The Door and the Word

“But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”

John 10:2

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”

Psalms 19:7

The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. Is your soul being converted? Do you believe that the Law of the Lord is perfect? The Hebrew word for perfect is “tamim” and it means wholeness, soundness and integrity. It carries the meaning for wholeness and healthfulness. That a person is complete, whole, or finished. Are we complete, or whole in the Lord? This is the question we should be asking ourselves. Does the Law of the Lord convert your soul to righteousness? Here again is another question to ask ourselves. I find that I am always full of questions rather than answers. However, answers do come in time when I am open to receive what the Lord reveals in the written word. Can we ever be satisfied with the Law of the Lord. The answer is yes. All we have to do is listen and receive it as the truth. We receive when we believe. The Jewish New Year of 5784 has begun. The question of the mystery for the meaning of the “door” has brought different interpretations. For the Jew, they are taught the importance of the “Law of the Lord,” yet they cannot follow the law fully in their own strength. They stumble and fall on the path and may wonder at times why their own soul is not converted. There is no satisfaction when you only have half of the truth and not the whole truth. What about the blood on the door post in Exodus 12:13? The blood on the door is the sacrifice. Herein lies the truth for the beginning of the meaning of the door.

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Revelations 3:20

Just imagine being in communion with the Lord. It is Jesus who is knocking at our door and calling for us to listen. However, there are many doors to choose from that would take us away from the truth of life. It is like those big doors on the set of the “Prize is Right” on television where the prizes are offered, and not all prizes given are winners. Behind every door is a room of objects that may be keeping you from hearing the voice of the Lord. Just look at verse nineteen of Revelations chapter three, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Are we passionate to repent of our own ways? The eye of the Lord is aware of the shame you are trying to hide. The Lord wants to clothe you in white raiment and to keep your name in the book of life. Remember who the judge is that is also standing at the door. In James chapter four verse twelve states, “there is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy.” Now look at Matthew chapter ten verse 28 which states, “fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” To whom are we to fear? I came across the following scripture, which is not mentioned in many teachings, but worth noting.

“The fear of the Lord tendeth to life, and he who hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.”

Proverbs 19:23

He who hath the fear of the Lord tended to their own behavior in life and shall be satisfied. Are you satisfied? How astounding is this word. Are you attending to your behavior in life. Do you have the characteristic of Jesus living in your own life? What about failure to observe the limits of what is appropriate in our behavior? We should read verses 12 and 13 of Psalms chapter 19.

“Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.”

Psalms 19:12-13

Cleanse thou me from secret faults and keep me from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me. This should be our prayer and song every day. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever, [see Psalms 19:9]. Oh! Let us come with passion and repent of our behavior. Let us fear the Lord and know that His mercy endures forever. Let us keep the door open with the Lord and find pastures where we can feed upon. Let us hear the voice of the one and only true shepherd. Let us come to the Lord and allow him to sup with us. He brings the blessings we need daily in our lives. We cannot come any other way but through the door of Jesus. Jesus is the door for He gave His life for the sheep. In John chapter ten verse one, states, “He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” The sheep will not listen to a thief or robber, only to the shepherd’s voice. Jesus as the good shepherd knows who belongs to him. Jesus is the resurrection and the life; do you believe this? Believe and receive the word of God. Let us have an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and it shall bring forth fruit with patience, [see Luke 8:15].

God is wanting to convert our soul, to transform us into a new creation in Christ Jesus.  “All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,” [2 Corinthians 5:18]. We have this wonderful ministry of reconciliation that the apostle Paul revealed in 2 Corinthians chapter five. Christ died for all in order that we might not live unto ourselves, for that only brings haughtiness. There is no peace when a man has extreme pride and haughtiness. There is no love or compassion found in such a man that lies with his mouth and is puffed up with himself. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. Yet, we can still repent today while there is still time. Jesus gave his own life to save us from ourselves. Christ was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, [see verse 21 of 2 Corinthians chapter five].

 “He hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

2 Corinthians 5:19-20

Be ye reconciled to God and be satisfied, thankful, at peace, for you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. As Christians we should be subject to one another and clothed in humility. Why? Because God resisted the proud, but giveth grace to the humble, [see 1 Peter 5:5]. Listen to what Peter said in verse 6 and 7 of chapter five.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.”

1 Peter 5:6-7

He cares for you, for His law is perfect and His testimony is a sure thing. It is health to our bones and makes us whole. Let your soul be converted to the truth of the one who is knocking at your door today.