The Gate of Heaven

Think with me for a minute:

Genesis 28:17 says, "And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!" 

In this case, the gate of heaven was described asa ladder, set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. [28:12] From earth. To heaven. The house of God is the gate of heaven. Hmmm.

Principle: the house of God is the gate of heaven. It is specifically the means of accessing heaven from earth.

I Corinthians 3:16 (or 6:19) declares that in our day, the house of God [the “temple” of God, the habitation of God] is you. Well, and me. We are – specifically, our bodies are – the temple, the dwelling place of God.

Therefore (and this might stretch you as much as it stretches me): you are a gate of heaven. Note: not a gate “to heaven,” but “of heaven.” There’s a difference.

In Jacob’s vocabulary, there is “a ladder, set up IN YOU, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

So I’ve been reflecting on what it means that I am a “gate of heaven.”

·         For people who don’t have any other access, I am an access point to Heaven.

·         I can, myself, access heaven. I can take day trips there. (John 3:13: No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Jesus is announcing that, as early as John 3, he has taken day trips to heaven.)

·         Heaven also has access to earth through you. But (“set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven”) it takes my initiative on Earth to release Heaven.

·         If my NT “gate of heaven” is like Jacob’s OT “gate of heaven” (I’m not quite ready to make that as an assumption), then angels have access from heaven to earth, and from earth to heaven through me. One word: Whoa!

If nothing else, this perspective requires that I take seriously my role as a son of the Kingdom, as a “king and priest” [Revelation 1:6 & 5:10] of our God. 


LaughingDog said...

If for no other reason, take your Sonship seriously. It is, of course, NOT IN ANY WAY a "trivial" thing! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Well sir I like to see people try to expand their thinking in a scriptural way. I don't agree with your thinking except for the last part.I think you might like this though. If we can confess Jesus as Lord it is by the Holy Spirit (which is drastica;lly undertaught and largly misunderstood concerning written scripture in New Testament.A temple of God so if I say Father I thank you that I am yours forgive me of sin and draw me unto you let me walk inyour ways will and seasons and then said the Holy Spirit is my teacher He shows me things to come He searches the deep things of God thank you Father in Jesus name that the Spirit of might dwells in me the Spirit of grace dwells in me the Spirit of seeing and knowing dwells in me the Spirit of grace and supplication Dwells in me the Spirit of creation dwells in me thak you Jesus that your Spirit dwells in me as the Spirit of the Lord. Miight not be very long before God begins to direct you ordering your steps in what the World would consider impossible ways as you are obedient and open up the Word as the Spirit of Wisdom and Knowledge dwells in you. Be blessed

Anonymous said...

Of the angels I have seen both serprhram fiery ones and angels appearing as light and yet not on Gods side angels assigned to me and confirmed even announced before I knew more where coming and a drastic increase and expensive lessons in spiritual warfare. I know many are teaching there are gates ect. please please pray before you begin to consider or give heed to any of these doctorines please fast and pray if you must this is very important. even in the spiritual realm the revelation gifts of God are essential to safety and life on earth we are heading fpr a battle unprecedented.Ed dufrense testified to being told the level of warfare before Jesus comes back will require the people of God to walk where few have ever walked. February, 13 2009 Mike Bickle's Prophetic Dream was a warning to him and others I have heard no doctorinal shift he was shown they where not prepared to deal with the things coming