Doorway To Heaven
The doorway to heaven isn’t a literal door but rather a series of actions one must perform prior to qualifying for entry into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said in [John 10:9]“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” So we see; before one can qualify for entry through the doorway to heaven; that person must be saved. Saved from what you might be asking? Saved from the godless culture of this world and its effect upon mankind. There will be no godless people in heaven. There is a special place reserved for them. Only those who are conscious of God’s love and His will for their life will qualify for entry into the kingdom of God. And if we are to understand what Jesus means by “I am the door” we will have to understand who Jesus is – and we will find the answer to our inquiry of who Jesus is at the very beginning of the Gospel of John. [John 1:1-5 & 14] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) And all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (4) In Him (The Word of God) was life, and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (14) And the Word became flesh (Jesus) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The door that Jesus is talking about is the door that separates the natural world from the kingdom of God. Those who find the door will be saved, or as Jesus put it in [John 10:9] they can go in and out of God’s kingdom and find “pasture”. The pasture Jesus is referring to is ‘Life saving nutrition’ for the spirit and soul of man who has accepted the finished work of Christ Jesus and has been approved by God Himself. The physical body of man cannot enter into the kingdom of God at this time because of the sin that is in it. And it will not be allowed into the kingdom of God until after it has been changed by the resurrection unto life, or by the immediate transformation of it when the Rapture of the Church occurs. The Holy Spirit is the One who stands guard over the entrance of the kingdom of God and no one can enter into the kingdom unless they are admitted by the Spirit of God. Jesus makes this very plain in [John 10:3] “To Him the Gatekeeper (who is the Holy Spirit) opens.” And in verse (7) Jesus said, “I am the door of the sheep.” So we see three persons working in union. (1) The Holy Spirit guarding the way into the kingdom, (2) Jesus is the door of the kingdom. And (3) the Word of God is the life saving nutrition or the pasture of the kingdom.
In this natural world there is only natural food to meet the needs of the natural body of man; and for the spirit and soul of natural man there is only the perverted spiritual sewage Satan provides from which the spirit and soul of natural man draws its nourishment. Not only is the sewage provided by Satan disgusting to ingest, it is the cause of sickness, disease and death in the body of man, as well as every other malady known to mankind. The spiritual part of natural man is considered to be dead because it is separated from God by sin and is not aware of who God is; and until that separated spirit becomes knowledgeable of the presence of God, it has no interest in the things of God. Therefore God commands those who know the truth to share His truth with those who don’t.
Now we see in the opening stanza of the Gospel of John in verse fourteen that Jesus is the physical human body that God put on His Word to reveal the nature and life of God to lost man. His people could not see the LIFE in the Law Moses gave them, so God sent His Word clothed in a fleshly body to present Himself to them. Those who accept this truth and make it (Jesus/Word of God) the Lord of their life will be allowed to enter into and out of the kingdom of God at their pleasure. When God began to implement His plan for the salvation of lost man, God put a fleshly body He named Jesus on His Word and sacrificed that perfectly sinless physical human body as a sin offering unto Himself for the sins of man that separated him (man) from his Creator. So we see that God Himself paid the ultimate price for our redemption. We can make this statement with complete confidence because the fleshly body of Jesus was completely submitted to the Word of God that lived in Him, and the Word of God was totally committed to its fleshly body that God the Father had clothed Him with. Therefore when speaking of The Word of God which is ‘Spirit and Truth’ [John 17:17] and Jesus ‘the man’ [John 1:14] we are speaking of the same person. They are one and were in complete agreement with one another on everything they did on this earth. So when we talk about Jesus, we are talking about the physical body of the Word of God, and when we talk about the Word of God, we are talking about the Spirit of the Word of God that lived inside the physical body of Jesus that was sacrificed unto God for the sins of man. We cannot separate the one from the other. When Jesus was born into the earth, the Word of God took up residence in His body, and for all time the Word of God will dwell in that Body. However there was one time when the physical body of Jesus and the Word of God were separated for three days. That was when the fleshly body of Jesus went into the grave, and the Word of God spent those three day in hell paying the ultimate spiritual sacrifice for the sins of the unregenerated spirits of lost man. Flesh could not pay for our spiritual sins, and spirit cannot pay the penalty for the sins of the flesh. The Flesh of Jesus had to die for the sins of the flesh of earthly man, and the Word of God had to pay the penalty for the sin of the unregenerated spirits of man, therefore the body of Jesus went to the grave, and the Spirit within Him went into hell. And when the sin penalty was met; the Word of God arose from that place victorious over death, hell, and the grave; returned to the earthly grave where His physical body rested; and once again took upon Himself the fleshly body of Jesus; walked among man to prove to His followers that He was alive; ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father until earth would be made His footstool. Never again will the physical body of Jesus and the Word of God be separated from one another. The body of Jesus will forever clothe the Word of God, however when the Word of God returns to earth and closes out the ages; He will return as,“The Word of God.” He will not be returning as the man Jesus. He is the Almighty Word of God, the very Son of God, He is the Alpha and the Omega of God, as John tells us in chapter one of his gospel, “He was in the beginning with God, and all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” In other words the Word of God is the ingredient that holds all things in creation together. And on His blood stained vesture will be written the words, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” [Revelation chapter 19] Praise God. Those blood stains on His vesture are from the fleshly body of Jesus that was killed and whose blood was shed for the redemption of the physical bodies of the children of God that they will wear throughout eternity. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord.
So we see the Holy Spirit is the Gatekeeper who guards the entrance into the kingdom of God, and it is the Word of God that is the luscious pasture we partake of when we get there. But before we can enter in through the door into the kingdom and partake of that luscious pasture; our filthy unregenerated spirit person has to be washed clean of its filth. That is the job of the blood that was shed by the physical body of the Word of God that was sacrificed unto God for the remission of our sins. The blood of Jesus is the cleansing agent the Holy Spirit uses to “Wash those old unregenerated human spirits whiter than snow.” And the Holy Spirit will examine every one who tries to enter the kingdom of God, and if our old unregenerated spirit is not washed in the blood of Jesus, He will not let us pass through the door into the kingdom of God to partake of the lush green pastures therein.
Stay with me and put your scuba gear on becausen we are going to dive deeper into God’s Word. Jesus said to His disciples in [Luke 17:21b], “The kingdom of God is within you.” Although there is a literal kingdom of God where the throne of God is located, and from which He rules over all of creation, there is also a place inside each born again believer in which the Holy Spirit of God takes up residence and Jesus called this place the ‘Kingdom of God’ also. How God is able to take a little bit of His kingdom and put it on the inside of each person that is born again, I do not know, but that is exactly what Jesus, the Word of God, told us God does in the born again person. So for the present time the throne of God the Father, and the throne of the Word of God are in the literal heaven, but the Holy Spirit sits on His Throne in the believers that make up the body of Christ on earth from which He rules and reigns.
Jesus said, ‘”I am the door;” and from that we learned that the Holy Spirit who is on the earth is the guardian of the entrance into the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is the actual door into the kingdom, and the Word of God is the lush pasture of God of which every believer freely eat. Now, if the child of God has accepted the finished work of Jesus upon the cross, he is alive in his spirit because the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in him, and we are to nourish our newly regenerated human spirit with the Word of God. As we take in the Word of God our soul is renewed to the things of God, and our flesh is purified or made holy by that same Word. As we take in more and more of the Word of God, the Holy Spirit begins to manifest Himself in each part of our life, first in the spirit, then in the soul, and lastly in our body. We cannot be holy unless our flesh is dying daily to its old habits, and those old habits will not die unless our flesh is submitted to the Word of God and we let the Holy Spirit use that Word to do His work in us from the inside out. Satan works on mankind from the outside in, but God works on us from the inside out, first in our spirit, then the soul, and lastly in the flesh. God’s desire is to anoint every one of us or immerse us in the Holy Spirit so we can do the works that Jesus did when He was on the earth. If we do not submit ourselves to the leadership of the Holy Spirit He is trapped inside of us by the sin in our flesh. But when we submit to Him, He is released and is free to work through us to accomplish the Father’s will in the earth. But if we will not submit to His leadership, we are preventing Him from doing His work, thus we are resisting God and helping Satan. This is shown to us in the scriptures where Jesus cleansed the temple of God in Jerusalem by throwing out the money changers and their wares; saying to them, “My Fathers house is a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” The sin in the outer courtyard of the Jerusalem temple (which represents the sin in our fleshly body) was preventing the Spirit of God inside the temple from working in behalf of God’s people outside the temple. But after Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple courtyard along with their wares, the Spirit of God ripped the temple vail into from top to bottom, and God left the physical temple, or God was freed from the sin that held Him captive inside His own temple on the day Jesus died upon the cross for the sins of man. Some fifty days later, the Holy Spirit took up residence inside man who is the present day temple of the living God. God never wanted to live among His people in a physical temple, but He had no choice after Adam sinned. In the beginning He lived inside Adam, but after Adam sinned, God left Him and was without a home on earth for generations until Moses built Him a house made of goatskins, and finally Solomon built Him a house of stone. God’s desire has always been to live in His people that His glory might be reflected through them for all the world to see. This was only made possible when Jesus opened the door for man to enter into the kingdom of God, (or by Jesus overcoming the sin in the earth) and at that same time Jesus also made a way for God to legitimately enter into the world through that open door anytime He chooses. Since Jesus opened the door for man to enter in and out of the kingdom of Heaven, God will never again be resigned to living in a brick and mortar temple. Praise God. DThrash
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