Matthew 16: 15-18: "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. 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."
The gates of hell are the strategies of Satan. Anything that opposes revelation knowledge from God comes from the gates of hell. Satan hates revelation knowledge. Revelation knowledge is the Rock that the true church is built upon. Revelation knowledge exposes Satan's plans.
There are many false churches in the world. These churches are not built on revelation knowledge from the Lord. They may have some head knowledge or a mental assent on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but they are not intimate with the Lord. These people will read a book on Jesus and THINK that they have Jesus; they may read a book on the Holy Ghost and THINK that they have the Holy Ghost. This is the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Matthew: 16: 11-12: "How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
If a Christian overplans his life--which means he is not living by faith--this comes from the gates of hell. If a Christian lives by sight and not by faith, this is from the gates of hell. If a Christian savours or preoccupies himself with the things of men more than the things of God, this is also inspired by Satan. Matthew 16: 21-23: "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. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."
I have met many Christians who study Scripture and study Scripture and study Scripture, but they reject Christ. These people are spiritually dead; they are white-washed walls; they bear rotten spiritual fruit (you can always tell a tree by its fruit). These people are into Bible Verse Idolatry. Anyone can read the Bible--it does not require faith. To go to Jesus (the Word of God) and be washed in the Word requires faith. I love to read the Bible, but I read it in faith because the Bible is a spiritual book--it is inspired by the Holy Ghost.
There are "Christians" who are busy, busy, busy with church social functions and they reject Christ. You can ask them: Did the Lord tell you to do this? And they look at you like you are a mad man. There is the Martha Church and there is the Mary Church. Martha was busy with many things; Mary rested in the Sabbath--the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary is a foreshadowing of the true Christian who rests in the true Sabbath--which is not a day of the week (like Saturday or Sunday), but a person: JESUS.
I Peter 2: 6-8: "Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded [Shall not be confused. Confusion is the spirit of Babylon. Confusion is from the gates of hell. If there is peace in your spirit, you are on the right track]. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed."
If you abide in Christ, your life will be an offense to those who are submitted to the gates of hell. They will hate you and mock you (like Ishmael did to Isaac: Ishmael came from the gates of hell; Isaac came from the Gates of Heaven). Your life in Christ will cause them to be confounded and they will stumble. They will form a weapon against you, but that weapon will not prosper.
If you are receiving daily manna (revelation) from the Lord, then you are not in bondage to Satan.
". . . and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
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