Gates of Hell:
Gates of hell is a known terminology in the Christian fold. It is randomly used among brethren in the church. Gates of hell depict or mean a lot of things to many people depending on their perspective. If gates of hell could mean many things to many people depending on their perspective, it means there is an interpretation situation concerning it. This is because the term gates of hell should mean only one thing!
And the outcome of this is that the term gates of hell have been abused. The abuse is notice in the doctrinal application of the term. Therefore, it behooves on us to seek to know the proper meaning of the term gates of hell and find out how to use it. The question therefore is what is the meaning of the term gates of hell? And for us to answer this question we need to ascertain the source of the term first. The term gates of hell appeared only in one place in the bible and it was used by Jesus Christ as stated in the verse below.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Gates of Hell Establishing the Facts:
Notice that before we can pinpoint and establish some facts and then unveil the meaning of the term gates of hell we must first of all find out what made Jesus to make the statement above.
This implies that we should go back to the previous verses and then ascertain things from them. Let’s get some facts from the verses below;
“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
From the verses above, it is easy to deduce that Jesus made the statement ‘gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ as a response to the previous discuss between Him and His disciples. Peter made a statement and Jesus called it a revelation from God the Father.
Gates of Hell the Revelation of Peter:
He went ahead to say that upon that revelation of Peter which is from God He’s going to build His church and the gates of hell of shall not prevail against. Again, what is the revelation of Peter? The revelation of Peter is “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Therefore, again, who is the Christ? Here getting this question correctly will definitely help us to understand the meaning of the term gates of hell.
This is because the understanding of who the Christ is will unveil why the gates of hell shall not prevail. Now, it says “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Meaning the Christ is a Son to God. In that case, for the Christ to be a Son to God He must be God. This shows that the Christ has what it takes to be God.
And from what the Christ has come to do, we can ascertain why the statement gates of hell was made. Now, the bible didn’t leave us without the knowledge of who Christ is. Let’s see what Jesus said about the Christ here below.
“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
The Mission of the Christ:
From the above verses we can find out that the Christ will suffer and thereafter he enters into His glory. And because of this He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. However, let’s go back to the book of Matthew 16 and there we will ascertain things.
“Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.”
In the above quotations, Jesus said that He shall be killed and on the third day He shall be raised. This means that the gates of hell have something to do with His death and resurrection. The Greek word translated hell is the word ‘haides’ which means a place of the dead or grave. So what Jesus was saying is that He will die and the gates of grave will not prevail against His resurrection.
And actually, this statement came alive the day He died and on the third day he resurrected. Since the gates of hell didn’t prevail against His resurrection it means that it couldn’t prevail over the establishment of His church.
Gates of Hell Has Been Rendered Useless:
The misapplication is that many in the church are praying and using this term to pray against demonic attacks. Well, this term has nothing to do with demonic attacks against any believer or the church of Christ. This is because, this statement the gates of hell have been fulfilled in the resurrection of the Christ. And through the power of the resurrection of the Christ, there is no way Satan could prevail against the church.
Satan has no power against the Church of Jesus Christ since he wasn’t able to prevent the resurrection of Jesus. The Church of Jesus Christ and the believer in Christ are living in victory from/in the resurrection of Christ. Therefore, the gates of hell shouldn’t be a prayer point in the Church. This is because on the resurrection day Jesus rendered it useless.
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