Sobering Thoughts 15

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.

It is hard to overstate the issue at hand when you have the very Lord of the universe telling us to enter through the narrow gate. When the Lord of the universe who knows all things and that includes all things in the future and He says that many enter through the broad gate, it should give us pause and cause us to reflect on why this is the case. If we take the words of Scripture carefully and see them as they are and that as the very Word of God, this is vitally serious. We must deal with these words and we must deal with our hearts and live sin light of these words.

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.

Note the language and structure of the text. We are to enter through the narrow gate for the gate and the way that leads to destruction are wide and broad and there are many who enter through it. On the other hand, however, we are to enter through the narrow gate for the gate is small (as opposed to wide) and the way is narrow (as opposed to broad) that leads to life. There are few who find it.

This should strike us like a bolt of lightening as we see these two verses in contrast to each other. There are many who enter and go on the way to destruction, but there are few who find the way that leads to life. Among those who think that they are on the road to heaven, only a few are on the road to life while the vast majority is on the way to destruction. It appears that so many have deceived themselves and/or have been deceived by ministers of the Deceiver himself. There are many ways and many approaches on the road to destruction, but the road to life is very narrow. The narrowness is not a way of strict moralism, of strict doctrinal precision, or even of being in a certain denomination. The way is narrow because the very self must be denied in order to have Christ alone by grace alone.

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