The Gates of Hell
…and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18
When Christ said that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church I’m pretty sure he meant it! Why then, do we spend our lives in fear of the devil and in fear of Hell? Most Christians I know are so afraid of the devil and Hell that they don’t even talk about them. If we take Christ at His word, then we are already conquerors and have nothing to fear, but everything to gain. Notice in the scripture listed above how He is talking about the gates of hell? Gates are to protect the inhabitants of a city but mostly this text is interpretted as “the devil won’t defeat the Church”. I think what Jesus was saying is that we as the Church are the attackers and Hell will lose.
Christians ought to be bold. If we are conquerors with Christ we should start acting like it. If the gates of Hell will crumble at our attack shouldn’t we be rescuing it’s prisoners? Although people we might know might not be in literal hell right now, are they in a hell on earth? What are you doing to use your position as a conqueror of Hell to rescue them from the grip of demonic forces?
The Christian Metal band, For Today, wrote some lyrics that ought to be our motto…
“Hell, fear me! I am the one that will bring you down.
And as you fall, fear me, you’ll see my face on the battleground.“