By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Door of opportunity lies within the grasp of each individual whether they utilize that opportunity or not. There are some doors of opportunity that should not be entered into that can be a danger to one's soul and final destiny.
Scripture reveals: There is a way which seems right to a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). The way which seems right may not be the best or righteous way.
The greatest door of opportunity is given by God Himself: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
It is unfortunate that many have rejected this great invitation. Scripture reveals: This is the condemnation, that light (the Lord Jesus Christ) come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).
The Apostle Paul said: If the gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost (perishing): In whom the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
A Bible commentary noted: The lost (those without Christ) are so controlled by Satan that he effectively shields them from the gospel message (door of opportunity). Scripture reveals: He that believes on the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) has everlasting life; and he that believes not the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God abides (remains) on him (John 3:36).
There are some who are wrapped in a cloak of unrighteousness living contrary to the Word of God; and unless repentance comes, they are openly inviting the judgmental side of God. Scripture reveals: This know also, that in the last days (of which we are in) perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1).
The door of opportunity will be available towards the salvation of the soul, but many will not enter in because of deception, walking in the way of the ungodly rather than that of a holy nature. Many will not even realize the trap that has ensnared them; capturing their attention, rather than the life-saving gospel message of Christ.
The apostle Peter spoke of those that walk after (according) to the flesh, in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government (authority). Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. And shall receive the reward (wages) of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the daytime. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceiving while they feast with you (2 Peter 2:13).
While they promise liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in (into) bondage (2 Peter 2:19). A Bible commentary noted: Despite their profession of salvation they had become entangled in the world and overcome by it. There are many today who profess the name of Christ but their lifestyle does not line up with God's Word.
Jesus said: Enter you at the strait gate (the door of opportunity): for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
A Bible commentary noted: Enter you at the strait gate means that one must go through the narrow gate in order to reach the path that leads to eternal life. Christ himself is both the gate and the way. God enables men to find that gate.
The door of opportunity oftentimes is open to fame and fortune but warning is given concerning one's embracing such in the wrong manner. An example is given: A rich young ruler asked the Lord: What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Jesus said to him: If you will (want to be) perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions (Matthew 19:21:22). The fact that he had great possessions was not wrong in itself; but that he placed greater value on them than his love for God.
Jesus said: Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses (Luke 12:15). He then spoke a parable saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And He thought within himself saying: What shall I do because I have no room where to store my fruits (crops)?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow (store) all my fruits (crops). And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you; then whose shall these things be, which you have provided? So is he that lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God (Luke 12:16-21). The door of opportunity to do well; no longer availed itself, for his soul was required of him that very night! Had he not allowed covetousness to take hold; things might have been different!
Scripture reveals that even though a door of opportunity is opened to all men towards the salvation of the soul; many shall follow their pernicious (destructive ways), by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of (2 Peter 2:2).
A Bible commentary noted: Even though Christ's atonement extends to all men, including those who reject Him, they will (unless repentance comes) experience destruction, because of their destructive ways and continued rejection of the gospel message.
Scripture reveals: God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into the chains of darkness, to be reserved to judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the ungodly.
Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow (to destruction), making them an example unto those that after (afterward) should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:4-6). The characteristics of Sodom and Gomorrah have now exploded to even greater proportions of ungodliness.
Scripture reveals a characteristic of Sodom and Gomorrah: The men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense (penalty) of their error which was meet (due) (Romans 1:27).
The door of opportunity is presently open towards the salvation of the soul; but was closed in Noah's day. Scripture reveals: And they that went in (into the ark of safety), went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him (Noah): and the Lord shut him in (Genesis 7:16).
God preserved Noah and his family but all that were outside the ark perished. Judgment was brought upon the earth because God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination (intent) of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (all the day) (Genesis 6:5).
Whereby the world that then was being overflowed with water perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against (until) the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).
Scripture reveals: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10). This could refer to a nuclear holocaust, cosmic happening, or any other means allowed by God, but it will happen as a thief in the night, totally unexpected by many.
Scripture reveals: Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation (conduct) and godliness (2 Peter 3:11). Then comes a promise to believers in Christ: Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
Seeing that you look for such things, be diligent, that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14). Seeing that you know these things before (beforehand), beware lest you also, being led away from the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in the grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:17-18).
The believer in Christ is to look beyond this present world; towards the door of opportunity extended, as promised of a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness!
Scripture reveals: Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him; for he will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:6-7).
God's free gift of salvation (through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ), is offered to all of mankind. The door of opportunity to all is clearly stated in the appeal: Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near.
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