The Church Is Marching On
|Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, PhD|
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 (Matthew 16:18).
Over the years, the Church of Jesus Christ has continued to wax stronger and stronger, marching on in glory, regardless of the many persecutions and oppositions orchestrated against it by the adversary. The Church has remained unstoppable to this day, and will remain so for all time, because the Lord meant it when He said, "…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).
The word "Gates" is symbolic in prophetic language for "power and dominion." So, the powers of hell, the dominion of hell, shall not, and cannot prevail against the Church. It doesn’t matter what they do. The Church, right from inception, has survived and endured many terrible persecutions. There have been kings who threatened to annihilate the Church. Some even boasted that when they were through with the Church, history would not remember that it ever existed. But the Church has out-lived them all.
The Church will always have the victory. It’ll crush every opposition, and conquer everyone who ever stands against it. That’s the blessing upon the Church. The Lord Jesus said to Saul of Tarsus when he was persecuting the Church, "…it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" (Acts 26:14). Then, in Luke 20:18, He said, "Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." The Church of Jesus Christ isn’t a human organization; it is, in fact, a living thing, and it’s indestructible. It doesn’t matter the onslaught of evil and wickedness against the Church from Satan and wicked and unreasonable men, nothing can stall or hinder the growth and impact of the Church around the world. There isn’t enough fear, unbelief, doubt, or persecutions that can prevail against the Church.
Being born again, you belong to the Church, and you’re indestructible. Victory is yours, no matter what happens with you. You may be in the deepest "dungeon" even now; right there, declare, "Greater is He that’s in me than he that’s in the world." The Word is guaranteed to put you over and bring you out in victory. Hallelujah!
I belong to Christ; in Him I live, and move and have my being. No evil shall befall me; neither shall any plague come near my dwelling. I’m strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and any tongue that rises against me in judgment is condemned, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
further study: Isaiah 11:9; Matthew 21:12-14; 1 Timothy 3:15 : Acts 5:12-42 2 Chronicles 23-25: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 Isaiah 1