George Morrison, one of Scotland’s most popular preachers in the early 20th century, was known for a sermon titled, “The Ever-Open Door.” And on his deathbed he exclaimed, “It’s open for me now, and I’m going through.” As a believer, he surely did go through the door into glory.
That door won’t always be open, however. Someday the door of grace will close and unbelievers will be shut out of God’s presence forever.
The eloquent English evangelist George Whitefield (1714-1770) once preached on the text, “. . . and the door was shut” (Mt. 25:10). One man in the audience was overheard saying to another, “So what? Another door will open.” But as Whitefield continued preaching, he said, “There may be someone here who is careless and self-satisfied, and who thinks, ‘What does it matter if the door is shut? Another will open.’ Yes, it will—the door to the bottomless pit, the door to hell!”
When time runs out, and God shuts the door of salvation, the door to doom, darkness, and despair will open. But today, if you trust in Jesus Christ, you enter the still wide-open door into eternal life.
Have you walked through that door?
The time has come for me to choose—
It's Jesus Christ or heaven lose;
But if what heaven loves, I hate,
Then closed to me is heaven's gate. —Anon.
Christ is the only way to heaven; all other ways lead to doom.