THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THE ONLY DOOR INTO GOD’S PRESENCE
“I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” THIS is the “door” into the presence of God. By nature we are separated, yea, “alienated” from God. Sin as a barrier comes in between and bars us out of His holy presence. This is one of the first things a convicted soul is made conscious of. I am defiled and condemned, how can I draw near to God? I am made to realize my guilty distance from Him who is Light, how then can I be reconciled to Him? Then, from God’s Word, I learn heaven’s answer to these solemn questions.
The Lord Jesus has bridged that awful gulf which separated me from God. He bridged it by taking my place and being made a curse in my stead. And as the exercised soul bows to God’s sentence of condemnation, and receives by faith the marvelous provision which His grace has made, I, with all other believers, learn, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were afar off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13).
“I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” This is one of the precious words of Christ which is well worthy of prolonged meditation. A “door” speaks of easy ingress and is contrasted from the high walls in which it is set. There are no difficult walls which have to be scaled before the anxious sinner can obtain access to God. No, Christ is the “door” into His presence. A “door” may also be contrasted from a long, dreary, circuitous passage—just one step, and those on the outside are now within.
The soul that believes God’s testimony to the truth of salvation by Christ alone, at once enters God’s presence. But mark the definite article: “I am THE door.” There was only ONE door into the ark in which Noah and his family found shelter from the flood. There was only ONE door into the Tabernacle, which was Jehovah’s dwelling-place. So there is only ONE “door” into the presence of the Father—”Neither is there salvation in ANY OTHER: for there is NONE OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN, given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
And again, “I am the way,” said Christ. “No man cometh unto the Father but by ME” (John 14:6). Have YOU entered by this “door,” dear reader? Remember that a door is not to be looked at and admired, but to be used! Nor do you need to knock: the Door is open, and open for “any man” who will enter. Soon, though, the Door will be shut (see Luke 13:25), for the present Day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2) will be followed by the great Day of wrath (Rev. 6:17). Enter then while there is time.
Such are some of the simplest thoughts suggested by the figure of “the door.” What follows is an extract from an unknown writer who signed himself “J.B. Jr’: – “The door suggests the thought of the dwelling-place to which it is the means of entrance. Within we find the possession or portion of those who can by right enter by the door. Thus it is as a place set apart for its possessors from all that which is outside. In this way we may say it is a sanctuary. These things are rightly connected with a door, it being the only right way of entrance.”
“I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” Notice Christ did not say, “I am the door: if any man enter in, he shall be saved,” but, “BY ME if any man enter in.” MAN CANNOT ENTER OF HIMSELF, for being by nature “dead in trespasses and sins” he is perfectly helpless. It is only by Divine aid, by the impartation to us of supernatural power, that any can enter in and be saved. Without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5). Writing to the Philippians the apostle said, “For unto you IT IS GIVEN in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake” (John 1:29).
Not only is it a fact that no one can come to Christ except the Father draw him (John 6:44), but it is also true that none can come to the Father EXCEPT CHRIST EMPOWERS. This is very clear from the sixteenth verse of our chapter: “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I MUST BRING.” The “sheep” enter through the Door into God’s presence because Christ “BRINGS” them. Beautifully is this portrayed in Luke 15:5, 6: “And when he hath found it (the lost sheep), he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me.”
“I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” Seven things are enumerated in this precious verse. First, “I am the door”: Christ the only Way to God. Second “By Me if any man enter”: Christ the Imparter of power to enter. Third, “If any man enter”: Christ the Savior for Jew and Gentile alike. Fourth, “If any man enter in”: Christ appropriated by a single act of faith. Fifth, “he shall be saved”: Christ the Deliverer from the penalty, power, and presence of sin. Sixth, “he shall go in and out”: Christ the Emancipator from all bondage. Seventh, “and find pasture’’: Christ the Sustainer of His people.
Finally, it is blessed to see how the contents of this precious verse present Christ to us as the Fulfiller of the prophetic prayer of Moses: “And Moses spake unto the Lord, saying, Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd” (Num. 27:15-17).