Sobering Thoughts 14

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.

The reason that people must go through the narrow gate is because of three things. One, the gate is wide that leads to destruction. Two, the way is broad that leads to destruction. Three, there are many who enter through that broad gate (from Sobering Thoughts 10)

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

The words of Christ should land with all the force of a freight train upon our souls. “There are many who enter through it” (the broad gate). Not only does the broad gate appear very deceptive for those who think that they are entering the narrow gate, there are many false prophets around only too eager to help those around them enter the broad gate. These false prophets may be the nicest people and the best spoken, but that is nothing but sheep’s clothing for them. In reality they are pawns of the devil who is using them to hide his own ravenous nature of the wolf who longs to devour eternal souls. The nicest and most well-spoken of ministers may indeed be nothing but a mean for the devil to deceive souls.

“There are many who enter through it” (the broad gate). How many people read their Bibles and just assume that s/he is safe? How many people hear someone read that passage and just assume that s/he is safe? How many people hear someone preach on that subject and the preacher just assumes that all the people who gathered to hear him are safe? When Jesus tells us that many think that they are okay and yet are not, this should become a driving concern for us. Is this an assertion that people lose their salvation? No, but it is an assertion that Jesus taught that many will think that they have entered through the narrow gate and yet have entered the wide one.

“There are many who enter through it” (the broad gate). The Pharisees thought that they were no the narrow road and even seemed to be proud that they were on such a narrow path. However, Jesus reserved His hardest words for them. Assuredly those very stringent men had entered a wide gate when they thought that they had entered the narrow gate. Assuredly those very stringent men were on a broad road when they thought they were on a narrow road. The way of free-grace is the narrow gate and the narrow path. Sinners must not look to themselves and their own works as a way of peace with God, but instead they must not just trust in grace alone they must have that free-grace. They must live by that free-grace and all of their works must come from that free-grace. There is nothing we can do that is spiritual or good unless we receive it from Christ first and that is by free-grace. Oh how men and women hate free-grace while they give lip service to the doctrines of grace!

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