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The Narrow Gate

Matthew 7:13–14

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Many times in the bible we hear Jesus telling all who would hear him and listen that he is the way, the truth and the life ( John 14:6), he also said “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.” (John 11:25).  Jesus has been preaching the Sermon on the Mount  in Matthew’s Gospel.

He spelled out how kingdom citizens are to behave, that they must be broken over their sin, mourning over sin, they must thirst for righteousness and truth, they must love peace and hate violence and act justly. Seeking goodness, hating immorality and seeking for God’s will to be done.  They must be willing to suffer in Jesus’ name as Jesus himself suffered and was to suffer.  Jesus wants committed followers and not half hearted ones.  Jesus sent half hearted followers away as he did in Matthew 8:22-23  Another of His disciples requested, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father. 22 But Jesus told him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead”.  What the disciple of Jesus was asking is in essence “ Let me wait until my father is dead and when I have my inheritance I’ll follow you”.  Notice that disciple did not get into the boat with Jesus. Nothing is said about him anymore.  The are many more examples in scripture of Jesus asking all that follow Him to make hard decisions.  Here in these verses, Jesus is asking all to make the most important decision in life.  It is decision time of the mountain and Jesus give us a command…”Enter by the narrow gate.” Notice the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life. The most striking statement Jesus makes is there are few who find it. There are two possible paths the wide gate and the narrow gate.  One leads to eternal life and the other leads to eternal damnation.  One Bible scholar wrote “No one gets to heaven by the religion of human achievement. The only way is through divine accomplishment. That is what God has done to save sinners through the work of Jesus Christ in His cross and resurrection. There are two ways, broad and narrow. There are two destinies, life and destruction. There are two crowds, many and few.”  Either you believe that you are good enough and contribute to your salvation, or you can do nothing to contribute to your salvation and it is only faith and the grace of God that saves you. 

May we all be found on the narrow path, having entered through the narrow door through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. There is no other way, none.

Matt Schneider