“I AM the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Our Lord is the Door, the Door to the fold of God’s elect—to the Church. He is the Way to God, the Truth, the Life. He is the Door to all that is of God, for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. There is no other entrance, and He alone has the right to say, “I am the Door.”
“By Me”: “No man cometh to the Father but by Me.”
The world has its philosophies, its modern gospels, its syncretisms of many faiths, but the only gospel that is the power of God unto salvation is the gospel of “no other name” (Acts 4:12). He is not merely one of the doors. The world wants us to be “broad-minded,” but strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life. He who climbs over any other way is a thief and a robber.
“If any man enter in.” Thank God for the universality of the gospel: “Whosoever will may come.” Don’t freeze up on predestination. It is all right to talk predestination to Christians who are already among the elect, but to the sinner say, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.”
“He shall be saved.” Not “maybe” or “probably,” but “he shall be saved.” Don’t say you have a “hope.” If you are in Him, you have a certainty. You don’t just hope that you are married; you know that you either are or you aren’t—and your salvation ought to be just as definite.
“And shall go in and out.” The liberty of a Christian! If the Son makes us free, we are free indeed. The world thinks of us as restricted and bound, but we are free to do all that is good. We are freed from sin and from the world, and from doubt and from fear. We have not the spirit of bondage again to fear, but the spirit of adoption whereby we cry “Abba, Father.” We are truly free as we continue in the Word! A true disciple is one who grows and follows the Lord from one grade to another. We can become perfect for that grade, but there are always more grades ahead. And we are to continue both to read and to heed the Word, for if we know these things, happy are we if we do them.
“And find pasture.” Sin fills, but it does not satisfy. The Lord fills our mouths with good things. If we are willing and obedient, we shall eat of the good of the land. Some people are dyspeptic and won’t eat or exercise. Others have stuffed themselves on the devil’s sweetmeats and have no appetite. But Christ is the Door to the promised land of a satisfying Christian life, and it is a land flowing with milk and honey—plus the figs and pomegranates and grapes of Eschol! It is not necessary to leave Canaan for any satisfaction outside. If we trust in the Lord and do good, we shall dwell in the land and be fed. All else is sawdust and shavings. He is the Door. There is no other way. Anyone may enter… and to enter is to be saved.