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Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2017-02-23     Views : 257     Touched : 61
Our Scripture reading for today is a continuation of the previous day’s reading from Genesis:

“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is THE GATE OF HEAVEN!” Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the STONE that he had put at his head, set it up as a PILLAR, and poured oil on top of it. And he called the name of that place BETHEL; but the name of that city had been Luz previously” (Genesis 28:16-19).

We thank God for the Word of His blessing. As people of faith, we must know that the Word of God contains His mind, and He reveal His plans and purpose for us through this Word. But our natural man can never comprehend the deep things of God except by the Spirit of God.

But the Good News is that, “ God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). JESUS IS GOOD, and His salvation of the water and the Spirit is so sweet, glorious and splendid.

In the previous day, we saw in Genesis 28:10-12 how Jacob rested on the STONE (Jesus Christ) after he was being chased by Esau for his unrighteousness and wrong doings. We also saw how JESUS gave Jacob REST (His righteousness) by revealing to him in a dream that He is the LADDER for him to climb up to Heaven.

So let us now dive into what God has for us today in our Scripture reading from Genesis.

The Bible says that after Jacob awoke from the dream he said, “Surely the LORD is in this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is THE GATE OF HEAVEN!” We must take our time to understand this passage very well because in it contains the hidden mystery of JESUS BAPTISM.

It is very true that the LORD was in that place where Jacob had the dream because the STONE which he even laid his head to rest was Jesus Christ, and the LADDER which Jacob saw was also Jesus Christ. This is what made Jacob to conclude that Jesus Christ is “THE GATE OF HEAVEN.”

In fact Jesus Himself confirmed that He is THE GATE OF HEAVEN when He said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by THE DOOR, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the DOOR is the shepherd of the sheep.” Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I AM THE DOOR of the sheep” (John 10:1-2,7).

Dearly beloved, just ask yourself this one question: “If Jesus is THE GATE OF HEAVEN as Jacob also realized, then WHEN did God actually opened this GATE OF HEAVEN for us to enter His Kingdom?” The answer is right here in the Holy Scripture below:

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptize by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been BAPTIZED, Jesus came up immediately from the WATER; and behold, THE HEAVENS WERE OPENED to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved SON, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:13-17).

We can therefore see clearly here that the moment the Son of God was baptized by John the Baptist in order for the sin of the world to be laid on Him “to fulfill all righteousness” for mankind, the Scripture says that “THE HEAVENS WERE OPENED.”

As a Christian, unless you believed that God passed all your lifelong sins onto Jesus when He received the water baptism before dying on the Cross, the “Heavens” CANNOT OPEN for you, and therefore you cannot ENTER the Kingdom of God.

That is why Jesus said that, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of WATER and the SPIRIT, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5). This is because it was after He was baptized to accept our sin upon Himself that THE GATE OF HEAVEN which Jacob saw in His dream was OPENED for all mankind to enter.

That is why when John the Apostle was in the realm of the Spirit, he said, “After these things I looked, and behold, A DOOR STANDING OPEN IN HEAVEN” (Revelation 4:1). It means that this DOOR (GATE OF HEAVEN) was formerly closed (shut), and no human being could ENTER due to sin. But the moment Jesus was baptized for our consecration, this HEAVENLY DOOR was OPENED.

Jesus is the One who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens (Revelation 3:7). He has opend the DOOR OF THE KINGDOM for you after taking all your sins upon Himself in the Jordan River, and Satan cannot even shut this DOOR in front of you. For God said, “Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:13).

Can Satan reverse the baptism of Jesus and His death on the Cross? Can Satan reverse the resurrection of Jesus? Can the Devil reverse you to become a sinner again after God has made you righteous according to His eternal purpose in Christ Jesus? NEVER!

That is why Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

Jacob believed in the animal sacrifices which was a portrait of how Jesus of Christ will take away the sin of the world. Therefore the Bible says this about Jacob: “Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his brethren to eat bread. And they ate bread and stayed all night on the mountain” (Genesis 31:54)

Through the burnt offerings of sacrifice for sin, Jacob believed that Jesus Christ will be baptized in the future to open THE GATE OF HEAVEN which he saw in his dream, and He will die for all mankind including himself.

THE GATE OF HEAVEN has been opened for those who believe in the BAPTISM of Jesus Christ by which He took away all their sins upon Himself. The death of Jesus on the Cross and His resurrection were all revealed in HIS BAPTISM.

Let us give all the GLORY and PRAISE to Jesus for opening THE GATE OF HEAVEN which Jacob saw in His dream. Jesus baptism is a blessing which enable us to enter God’s Kingdom. Hallelujah!

The Part 3 of this message will be continued tomorrow if God permits

Those Who Have This Faith Are RICHLY BLESSED In The Heavenly Places!


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