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The Gate of Salvation

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19 December 2023

It seems invisible and unreal but it is there. Everything has an entrance. Whether implicitly or realistically, everything has a gate. There is a gate into every city. There is a gate to every house. Every nation has gates and the custom officers of the nation are the virtual door. These gates open the door of the nation to admit foreigners and can also empower to close the doors of the nation to reject unwanted foreigners. Every relationship has an entrance. Marriage is a gate to a beautiful family relationship and children are the products thereof. We enter into the gate of education at the primary school level and we come out of the gate of higher institution with various professions and skills that become so useful to bless humanity. We enter into the gate of business world and we come out with various products that are very useful to humanity.

One unique attribute of a gate is that it shapes the people and anything that passes through it. We have to tilt and adjust a three-seater couch before taking it through a door. One may need to drag a mattress through the door in order to bring it in. The tall people will need to bend down a bit in order to be able to pass through a gate. The large and plump people enter the door with adjusted angles of their body. Anything that cannot be shaped before taking through the door will have to be dismantled and take apart and possibly be reassembled after the parts had been taken through the door. In the real life experience, it is not only the door that shapes people. It is also strong principle and faith in the righteous doctrine of the word of God, rules and regulations of institutions, and lastly, above all, obedience to the commandments of God. All these act as a mechanism of an invisible gate that shape and mold humanity.

The life story of Ruth is very remarkable and relevant to this topic. She was from the nation of Moab, one of the idolatrous Gentile nations. She was one of the two Moabite women that got married to the two Jewish sons of Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion. Elimelech and his two sons died in Moab leaving Naomi the wife of Elimelech and her two daughters-in-law Orpah and Ruth.

Naomi persuaded her two daughters in law to return to their father’s house. Orpah accepted the persuasive suggestion.  She simply parted with Naomi her mother-in-law and went her way to Moab. But Ruth would not yield to any persuasion. This she did because of her right attitude within and her sincere love for her helpless mother-in-law.  In her insistent, she said to Naomi her mother in law. “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17) With this strong determination of Ruth, you can see the way she yielded herself to the shaping of the new gate of her life she was entering. She jettison and abandoned the idolatry life of Moabites, she rejected the idol god therein. She subjected her mind and soul to the shaping of the gate she was about to enter and with total humility and determination and she chose to cross to the gate of wisdom called salvation to follow the God Almighty when she said, thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” She totally cleaved to her mother in law and returned with her to Jerusalem.  Her journey became a fruitful one. God did not put her to shame. She eventually married Boaz, and she begat Obed.  “There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:17) Jesse was the father of King David and in the lineage of King David.  Finally, our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world through the lineage of his great grandmother Ruth. Ruth was the only Gentile that has a book in the Bible to her name because she yielded herself to the shaping of the gate of salvation when she entered and faithfully made a pronouncement saying, “thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.”

In John 14:6, our Lord Jesus Christ says, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus is the gate to the Kingdom of God. He is the bridge of salvation that spanned over the mighty gulf of hell-fire and anchored in the presence of God in Heaven. The wise men and women of old passed through Him to embrace salvation in the kingdom of God. He is the true way of life and the way of truth and acceptable life in the confidence of righteousness of God. Like Ruth and wise elects of God the saints and those that had gone into eternity of rest, enter ye this day into the assured gate of salvation.

O Lord, open my eyes of understanding as I come to your presence this day.  Grant me the grace to yield myself to the shaping and molding of Your glorious gate through the revelation of the word of God. Endow me the grace of making a right choice of life in the gate of Your salvation. Let the power of Your presence welcome me to Your righteous side at last, in Jesus name, Amen.


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