Matthew 16:18-19 (KJV)
“18And 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. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he made that declaration in the passage above? I’d like to share with you my take from the passage.
The Church means the body of believers; you and I make up the Church. So by building the church, Jesus is meaning he will build you and me.
The very day somebody becomes a member of the body, the Church, Jesus takes over the responsibility of building him up. He has a plan for every one of us and in relationship with him, he works out something and he brings us to that place he intended for us from the very beginning. A believer should conquer the fear of the future and not worry about what the outcome of his life would be. And it does not matter the challenges you are going to encounter in life; Satan may attack you, and sometimes may seem to be interrupting your life and you may feel like you are not making any progress but Jesus says as he builds you up, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against you” irrespective of them all. So cheer up in the face of the odd and all, your destiny is a guarantee in Christ Jesus, hell cannot stop it.
The rock, I believe in this instance, means the word, the word we hear and receive from God.
Mathew 7: 24-25
“24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock”.
The word of God is the rock on which Jesus builds the Church. As a believer, it is important you know that the word is what will build and establish you. You can never set aside the word, live contrary to it and be victorious over Satan. As you walk in the light of the word, you are not only established, you are empowered above all the wiles of Satan also. You may experience the rain, the flood and the winds but they cannot stop your destiny.
Acts 20: 32
“32And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
As long as you are ordering your life, and your affairs in the light of the word, you are as it were being built upon the rock, and nothing Satan does can prosper against you.
The words keys mean the right of access. The keys of the kingdom means the right to access the Kingdom of Heaven, the authority to bring down the Kingdom of Heaven into a place, it also means Divine wisdom and insight to handle the affairs of this life, the ability to walk in the will of God.
So as a child of God and as a part of the Church, you can connect with the authority of the Kingdom of Heaven; you can bring heaven into your environment or situation.
The keys of the Kingdom of Heaven are given to the believer when he hears the Rhema word regarding any situation. You receive the key of the Kingdom of Heaven anytime you receive specific word or instruction from God. And anytime you act upon that word, you bring heaven or the will of God into the situation. And this is how the Church is meant to operate. Knowing exactly what God is saying regarding a thing and doing exactly what God says enforces his will there.
The word gate simply means an opening, a door, a gateway, or the entrance into a place. I suppose the gates of hell will therefore mean the opening or gateway that the forces of hell have created to enable them have access into people’s lives or affairs.
The gates also serve as barrier to keep unauthorised people out. Which means if the devil can raise a gate around your life, he can control who and what comes in and out of your life and will also be able to manipulate and interrupt your destiny.
To understand the mystery of the gates of hell, you will need to know that the believer has a wall around him; the wall of protection:
I. Wall of salvation around you for protection- Isaiah 60: 18.
II. Angels encamped around you- Ps. 34: 7 (Heb. 1: 14.).
III. Wall of fire-Zechariah 2: 5.
And the gate of praise is meant to be the access into your life. So anytime you praise, you open your life to God and the blessing.
“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise”.
And Jesus is also meant to be the door or gate into your life.
John 10: 6-9
“Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures”. (NLT)
Now, before the devil can have access into the believer’s affairs and spoil what God is doing, he will have to first of all crack the defences around him and put up gates of hell. Except the wall around you is broken, except the devil has got a loophole, he cannot attack you and prevail.
For the Bible says: “….and whosoever breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him”. Ecclesiastes 10: 8b.
Satan cannot have access into your affairs until you let him by breaking the edge.
If you are praying and are not getting result, it is possible that there is a gate of hell standing in the way of your prayer.
If things in your life continue to go wrong, if you continue to suffer loss, you start something and it continues to fail, it could be that Satan has an access into your affairs. May be he has put a gate so he can control what comes in.
Please note that I am not meaning that just a failure in a thing means there is a gate of hell into your life, we sometimes all fail in something and when we put more effort, we breakthrough. I am meaning when you feel like you are under a closed heaven and when you continue to experience a circle of failure or lose. I mean when things are just not walking despite all the effort, the prayers, the fasting and the seed of faith.
I will share with you in part two of this series how the gates of hell operate.
- ▼ 2010 (11)