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Open Missionary Door (Revelation 3.8)

"What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name." (Revelation 3.8)✞

Door into Heaven

Open Door into HeavenWhat is the meaning of this "open door" the Risen Christ has set before the Christians of Philadelphia? It is the door of missionary opportunity. Writing to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 16.9 of the work which lay ahead of him, Paul said, "because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me." When he came back to Antioch he told the church in Acts 14.27 how God had given him an open door to the Gentiles, he wrote, "On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles."

Philadelphia

Armies of CaesarThis meaning is particularly appropriate for Philadelphia, now called Alasehir on the Western side of Turkey. It was established in 189 BC by King Eumenes 11 of Pergamum (BC 221-160) as a border town, and founded to be an open door for the Greek language and culture to the barbarous peoples beyond. Philadelphia was on the imperial postal service road, which left the coast at Troas, came to Philadelphia via Pergamum, Thyatira and Sardis, and joined the great highway out to Phrygia. The armies of Caesar travelled that road. Caravans of merchants rode along it and now it was beckoning the missionaries of Christ as the new open missionary door.

"Open Missionary Door"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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