When we go through a door, we enter one space while exiting another. Jesus said, “I am the Door.” When we enter into Jesus, we exit our old life and enter our new.
The Door leads out of our past.
When we pass through the Door, we exiting our past. We are no longer judged by our past sinful behavior. Because of Jesus, we are completely forgiven. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Micah 7:18-19 also assures us that “He does not retain his anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love…He will tread our iniquities underfoot. He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
Entering into the Door of salvation, we are judged righteous based on His righteousness. God forgives and forgets our sin. We are no longer sinners; we are now sons and daughters. Colossians 2:13-14 tells us He has made us alive together with Him. He has forgiven all our trespasses and has blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us. He has nailed it to the cross. He has delivered us from our past.
We are now free to have Christ live through us.
The Door leads through our present.
When we enter Jesus, not only is the penalty of sin revoked, but the power of sin is also broken. He is the exit from all current sin in our lives.
“No temptation has taken you but what is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation also will make a way to escape, so that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Jesus is our way to escape the bondage of sin. Pride, unbelief, greed, lust, and envy bind us. Many are bound by old habits, financial troubles, alcoholism, sexual sin, legalism, and defeating inadequacies. Jesus, our Door, leads us from these to freedom.
Other areas of sin in our lives might seem less destructive, but all sin is destructive. We need to be delivered from anything in our life that hinders our walk with Him. He leads us to walk free from gossip, rudeness, unforgiveness, and unkindness.
We also need deliverance from self-righteousness, selfishness, self-pity and self-reliance. Notice the word ‘self’ in each of these words. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). The first step to following Jesus through the door to abundant living is to deny self. Denying ourselves involves turning from self-focused living to God-focused living. As we learn to put God’s will first in our lives, we are learning to walk through the Door to abundant life.
The Door leads to our future.
Through Jesus, we now have a hope for our future. We are confident that when this age ends, we will live forever with Him in heaven. But eternal life is not only something we experience in the distant future. 1 John 5:12 says, “He who has the Son has life.” It does not say we will have life; it says we have life. Every day we live on the earth is to be lived through Jesus.
We experience eternal life daily through Jesus our Door. John 17:3 explains, “And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” We can know God because we have walked through the Door. We can walk confidently into our future knowing we will experience the joy, peace, and hope He gives (Romans 15:13). We can expect the fruit of the Spirit to grow in our lives (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control – Gal 5:22-23).
Jesus, our Door, has provided all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Because of Him, we can be confident that we will always walk in spiritual victory.
Jesus is deliverance from our past, freedom in our present, and hope for our future.
Do you believe that you have been forgiven for all your past sins?
What current sins hold you in bondage?
Are you living the abundant life Jesus promised you?
Is Jesus your hope for the future?
Dear Jesus, teach each of us to rely only on You as our Door. Thank you for becoming the sacrifice through which our past sins are forgiven. Help us to rely on You in our current situations, and help us walk through the Door of freedom. Lord, give us the abundant life You planned for us. Help us to look to the future with hope because You hold it securely in Your hands.
This is such an encouragement for everyone to go ahead and walk through the Door — He is the Way to take us out of the hurt/pain/darkness of our past and bring us into the wonderful Light of a future with Him.
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