse speaks
of the two options people have today. Hell OR Heaven! Which
option have you chosen? I pray it’s the Door to Heaven.
on a journey, to eternity,
Just what will your destination be?
Only two roads from which you can choose,
The narrow road you win, the wide one, you lose!
your journey, you speed,
Be careful, that warning signs you heed.
Two diff’rent guides, will attempt to lead you,
One a deceiver, the other One true!
eternity, as you journey,
Your destination, you choose freely.
Many will be, on that road so wide,
But only a “few” with Christ will abide!
important, is this journey you take,
Critical, is the decision you make.
In Heaven, you can live joyously,
Hell will bring only agony!
journey, to eternity,
Ponder, what will your destination be?
Jesus can give you Heaven’s grand key,
Satan can give only agony!
precise road are you on today?
Only Jesus can show the right way!
Just He can lead you to Heav’n above,
Trust Him to guide you in perfect love.
MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
There are two groups of people on the Earth today:
Believers who are the children of God, and
Unbelievers who are the children of the devil
John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest,
and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness
is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
difference between God's children and the Devil’s children
is super clear! IF you do not do what is right, IF you do
not love others, you are not God’s child; you belong
to the devil’s family.
who is now a child of God was once a child of the devil. Because
of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden (Gen.2:16;
3:1-7), their sin was transferred to the entire human race.
We ALL are born with a sinful nature (Psalm 58:3) from day
one! We ALL are sinners (Rom.3:10,23). We ALL need the forgiveness
and salvation that only Christ Jesus can offer. NO one is
exempt! Until we turn to Christ to save us from the penalty
of sin (Hell), and from God’s
wrath (Rom.5:1-10), we are doomed to everlasting destruction
in the fires of Hell (Mat.25:41),
along with the devil.
Only belief in Jesus, by faith, can bring us forgiveness of
our sins, make God our Friend instead of our enemy, and guarantee
us a mansion in Heaven for eternity, thus saving us! Without
Jesus we are walking on that huge wide road that leads to
Hell. We need to get on the narrow road
that leads to Heaven. We need to be saved!
3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous,
no, not one: [KJV]
3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God; [KJV]
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son
hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall
not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. [KJV]
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto
him, Verily, verily, I say
unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom
of God. [KJV]
John 1:12-13 But as many as received
him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even
to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not
of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of
man, but of God. [KJV]
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I
am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me. [KJV]
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation
in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved. [KJV]
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record,
that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in
his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that
hath not the Son of God hath not life. [KJV]
Matthew 7:13-14 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. [KJV]
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