9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
-What are the two essential functions of a door? It opens to let people in and closes to keep people out. While it is important to recognize Jesus as the way for all of us to come unto the Father, we must never lose sight of the fact that the Door also closes when necessary. Jesus offered His own perfect life as the propitiation for the sins of all mankind (1 John 2:2) and, in doing so, He made a way to grant us access to Heaven and the presence of God. As the Door, He opens to those who trust in Him; but Jesus also ensures that those who have not trusted in Him shall not enter into Heaven. “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27).