As we reflect on the events of Palm Sunday and Easter, it is well to be reminded of the promise of Christ that the gates of Hell would not prevail against the church. But what exactly does it mean to say that the gates would not prevail? Can a gate prevail? Or is something else intended?
This study suggests that what is intended are not literal or metaphorical conflict in which gates are attacked but cannot prevail, but the wisdom which emanates from the gates of the city, which is where in Israel the decisions of the elders were made, justice was done, and disputes settled. The wisdom of Hell will not prevail against the wisdom granted by Christ through the Spirit to the church – his people.