I have always been intrigued by the Lord’s rebuke of the disciples because of their lack of perception with regard to something they should have; they failed to understand an important lesson. In the first four verses the Lord rebukes the religious leaders because they could interpret the physical realm, but failed in their efforts toward the spiritual realm. This failing, it will be noted, was not something the Lord accepted. Thus, when they disciples interpreted their immediate physical surrounding like they did, they also failed to understand the spiritual. How guilty are we?
The gates of hell (hades) shall not prevail against it! The Lord’s church will be victorious no matter what it is that Satan throws against it. As you look at Revelation 12 and 13 you will note that the full force of evil will come crashing into it and try to get through the “doors of the church.” The doors, however, are so strong that the only force strong enough to open them up will be the Lord Himself (cf. Revelation 3:20). While the local body might have its “candlestick” removed if there is a consistent failing to live by the light of God’s life, we can be sure that those in Christ (2 Timothy 2:19) will receive that for which they long. Are you faithful to Christ? Then by necessity you are faithful to His body, which is the church. Have you tried to make a distinction in your mind between Christ and the church? The Lord did not.