KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:18-19 “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. And 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”.
We continue with our Lords statement to the disciples about the church.
We now look at the third point which is, the warfare and the victory of the church. He said “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church”.
Please note the following about the church. The church presently consists of all believes in our Lord Jesus who are alive and those who are dead and have gone to heaven. (Hebrews 12:23, Ephesians 3:15). All the Christians or saints in heaven are called the church triumphant and those living on the earth presently are called the church militant. This implies that the church is a militant group warring to establish the purpose of God on the earth. The purpose of God is shown in Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith, that is in me”. This message was given by our Lord Jesus to Paul, yet it applies to us too. This is God’s purpose for every Christian. We are at war against Satan and his agents for the souls of men. Please our main warfare is not to secure our comfort, but mainly to set men free. In doing this God secures our comfort, blessing and prosperity. Matthew 6:33.
The Lord said, the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. Gates always symbolized the security of anything. Once the gates are possessed, you have no defense. Gates are therefore secured with the best security. The gates of hell in our context is the forces of darkness that will stand to oppose us from setting their captives free.
Ephesians 6:12 declares, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.(this kind of conflict is mainly to sway us off our feet, either to minimise our impact or totally defeat us)
These beings also form the gates of hell. The Lord says they shall never prevail against us.
Dear child of God, is there any condition defeating you. Please understand that the divine verdict have been established that these beings shall not overcome the church. Don’t let them overcome you.
Maintain your ground and refuse to be defeated.
The church of God is engaged in a warfare. A warfare for the souls of men. I have enlisted in this army to seek the salvation and deliverance of humanity from this bondage of hell.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”.
Prayer Point: I command every power of demons of hell, holding anyone under my sphere of influence to be broken in Jesus name.