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The word is also used metaphorically, as in John 10:7, “I am the door”; Acts 14:27, “he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles”; and Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” See Architecture.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)


(1) Christ is "the door" into the gospel ministry (Joh 10:1,2,7); ministers must receive their authority from Him, and exercise it in His spirit.

(2) `Through faith in Him also both shepherds and sheep enter into the kingdom of God (Joh 10:9), and find all their spiritual needs supplied.’(3) The figure in Re 3:20 is expressive of Christ’s patient, persistent and affectionate appeal to men.

(4) Elsewhere also of opportunity (Mt 25:10; Ac 14:27; 1Co 16:9; 2Co 2:12; Re 3:8).

(5) Of freedom and power (Col 4:3). See also ACHOR; SHEPHERD.