DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Door of opportunity lies within the confines of each individual whether they will concede to the opportunity given 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 if not dealt with.  


Door of Opportunity - Rejection

The greatest door of opportunity was given by the Savior of the World, saying:  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 so great a plan of salvation extended to all of mankind.  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).

Blinded Towards Receiving

If the gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are perishing: In whom the god of this world (or Satan) has blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the gospel of the glory 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.  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 remains on him (John 3:36).

Cloak of Righteousness

There are some who are wrapped in a cloak of righteousness while living contrary to the Word of God.  Unless repentance comes they are openly inviting the judgmental side of God.  God's Word foretells that in the last days 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 of a holy nature.  Many will not even realize the trap that has ensnared them (2 Timothy 2:26); capturing their attention rather than the life-saving gospel message of Christ.

Lust of Uncleanness

The apostle Peter spoke of those who will walk according to the flesh, in the lust of uncleanness, speaking evil of the things they understand not, sporting themselves with their own deceiving while they feast with you.  They have forsaken the right way and are gone astray (2 Peter 2:10-18).

A Bible commentary noted:  Despite their profession of salvation, they have become entangled in the world and overcome by it (2 Peter 2:20).  There are many today who profess the name of Christ but their lifestyle does not line up with God's Word.

Way of Destruction

Enter you at the strait gate: 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.

Fame and Fortune

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?

When asked to give his riches to the poor and follow Christ, he went away sorrowful for he had great possessions (Matthew 19:16-22).  The fact that he had such possessions was not wrong in itself; but that he placed greater value on them than his love for God.

Beware of Covetousness

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).  A parable is told of a rich man whose ground brought forth plentiful:

He thought within himself saying:  What shall I do because I have no room where to store my crops?  And he said, This will I do: I will tear down my barns, and build greater, and 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 no longer availed itself for his soul was required of him that very night!

Destructive Ways

Scripture reveals that even though a door of opportunity is opened to all men towards the salvation of the soul; many shall follow destructive ways, whose judgment is not idle, and their destruction slumbers not (2 Peter 2:2-3).

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.

God's Judgmental Stroke

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.

God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemning them to destruction, making them an example to those that 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 for another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was met (Romans 1:27). 

Door Shut in Noah's Day

The door of opportunity is presently open towards the salvation of the soul; but was closed in Noah's day,  when the door of the ark was shut by God (Genesis 7:16).

God preserved Noah and his family but all that were outside the ark perished.  God brought judgment upon the earth because of the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (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 until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).

Destruction of Present World - New Heavens and Earth

There will be 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.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy 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).  The believer is to look beyond this present world; towards the door of opportunity extended, as promised, of new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness.

Call Upon the Lord

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 by the appeal:  Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near.

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