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7 Lift up [nasa'] your heads, [ro'sh] O ye gates; [sha`ar] and be
ye lift up, [nasa'] ye everlasting [`owlam] doors; [pethach] and the
King [melek] of glory [kabowd] shall come in. [bow']KJV-Interlinear
7 Lift up
your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory
may come in! NASB
When Adam and Eve were in the Garden, they walked and talked with God everyday, and thus they had a relationship with God prior to their fall. This was Jesus Christ with whom they associated while in the garden.
After their sin, they lost that personal relationship, which was replaced with what is known as the shechinah (sha-ki-na) or shechinah glory. This is the visible presence or manifestation of God, but not the person Himself.
This first revealing of the shechinah, or visible glory came when they were evicted out of the garden and the glory in the form of a flaming sword turning in every direction, and positioned between to angels, stood guard over the entrance of the garden which was to say standing guard over the tree of life, which is eternal life.
Man cannot gain access to the tree of life except through Christ, the flaming sword. He is the only means of salvation and eternal life. Man cannot ever nor is he capable of, gaining eternal life on his own.
And here we have gates or doors that lead to eternity.
Gates or doors are the means of entry into something. Typically they are used by cities, or homes and when they are closed then those on the outside are denied entry unless they are opened.
This same shechinah was manifested during the exodus, when the Israelites were led by a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. The Egyptians saw this manifestation and were afraid. The Israelites saw it and were comforted by it.
The Shechinah, a bright light, at times appeared usually within a cloud which shielded the light. It appeared between the angels on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant, which was located in the inner room of the tabernacle. That room was called the Holy of Holies.
It was shielded by a huge veil or curtain, which prevented anyone from approaching God on their own.
Only when the work of the cross was completed and the way of salvation secured, and likewise the barrier was removed, then did the huge earthquake tear down that curtain, thus opening up the way of salvation for everyone, making direct access to God now possible. Christ's work on the cross was that work.
Christ is that gate, that door, and your faith is the opening wide that access to eternal life.
The cross threw open wide, all barriers, making way for the Lord to enter in, and for eternal life to enter in, to something that was otherwise inaccessible. You were inaccessible prior to salvation. God made you accessible.
You did not make yourself accessible to eternal life.
Likwsie, this accessibility is everlasting. That means that once the gates and doors have been thrown wide open, and you have passed through in faith, then they can never be closed again. That is eternal security. You can never lose your salvation. You can never lose your eternal life. No matter how evil you might become or might think that you are, once saved, always saved.
Christ did the work and Christ did not make any mistakes, did not leave anything out, did not overlook anything or anyone. And that is addressed in the next verse.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.