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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gates - Spiritual

Bible Questions Answered:
“I see these words -they draw near unto the gates of death- and where are these gates of death?...”
Nayan/ New Delhi, India

Bible Answer:
Bible Text:

Psalm 107:18 KJV
...they draw near unto the gates of death.”

Psalm 107:16-22 NLT
16 For He broke down their prison gates of bronze; He cut apart their bars of iron.
17 Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins.
18 They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door.
19 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out His Word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.
21 Let them praise The Lord for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done for them.
22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about His glorious acts.

God's people, they faltered and failed, but when they cried out to The Lord, He rescued them!

Psalm 107: 6 NLT
Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and He rescued them from their distress.

A movable barrier, usually on hinges, closing an opening in a fence, wall, or other enclosure.
An opening permitting passage through an enclosure.

The word “gate,” is here used metaphorically, that is a word or phrase applied to something which it is not literally applicable, in order to suggest a resemblance.

Jesus referred to gates, that were “spiritual gates”:

Matthew 7:13,14 KJV
13 Enter ye in at The Strait Gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is The Gate, and narrow is The Way, which leadeth unto Life, and few there be that find it.

The road to life or death are entered by gates.
The gate referred to here is our Choice, our Will, to Choose, what to enter, what road we wish to go down, and become a part of.

Joshua 24:15 KJV
And if it seem evil unto you to serve The Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.

Joshua, choose to go through the gate of righteousness, and serving The Living God. He choose to serve The Lord.

Matthew 7:13,14 NLT
13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.
14 But the gateway to Life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

In life we spiritually choose or determine, what gate we go through.

Many on the broad way, broad because of the millions who wish to reject God, and reject a life of righteousness, rush head long down the spiritual broad way to death and hell.

Some few, choose to go through the narrow gate, choosing a life given to The Lord, serving Him in righteousness, and obedience.

Everyday the gates are ever before us. The broad gate, the careless, pleasureful, sinful road with countless millions, who are blinded by sin, unaware of the eternal fate that awaits them.

The narrow gate, not popular, scorned and ridiculed by the world, yet approved by The Lord Of Glory, who shall one day take His faithful servants to be forever with Him.

Psalm 100:4 KJV
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.

Psalm 118:19 KJV
Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise The Lord:

Proverbs 8:32-36 KJV
32 Now therefore hearken unto Me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep My ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors.
35 For whoso findeth Me findeth Life, and shall obtain favor of The Lord.
36 But he that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate Me love death.

Revelation 22:12-14 KJV
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha And Omega, The Beginning And The End, The First And The Last.
14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to The Tree Of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.