In Matthew 16, Jesus famously said that He would build His church and the gates of Hades would not prevail against it. If you have been reading this blog for the past couple of weeks you know that “the gates of Hades” would be synonymous with “the gates of death.” Therefore, Jesus was saying that the church He was building would transcend death. That is, death would have no power over its constituents. It could not keep anyone from becoming part of it; it could not remove anyone from being a part of it.
What you next need to give thought to is the word “church,” for many of you will imagine something with a human pope or pastor in charge of it. This is because you are thinking of the word according to what it has come to mean in our day. Yet the word did not have this meaning when Jesus spoke it. Rather, church was a word for an assembly, a convocation, a congregation, a group or crowd called out – even a civic or political gathering. Of course, Jesus was doing the calling. In other words, Jesus was saying that His group would not be depleted by death – that death had no claim on the crowd He was assembling.
Who then would be included in this group Jesus was claiming? Only those for whom He died. And for whom did He die? For the whole world (1 John 2:2).
Therefore, Everyone Is Going to Heaven – even those who had died even before Jesus came (Romans 14:9)
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.