Prevailing against the Gates of Hell?

Light on a misused passage!


“And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 16:17-19

Matthew 16:17-19 is one of the most controversial passages in the Bible. Rome bases its claims to Petrine authority primarily upon this entry. But today I would like to focus on just a small portion of the passage:

“…the gates of hell shall not prevail against (the church).” – Matthew 16:18

I listen to a lot of Catholic talk radio strictly for…

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12 thoughts on “Prevailing against the Gates of Hell?

  1. Dante Alighieri 1265 – 1321
    The Book Call Itself The Divine Comedy ..And I See It To Be More Comedy Than Divine…
    But Interesting Work Nonetheless. Consequances Is A Very Important Word In That Writing, No Way Out, And To That I Don’t Agree, It Keep People Down Even Before They Die, There Are Missknowledges Of Our Saviour Jesus Christ Who Die For All Sinners … Opening The Heaven.
    Dante passes through the gate of Hell, which bears an inscription ending with the famous phrase
    “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate”, most frequently translated as “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”[Wiki)

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    • Wil, yes, I remember this quote: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” As a young woman taking the train to work each day, I read two of the books of Dante’s Divine Comedy: Hell and Purgatory. I never read Paradise. It was very vivid and the translation by an Anglican Christian, Dorothy Sayers, was very good. It will be good to watch this video. Thank you!

      Most important – praise the Lord Jesus Christ for laying down His life for us so that we could escape His just judgment.

      It is always good to hear from you, brother!

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