In Genesis 28, Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
The house of God is the gate of heaven.
Hebrews 3:6 says “And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” Paul was even more direct in 1 Corinthians 3:16: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”
So I am [or we are, as a community, depending on how you read the pronouns] the gate of heaven.
Certainly, that applies in the evangelistic sense: it’s hard to become a child of God without having encountered the people of God first. (Possible, but hard.)
But that is clearly not the way that Jacob meant it in Genesis 28. This is his description of “the gate of heaven”:
He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the LORD, and he said: "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
I believe that it is not unreasonable that we, the people of God, the heirs of the
, should expect
to be a “gate of heaven,” with these effects: Kingdom
- We are a point where heaven and earth connect.
- We are a place where angels connect with earth.
- We are a place where God reveals himself as who He really is.
- We are inheritors of the promises of God: this is OUR land, and all peoples on this entire planet will be blessed through us, and through our offspring.
- Wherever we go, God goes with us, in us, through us!
- Wherever we go, God fulfils promises made to us, that infect all the residents of that place.
This is who we are. This is what we need to expect from our life in God. Our goal is not faithful attendance at a Sunday service for 30 years. Our goal is that wherever we go, heaven leaks out of our footprints, and grows into the manifestation of the
every place we
go, and in every person we meet. Kingdom
Our goal is nothing less than heaven on Earth. Through us.