“He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts; and shuts and no one opens…” Rev.3:7 

People got so used to this verse that we need to put it in the right perspective again.

We know how Jesus said that His disciples have the authority as soon as He is the One who gives it to them. We know they have it. So saying, we know disciples have the need to close and open doors in case they live close to God.

In between all we can or may do, we should mark that there are doors God has closed which we, as faithful ones, can open without His consent. When referring to “He who opens and none can shut, He who shuts and none can open”, He is referring to His enemies who try to hinder His faithful ones during a either open or closed way. I don’t see this verse as referring to such people who are faithful to God, I mean, that they can close whatever God has opened or vice-versa. Faithful ones open and walk where God opens and walks along with them all. They are not adversaries, even if they can be having the power to be so, for they are the ones who are found to gather with and through Him alone along the way. The devil has got the power God has granted him and he is using it against God.

There is a certain door God has closed and I saw the most amazing thing concerning it. Noah made that door and we know he knew just how to open it. We read, “And they that entered, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him. And Jehovah shut him in”, Gen.7:16. Noah stayed there a long, long time smelling the dung of animals and possibly his own; he was tempted to be depressed by looking at water all the time from the same spot, while there was nothing much to talk about with his own family anymore; and he was bearing the shock of having all beings dead. We know he took a long time to recover from that blow. It rained for forty days; “and the waters prevailed for a hundred and fifty days”, Gen.7:24; then we read that the ark rested upon a mountain and after that the other mountains tops were becoming visible. The earth dried up and Noah was still inside that door God had closed. I am sure he was eager to get out of that ark. He did not open it, not even after the earth was fully dry – he waited upon God even if all told him he could open it and that the ark was no place to stay after the earth was dry. He could have opened it just as David could have killed Saul and become king over Israel according to God’s promise, or just as Abraham could have the whole land God had promised him at his feet after freeing Loth and the other kings’ belongings and people. But we read instead, “And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. And God spoke to Noah, saying, Go out of the ark…” Gen.8:14-16. That’s when he got out of the door God had closed on him – after God opened whatever He had closed Himself.

Christians have the power to open doors God has closed on them and, sometimes, on others. Let’s not open them for any reason whatsoever. Let’s not close either when it is not God closing them. Amen.

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José Mateus