Sobering Thoughts 9

Mat 7:13 “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. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell– and great was its fall.”

There are very many in the world who are almost and yet but almost Christians…A second proof of it is that of the parable of the virgins in St. Matthew. See what a progress they make, how far they go in a profession of Christ.

It should provoke people to examine their hearts when they read verses like the ones above, but for those who are deceived they may remain deceived. It is easy enough to read those verses and just assume that I have read and heard these verses before and simply go on with life. Legalist will assume that because they are so stringent that this passage cannot be talking about them. Those who have taken up with easy believism will dismiss this passage as being the spirit of the Old Testament. However, the words of Christ should penetrate to the depths of our soul and we must know that His words can never fall to the ground. His words are absolute truth!

The urgent words of Christ are that we should enter through the narrow gate. Oh how hard this is for the self-willed person to hear. How hard this is for the person who loves his own will to hear. How hard this is for all those who want to be like God (like the devil) and follow their own wisdom and find their own way. Oh, we think, I am not like those people. I am more religious and my morality is better than those people. That is really nothing less than to have the spirit of the Pharisee that Jesus condemned in Luke 18. “God, I thank you that I am not like other people” (Luke 18:11).

We must get it into our heads and then cry out to the Lord to drive this into our hearts that the gate is narrow and the words of Christ are urgent. It is not just that He is describing a gate to them as such, but He is urging them to enter at the narrow gate. He did not tell them that the gate is narrow and then tell them to be sure and enter it before they die at an old age, He is urging them to enter it now. No one has the guarantee of a long life and no one has the guarantee that s/he will be allowed to live another moment. We simply have no idea when we will die and we should urgently seek to enter at the narrow gate at the earliest possible moment and that is this very moment. We must not put this off as there is nothing more important.

Each person must know that there is a coming judgment day. Each person will die and each person will be judged before the living God. This is not some story that has been concocted to control the behavior of people, it has been revealed by God and each person must know that s/he will die and will be judged by the all-seeing and all-knowing God. This God is also all-present and all-powerful, so there is no escape from Him. He is the living God who upholds each being as He pleases and He is the One that gives each one his or her every breath at His mere pleasure. He has sent His Beloved Son who is Truth Himself and His Son commands and urges people to enter at through the narrow gate. That means that there is a narrow gate and that means that what Christ says about destruction is also true. There is no avoiding judgment and there is no avoiding the fact that there is a narrow gate and there are many who do not enter there. All those who do not enter at the narrow gate are on the road to destruction and they will perish in hell forever. This is that serious and it is that urgent.

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