Open and Shut Door

An expression derived from Rev. 3:7 , 8 , where Christ is described as the one “that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth” (an allusion to Isa. 22:22 ), and as the one who says to the Philadelphia church, “Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.” Seventh-day Adventists have applied these texts to the closing of the first phase and the opening of the second and final phase of Christ’s ministry in heaven, where He has been the Christian’s high priest since His sacrifice on the cross ( see Sanctuary ). Christ’s dual ministry was prefigured by the service of the ancient high priest, who served “unto the example and shadow of heavenly things” ( Heb. 8:5 ). In the earthly sanctuary he served daily in the holy place, the fir...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.