“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” Romans 5:12 NIV
Scientists from around the world have helped construct the largest machine known to man called the Hadron Collider. Some say it can open up portals to another world. It’s been reported that the builders of this machine are using it to try to discover the origin of life. This super machine is under the control of an organization called CERN. Last I checked 20 something nations were a part of it. And Israel had just become it’s latest member. It is reported that there are more than one of these massive machines around the world. And there is much speculation about what is really going on at CERN. But on the subject of opening up portals I got some news for you; it’s already happened. And it didn’t take a man-made monster machine that costs trillions of dollars to do it.
The word portal is defined as a means of entry, a doorway. The first man Adam was that. In Genesis chapter 3 we read that Adam chose to disobey God. Then all hell broke loose so to speak. There was no pain, sorrow, sickness, or death, until Adam rebelled against his creator. A whole new world, a new dimension overlapped our world. Adam could not reverse this. He opened the door to a world of evil. He himself was the portal. That’s why the Bible says, “SIN ENTERED the world THROUGH ONE MAN.” The effects of sin would be felt not just by Adam and Eve, but by all of their future offspring. Death, misery, pain, and suffering, was now every humans fate. If only Adam had kept the door shut to evil. Our world would be a different place.
JESUS THE TRUE PORTAL
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NIV
God had a plan to fix what Adam had broken. Our connection, our entryway to God, that Adam lost would be restored. Just as the first man Adam became the doorway to sin and death, The last Adam (Jesus) became the gateway back to God, and a life giving spirit. (John 10:7-10 1 Corinthians 15:45-49) No one can enter a relationship with the Father except through the son Jesus Christ. He alone is the portal; the only way to God and heaven.
WE TOO ARE PORTALS
Much like a computer everyone is invisibly linked to one of two internet servers, or one of two worlds: either God’s, or the Devil’s. Yes, we are portals too. And we can open doors to heaven or hell. These next passages will prove this:
“Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.” Luke 22:3-6 ESV
Notice that, “Satan ENTERED INTO JUDAS?” The Devil entered him like walking through a wide open door to another room. It was easy because of Judas’s heart. Judas was a portal the Devil used to attack Jesus.
And of course we have good examples:
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 KJV
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” I Corinthians 6:19 NKJV
Jesus said whoever hears his voice when he knocks, and opens the door to welcome him in, he will come in and sup with that person. This means we can open the door of our hearts to Jesus and invite him in as our Lord and Savior. He in turn will commune with us, live in us by the the power of the Holy Spirit, and work through our lives. We can be used by him as effective tools to point others to the way to God; which is Jesus Christ.
“And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.” Romans 8:10-19 NLT
SOME CLOSE THE DOOR TO THE KINGDOM
“It will be bad for you teachers of the law and you Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You close the way for people to enter God’s kingdom. You yourselves don’t enter, and you stop those who are trying to enter.” Matthew 23:13 ERV
Jesus called the religious leaders of his day hypocrites. Because they had closed the door and were blocking the way to the kingdom of heaven. They had not entered in and were stopping those who were trying to enter God’s kingdom. How were they doing this? By their man-made false teachings. They pointed the people to everyrhing else but Jesus as the Messiah. They were misleading the people and turning them away from the one true way to God; which is Jesus Christ. They could quote the scriptures verbatim. And claimed to know them. But they failed to recognize that all the prophets and the scriptures pointed to Jesus. (John 5:39-40 Acts 10:43) Though they claimed to serve God they were seeking to kill Jesus at the same time for telling the truth about God and exposing their hypocrisy. The false religious leaders of our day are no different. Let’s never be like them.
LOCK AND BLOCK THE DOORS TO HELL
“My brothers and sisters, if anyone wanders away from the truth and someone helps that person come back, remember this: Anyone who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that person from eternal death and cause many sins to be forgiven.” James 5:19-20 ERV
“Keep yourselves safe in God’s love, as you wait for the Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy to give you eternal life. Help those who have doubts. Rescue those who are living in danger of hell’s fire. There are others you should treat with mercy, but be very careful that their filthy lives don’t rub off on you.” Jude 1:21-23 ERV
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2 NIV
Yes, we can be used to lock and block the doors to hell by helping those who have gone astray. This takes a lot of love. It’s easy to just write people off. It takes the heart of God to show mercy and deal with difficult personalities. Pray to God to have His Mercy and Patience in dealing with others. Let’s close the doors of hell to as many as possible while there is yet time.
One day the portal to the kingdom of heaven will close. Let’s point many to Jesus as the way before that happens. I hope this has encouraged you.