“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Continued from Jesus Who?—Problem Solver.
Jesus isn’t the one who is waiting for people on the other side of the wide gate. No wonder Satan works so hard to deceive so many Christians that the narrow gate is “judgmental”. To whom are we leading people is a question each of us needs to ask ourselves. Interesting that Jesus spoke of the narrow and wide gates following teaching on judging (Matthew 7:1-6). Hmmm…. it’s almost like Jesus knew His teaching was going to be twisted and misrepresented. Of course, the Lord was aware of everything; there are no coincidences. The broad road is full of enticing snares, and just as the Lord warned, most will be led astray.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). One of the most startling teachings of Jesus is His teaching about the two gates, because I believe that few really understand its true meaning and warning. People that attend any kind of church usually believe that the wide gate is reserved exclusively for the godless; those who are not interested in serving God. But the audience Jesus was warning include people who believe they’re going to heaven, i.e. believers. No wonder Jesus goes on to warn of false prophets (15-20) and false disciples (21-23) in the very next breath, and then chapter seven closes out with the wise and foolish builders (24-27). The crowds, that day, were astonished by His teaching (28-29). We should be too.
The scripture considered in this post is full of any number of other revelations and wonderful truths worth exploring, but I have written what I believe the Holy Spirit has guided me to write.
Heavenly Father, we pray for ears to hear and eyes to see; we pray to discern the narrow from the wide (7-12). Amen.
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