GATEWAY TO HEAVEN
Everyone seems to want to know what route
they need to take to enter into eternal life. I am answering those
questions in this sermon. A Doorway and a Gateway in scripture are
synomonous. They both mean the same! In the twenty first and twenty
chapters of the book of Revelation, God gives us an insight into the Holy City; New Jerusalem
where only those who have been purchased by the sinless blood of Jesus
Christ, will be allowed to enter and Jesus describes Himself as the "Door" to
eternal life in John chapter 10.
1- GOD'S GATEWAY IN PRACTICE.
(1)- Only the redeemed can enter that gate
Revelation 21:27- "And there
shall in no wise enter into
it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or
maketh a lie; but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life".
It has always been and
always will be God's way or nothing. Some people seem to think that it
doesn't matter what course they take as long as they are sincere but I
would remind you that you can be sincerely wrong and that will be
devastating! Those who think that a loving God would never send a
person to hell are deceived because God is not the one who sends them
to hell! God loved them so much that He sent His own Son to pay their
sin debt. Each person therefore has to accept God's free gift by
placing their sins under the blood of Christ with a repentant heart in
order to have their names written in the Book of life in heaven.
GOD'S GATEWAY BY PREACHING.
(1)- PREACHING OPENS THE DOOR OF SALVATION.
1 Corinthians 1:21- "God chose by
the foolishness of
preaching to save them that
Revelation 22:14- "Blessed are
that do His
commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may
enter in through the gates into the city".
JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY DOORWAY INTO HEAVEN.
Jesus said in John 10:9- "I am
the door by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved". Again in the book of Acts 4:12 we read: "Neither is there salvation in any
other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men
whereby we must be saved".
Friend, if your sins are
not forgiven through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ; you can
not and will not enter that door!
THE PROVISION IS BLOCKED TO LOST PEOPLE.
Lost people are blocked from entering the doorway into heaven until
they have a born again experience.
Jesus tells us in John 10:1- "Verily,
verily I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the
sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a
robber". We all know that a thief
is not welcome in our houses and God is no different. What this
scripture is trying to tell us; if it were possible to get to heaven
some other way, God would not allow them to abide there.
PEARLY GATES ARE SYMBOLIC DOORS THAT REPRESENT REDEMPTION.
"The Pearly Gates" are often described as meaning an easy access into
Heaven. I was visiting
the local hospital recently and a man ask me what was the meaning of,
"Pearly Gates" and my reply was that it is Jewish terminology relating
to the 12 gates into the City of Jerusalem. Theologians have used it
synomonously with salvation which can be confusing and especially to a
lost person who is asking how to enter those gates. I think we need to
be careful when we use methaphors to try and give a lost person a ray
of hope without making them aware of the methods of entering into God's
grace! I would remind you that everyone is not going to march up to
heaven's door and ask Gabriel to open the door while trying to explain
how good they have been, it just isn't going to happen that way!
REDEMPTION'S DOOR IS NEVER CLOSED!
Revelation 21:15 tells us, "the
gates of heaven are not closed by day and there is no night there". This of course is speaking of the
Saints having access to God's grace
and is a picture of Christ priestly work. Jesus said in John 10:9- "I am the door by me if any man enter in he shall
be saved...." This part of the
verse represents salvation and the rest of the verse has to do with the
child of God having access to God's physical blessings. "They
shall go in and out and find pasture". We as God's children have a lot of good
things awaiting us and as the song so aptly states; "This old world is
not my home, I am just passing through".
GOD'S GATEWAY IN PROPHESY.
Revealed truth from prophesy often requires
study to unlock the meaning. Revelation 21:21- "And the twelve gates were twelve
pearls"; speaking of the heavenly
city New Jerusalem which is going to come down from God out of heaven
after the thousand year millennium reign of Christ but In order for us
fully understand the meaning of these two chapters, we need to do a
systematic study to determine what is being said and to whom it is
speaking. There are seven groups of twelve things mentioned in
Revelation chapter 21:
12 Gates: Revelation 21:12
12 Angles: Revelation 21:12
12 Tribes of the Children of Israel: Revelation 21:12
12 Foundations of the city walls: Revelation 21:14
12 Apostles: Revelation 21:14
12 Precious stones: Revelation 21:19-20
12 Pearly Gates: Revelation 21:21
are two called out assemblies in the economy of God: Israel and the
They are both represented here in the book of Revelation with the
twelve Tribes representing Israel and the twelve Apostles representing
the Bride of Christ, (The Church).
(2)- The twelve foundations represent the building blocks of Faith.
Scripture tells us in Hebrews 11:9- "For
he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath
foundations, whose builder and maker is God".
(3)- The pearly Gates
represent the suffering of Christ to form His Bride, even as an oyster
suffers with a grain of sand that makes a pearl.
twelve Angels represent the messengers who delivered God's word.
four square city of twelve gates are made up of the South, North, East
and West three gates which represent an avenue to God from the four
corners of the earth. There are those who know the Lord in the free
pardon of sin from every kindred, nation and tongue! The Bible
declares in Titus 2:11- "The
grace of God that
bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men". Literally on behalf of all mankind. I am
so glad that God made a way through His Son for us Gentile Dogs to be
if you don't know the Lord in the free pardon of sin; Jesus is the only
Gate or doorway into heaven. You need to repent of your sin and ask
him to forgive you and to come into your heart today! Ask Him to help
you to join fellowship with a Bible believing congregation and follow
the Lord in believers baptism. You will then have an opportunity to
grow in grace as you study His word.
By James Tyson Sr.