Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The gate

I wanted to point out a part of Cultivating a life for God that I though was really neat, it caused me to think.

....Jesus said the gates of hell shall not prevail against his church. Most people have a gate at home. It dawned on me one day that a gate is not an offensive weapon. Notice that there is no two week cooling off period before one can purchase a gate. Police don't pack loaded gates. Terrorist's don't hold victims "at gate point" We don't send weapons inspectors overseas to discover "gates of mass destruction." Dog's don't run loose with little signs around their neck that reads "Beware of gate."
Gates are not a threat; theyt are defensive, and the gates Jesus was talking about aren't pearly ones--they're the gates of hell. The church is to be on the offense, not defence. The church has been held hostage at gate point for far too long. It is time we stop being intimidated by a gate.

1 comment:

LeightonTebay said...

Hi Darcy

There is another way of looking at that verse. If you look at that passage in any modern translation (NKJV, NIV, NASB, NRSV) renders the verse Hades not hell. The NLT is an exception though. Hades is generally considered the equivalent to the Hebrew Sheol which is merely the abode of the dead. In Sheol there is no eternal punishment.

Hades is also a greek word and the greek concept of Hades is much more like our view of hell. It is an eternal underworld where people can suffer punishment.

The use of the word "gates" lends me to believe Jesus is speaking of the Hebrew meaning rather than the greek because Sheol had gates (Isa 38:10).

I've haven't really figured out how Hell could have forces arrayed against us when Hell is a place of eternal punishment for the wicked. I'm not sure the idea that Satan rules Hell as his home base comes from scripture.