The oyster is an allegory of the wonderful Christ. He is the unique One that can live in the death waters. As One who is living and organic, He was wounded by us, and He reacted by resurrecting to secrete His life-sap around the wounding ones. What a mercy! We wounded Him, and He will not let us go. Because of His great love with which He loved us, His wound caused by us became our prison. His desire is to imprison us in His death that we might enjoy His life-secreting resurrection….Christ makes us pearls by being wounded by us, by keeping us in His wound, and by secreting Himself around us in His death through resurrection in the Spirit, who is His reality.
The pearls are the gates, and this point of the allegory means that the more we are made pearls, the more we are in the New Jerusalem.
“Lord, imprison me and keep me always in Your death. I do not want to leave Your death, but to make Your death my sweet and wonderful dwelling place. Lord, I want to stay with You in Your death.” (God’s New Testament Economy, ch. 33, by Witness Lee)