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"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it."  Matthew 16:18 (NAS)

In the earliest New Testament manuscripts for Matthew 16:18, the Greek word "haides" is translated into the English word "Hades."  This Greek word "haides" is defined as "unseen, i.e., "Hades" or the place (state) of departed souls." In other word, Hades is the unseen place of the dead.

The gates of death will not overpower or prevail against the church.  People who are not yet Christians are held by the gates of Hades...the gates of death.  As we saw in Lesson 1, a person who sins is separated from God (Isaiah 59:1-2) and deserves the penalty that sin pays...the penalty of death (Romans 6:23). 

However, through belief in Jesus and obedience to His gospel (see Lesson1), we are released from the power of death...released from the gates of Hades.

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