We have explored the names of Nehemiah’s 10 Gates, that were built to fortify Jerusalem after the Babylonians conquest. We have seen how they describe the gospel of Jesus.
It is wonderful to see that the gospel is embroidered into the very fabric of scripture.
Please either listen to the short audio text above or read the notes below or both at the same time.
Therefore, we can bring this altogether and say:
1 The first gate is the Sheep’s Gate and looks forward to Christ Jesus being the sacrificial lamb, the perfect sacrifice, who died for the sins of the world.
John 1:29 “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world..“
2 The second gate is the Fish Gate, and by Christ’s sacrificial death, we may become fishers of men and preach the good news to the world of salvation through faith in Christ.
Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me”, Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.“
3 The third gate is the Old Gate. By receiving Christ Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we become new creations, the old has gone and the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone the new has come!’
4 The fourth gate is the Valley Gate. On our Christian path we will meet many valleys and times of weakness and despondency. These dry valley periods will serve to strengthen us and keep us depending on Christ Jesus for support.
Psalm 23:4 ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…’
5 The fifth gate is the Dung Gate. As we walk the Christian path and devote ourselves to the means of grace, we will find the Holy Spirit sanctifying us, removing the dross and purifying us from the inside out.
Psalm 51:7 ‘Cleanse me with hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.’
6 The sixth gate is the Fountain Gate and the promise is that the presence of Jesus will be a fresh source of pure water. At any moment we may turn inwards and feel the gentle reassuring balm of his sweet presence.
John 4:13 ‘Jesus answered, “Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.“
7 The seventh gate is the Water Gate. This pertains to the holy scriptures that will wash us as we immerse ourselves in their divine truths.
Ephesians 5:25a ‘…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to himself, as a radiant church…’
8 The eighth gate is the Horse Gate that pertains to spiritual warfare. As we immerse ourselves in the presence of Jesus and guard our hearts with the belt of truth of scripture then we will be able to stand and fight against the enemy.
Ephesians 6:13 ‘Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…’
9 The ninth gate is the East Gate which looks forward to the return of Christ Jesus in power and glory, to gather his family, defeat the enemy, and usher in the Kingdom where he will reign for all eternity from the New Jerusalem.
Matthew 24:27 ‘For as lightening that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.’
10 The tenth gate is the Inspection Gate that speaks of the accountability of every Christian who will be rewarded when Christ returns, and the judgement for those who have deliberately denied Jesus and turned their back on the gospel because they prefer their own darkness.
Revelation 22:12 ‘Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.’
Next week we explore Revelation 6 and the rider of the white horse.
To read the previous eight gates click on their name:
Gate 1 The Sheep Gate
Gate 2 The Fish Gate
Gate 3 The Old Gate
Gate 4 The Valley Gate
Gate 5 The Dung Gate
Gate 6 The Fountain Gate
Gate 7 The Water Gate
Gate 8 The Horse Gate
Gate 9 The East Gate
Gate 10 The Inspection Gate
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