8/26/18 – The Wall – Part 6 – The Gates 3

The Wall Series

Part 4 The Gates (c)

Sermon Setup

  • Recap teaching on the Gates of Jerusalem
  • So far, we’ve walked through the Sheep Gate, The Fish Gate, The Old Gate, The Valley Gate, The Refuse Gate, The Fountain Gate and the Water Gate.
  • Today we will end with The Horse Gate, The East Gate and the Inspection Gate

Opening Passage

2 Peter 1:5-11 (NKJV)

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father

I pray that today’s message

transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation

and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit

renew our minds and transform our lives in the name of Jesus.

Amen

  1. The Horse Gate

Nehemiah 3:28 (NKJV)

Beyond the Horse Gate the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house.

Historical Significance

The horse gate was close to the King’s stables and the men of Jerusalem would ride their horses out of this gate to war.

Personal Significance

The horse gate speaks to us of warfare as horses were used in battle and became a symbol of war.

Revelation 19:11 (NKJV)

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

Spiritual warfare is a requirement of every Christian because we are all in a battle whether we know it or not. It is also interesting that the horse gate follows the water (word) gate for as the word goes forth the spiritual warfare is sure to increase!

Three things to know about spiritual warfare…

  1. What is spiritual warfare?

Spiritual warfare is God allowing the enemy to test your battle worthiness.

If you don’t believe me just read the book of Job!

God has ordained warfare for His children!

Judges 3:1-2 (NKJV)

Now these are the nations which the Lord left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan (this was only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it),

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NKJV)

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…

Our weapons are not for fighting people but rather spirits.

  • girded your waist with truth
  • put on the breastplate of righteousness
  • shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace
  • take the shield of faith
  • take the helmet of salvation
  • fight with the sword of the Spirit (word of God)

Psalm 144:1 (NKJV)

Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.

  1. Who are we fighting?

Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

When a person becomes the object of your battle or fight… you lose!

But, you need not fear if you are fighting in the authority of Christ!

Luke 10:17-20 (NKJV)

Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the *authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

  1. Why are we fighting?

God needs to know if you are going to have courage under fire!

Judges 3:4 (NKJV)

And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

Q: If God used natural warfare to test His children before Christ wouldn’t it make since that He now uses spiritual warfare for the same reason?

Q: When the bullets are flying can you follow order?

Q: Can you obey God regardless of the circumstances?

Q: At the end of the day, do you know what obedience is? A: FAITH!

  • Every battle we’re ever going to fight is won or lost on our faith (or lack thereof) when we put our faith in Christ.

NOTICE: The horse gate was close to the King’s stables… warfare makes us very close to the King!

  1. The East Gate

Nehemiah 3:29 (NKJV)

After them Zadok the son of Immer made repairs in front of his own house. After him Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the keeper of the East Gate, made repairs.

Historical Significance

The East gate is located on the opposite side of the Mount of Olives.

Personal Significance

Ezekiel 44:1-3 ‘… the gate that looked toward the east, and it was shut. The Lord said to me, ‘This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for the Lord God of Israel has entered by it.’ The east gate opens and looks toward the Mount of Olives and we know that when Jesus returns He will return to this mount. (Zech 14:4). He will then enter Jerusalem by the east gate. The east gate then speaks of the return of Jesus Christ. For our Christian life it shows us of our need to live with this hope and to long for His return. A specific crown is even given to those who do this (2 Tim 4:8).

Ezekiel 44:1-2; 4 (NKJV) Ezekiel’s Vision

Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it was shut. 2 And the Lord said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.

4 Also He brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple; so I looked, and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord; and I fell on my face.

On a personal level this gate must remain shut to the influence of men. This speaks to the presence of the Lord in our walk.

For Christians collectively, this speaks to the return of Christ.

Zechariah 14:4 (NKJV)

And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east…

Matthew 24:27 (NKJV)

For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

This is about living our lives with eternity in mind!

2 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

NLT the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.

When we live with eternity in mind our lives will look very different.

  1. The Inspection Gate

Nehemiah 3:31 (NKJV)

After him Malchijah, one of the goldsmiths, made repairs as far as the house of the Nethinim and of the merchants, in front of the Miphkad Gate, and as far as the upper room at the corner.

Historical Significance

Also known as the Miphkad gate. The word in Hebrew has a military connection and according to tradition it was at this gate that David would meet his troops to inspect them.

Personal Significance

Personal Significance

Personal aspect: The final gate is the inspection gate. This gate speaks to us of the examination of our lives by the Lord. This occurs in this life as indicated by Paul in 1 Cor 4:4: ‘For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.’ The ultimate fulfilment is at the Bema seat of Christ (as spoken of in 1 Cor 3:10-15, 2 Cor 5:10) where our lives are inspected and rewarded appropriately. In our Christian experience we should be living with this in mind. We are called to live our lives with eternity in view, caring more for the things of eternity than the temporal that we see around us.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (NKJV)

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

What does this mean?

Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

So, we know it can’t be a condemning experience.

Is it God detailing out every sin we’ve ever committed?

Jeremiah 31:34 (NKJV)

… For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

God does not remember our sins once we are forgiven.

In fact, God actually removes our sin from us…

Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

So, what is this day for…

1 Corinthians 4:2-5 (NKJV)

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

This is the day you meet Jesus in person and He will praise you!

End with Opening Passage

2 Peter 1:5-11 (NKJV)

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Next Gate is the First Gate… The Sheep Gate… We See Jesus!

Invitation for Salvation

There are two more gates mentioned in the Bible. The gates of heaven and the gates of hell.

The gates of hell are there to keep imprisoned those tormented souls who rejected Christ in this life.

Revelation 21:23-27 (NKJV)

The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything [f]that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Which gates do you want to enter on judgement day, heaven or hell?

Heads bowed, and eyes closed…

As we’ve just learned, the Bible says that God not only forgives our sins when we repent and trust Christ for our salvation, but He also forgets them.

How is this possible? On a human level it isn’t; but with God it is possible; He is able to blot out our sins so completely that it is as if they had never existed.

Does this mean God just ignores our sins? No, not at all. God is holy and just, and sin is an offense to Him. When we sin, we’re telling God that He doesn’t matter to us; in fact, we’re actually in open rebellion against Him. We are guilty and deserve only His judgment, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t erase our sins or cleanse them from our hearts.

Only God can do this — and that’s exactly what He did when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for us. We deserve to die — but on the cross all our sins were placed on Him, and He died in our place. Do you know your sins have been forgiven? You can, by turning to Christ in repentance and faith, and giving your life to Him right now, here in this moment.

Prayer

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Raise Hands if You Prayed that Prayer

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