Having chosen to enter at the gate, one must now choose the best “way” to get to the gate, This introduces the idea of time for the journey - tenacity, whereas the gate may represent a decision, the way represents living it out, The wide gate corresponds to the broad way, this is the way that leads to destruction -, this is true in this world, and ultimately of hell, The broad way illustrates a wide roadway, able to accommodate a large number of people, This “WAY” to hell is paved with “self” and “comfort”, This road represents the path of ease, and carnal pleasure, It is easy to take this road - just set he cruise control and go, Decisions are led by emotion and self satisfaction on this road, and should never be difficult, In fact, this was one of the problems He had to confront, The Pharisees were comfortable in their self righteousness, the Sadducees were comfortable in their legalism, the sinners were comfortable in their sin, the Romans were comfortable in their idolatry. always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. Will you join me in this journey? But the better lessons are those Jesus wants us to learn, which are: Watch out for false prophets and observe their fruits. Founded in 2002. & 2 Thessalonians Remember his teaching about the tree and its fruit? 4. be holy ghost baptized with … Revelation After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, Jesus said that there would be many that would come and sit down with Abraham, So the “few” then should be interpreted in relation to the seemingly many more that are at ease without care for their salvation (seemingly), Or perhaps to the feeling of aloneness that we who have chosen this narrow road often feel while walking out our faith in this world, Like Elijah, we can often feel that “they” have broken down His altars and now “i” only am left and they want to kill me, Like Elijah, we can be assured that there are thousands (times thousands) who have not bowed their knee to Baal, Yet, if there were none, we must Choose for ourselves whom we will serve, Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way that leads to life, The New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Gospel of Matthew. your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law. Matt. ... As we begin a new series that explores the Sermon on the Mount given by Jesus, we look at … Abraham The destruction Jesus speaks of is a terrible prospect, a terrible reality. The Greek word is prosechō, "be in a state of alert, be concerned about, care for, take care," here "beware of" something.2. What do they look like? So there is an entrance, or gate that we must choose. Our heart must be his, and his alone. How might it be possible to prophesy, drive out demons, and perform miracles in Jesus' name and not enter the Kingdom of heaven? Resurrection Open your Bible to Matthew 7, Matthew 7, and I will read for you a very familiar and very important portion of Scripture. They had heard various teachers quoting other great men to bolster their cases. This is none other than Jesus Christ himself. your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the. If you think you've never entered the narrow gate, then enter today. It is not whether you have had some Christian "experience," as wonderful as that is. I should have seen it then, but I was so intent upon redeeming Billy and overlooking his flaws, that I couldn't see how dangerous he was. My dear friends! The narrow gate and the difficult way Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14, emphasis added throughout). indeed they measure their success and their godliness by comparing themselves with the rest of the world that does not know Jesus Christ. Have you sunk your foundations into Jesus, the true Rock? Holy Spirit, Disciple's Guide It is His command, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Or it may be shriveled or deformed in shape. leads means: to stretch out over a distance,… 1 Peter Here we discover that there are two gates, two roads, two destinies, and two groups of people. This is the point when some try to give us a false assurance: "If you've prayed the sinner's prayer and invited Jesus into your heart," they say, "you're okay." And it means to hold people responsible for their actions. If not, you'll fall apart. 2 Corinthians Today I'm running to catch up, to take ahold of you, to kneel at your feet. It is whether we will be his disciples or our own headstrong, self-willed controllers of our own destiny. Ephesians E-mail Bible Study 1. And from this day, Lord, help me to stay close so I can hear your quiet words and encouragements and directions.