Have you ever thought of the great gift God has offered us when we keep his word? The Lord has opened the door to heaven and to earth for us. In Rev. 3:8 we read, “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 has kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” What a wonderful thought, that the door to heaven has been opened to us and no one can shut it. All that is required of us is that we keep his commandments. We also have a hope that is steadfast, sure, and unchanging to anchor our soul in the here and now. When we flee the pollutions of this present world and enter into this refuge of Christ, only then can we lay hold on the hope that God has set before us (Heb. 6:18,19). One might ask, how can we know that it is possible to enter this door that is open and the hope that is set before us? Jesus our high priest, is our forerunner and has already entered first for us (Heb. 6:20). In John 14:3 Jesus tells us, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you into myself: that where I am, there ye may be also.” God’s word compares this earthly life to a race. After we have lain aside the sin and weight of this world, we must run with unwavering patience for as long as we live upon this earth (Heb.12:1). We unlike the rest of God’s earthly creation, have a choice as to where we will spend eternity. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefor choose life, that thou and thy seed may live” (Deut. 30:19). The bible has set God’s law and commandments before us (Jer. 9:13). We can choose to keep God’s law and therefor choose life, or we can ignore them and thereby choose death. If God is willing to open the door to heaven for us who keep his word, then he will open doors for us here on earth. God commands us to go into all the world and preach the gospel, the good news, to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be condemned (Mark 16:15-16). This commandment and work is set before each of us to do in whatever way we can. We must do his work and with his help, any door that needs to be opened, will be opened through prayer and diligence. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me- Phil. 4:13
We invite all who would to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Ky. to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. We also wish to thank brother Barkley Riley for his help and excellent lesson. May God bless and keep each and every one of you.