Pastor Rick Mora

Mora in the Word

The door was shut

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The door was shut.

Matthew 25:1-13

There is a “door” that leads to heaven.

It is the door of God’s grace, held open by the blood the cross of Jesus Christ.

For 2,000 years that door has been open to the entire world, and it is open even today for you.

Over the door are these wonderful words:

Whosoever will may come

Anyone, anywhere, anytime can go in that door and find new life, salvation, forgiveness, freedom, and eternal life.

Jesus said in John 14:6

Jesus said to him,or (we can say today Jesus says to us)

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Every Sunday two churches shows up:

An outward church and an inward church.

The outward church is everyone who comes to Calvary.

It consists of members, regular attenders, friends, visitors, and people who rarely attend but still consider this church as their church.

I even have people who don’t come at all but say we are there Pastor’s?

The visible Church contains the truly converted and the unconverted as Jesus said the wheat and tarries grow together, but at the end there will be a separation.

It consists of some who know the Lord, some who are seeking the Lord, some who attend but are lethargic, and others who are nothing more than religious hypocrites.

The inward church is the “invisible” church made up of those true believers in Christ who worship here week-by-week and are faithful and has a true relationship that one day the Lord will say well done good and faithful servant.

The point of Christ’s parable is to remind us that just because you go to church doesn’t mean you are truly born again.

People come to church for all sorts of reasons, some good and some not so good.

People come because of family ties, to see their friends, to get out of the house, because they like the music, or they come to impress people, or because of a feeling of guilt or obligation or because they think they can gain favor with God by being in church.

Don’t get me wrong here!

Going to church is good; coming to Christ is better.

The Impossibility of “Borrowed” Faith

One striking feature of the parable occurs when the foolish virgins ask the wise virgins to borrow some of their oil.

The refusal may seem selfish and unkind unless you understand the situation.

To loan the oil would mean that no one would have enough oil.

And the larger point is clear.

No one can “borrow” another person’s faith.

You can’t get into heaven by living near a saved person.

One day you will stand before the Lord and he will say, “Why should I let you into my heaven?”

What answer will you give?

Let me close with this one phrase in verse 10:

And the door was shut.

There is an awful finality about those words.

It means that the door was shut and locked and would not be opened again.

Those on the inside were safely inside; those on the outside could never get in no matter how hard they tried.

Don’t let the door shut in front of you, its your choice and hear the warning and get right with God!

Pastor Rick

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June 14, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment