Not So Random Thoughts 28

Matthew 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. 15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits. 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.’

Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Romans 9:15 For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy

It is not just a topic of smattering interest to a few here and there regarding the narrow gate, but this is a universal statement which covers and is true of every human being on the planet. This is an enormous statement and people just walk by this teaching about the narrow gate as if it is virtually meaningless. Perhaps it does not register or perhaps they have come up with their own gate and think that it is sufficiently narrow. Perhaps they simply have no idea of what the Bible means when it speaks of the narrow gate. The person that has not been born from above that thinks that s/he has entered at the narrow gate will think that entering the gate is up to him or her in some way. This is a sign that the heart has not been broken from self and pride. This is a sign that the heart does not truly understand the Gospel of grace alone.

The proud heart has no ability to resign self to grace alone. The proud heart will always interpret the Bible in some way where the Gospel is not all of Christ and of His grace. The proud heart is puffed up with self and will have self to be part of its own salvation in some way, even though the part will be small. The proud heart can also be proud of an intellectual knowledge of grace and be deceived by the knowledge of grace and think that it has been shown that grace. We must know and have it driven into the depths of our souls that knowing that there is a gate is not enough to enter life. We must know that knowing that the gate is narrow is not enough to enter life. It is only those who in fact enter through the narrow gate that have life.

The great and grand doctrine of justification by faith alone (justification by grace alone through faith alone) is indeed a majestic doctrine of the glory of God in saving sinners. But it is not enough to know about justification; one must actually and in fact be justified. It is not enough to know that one is justified by grace alone, but a person must actually and in reality be justified by grace alone. Thus, it is not enough to know that a person must be turned to enter the kingdom. It is not enough for a person to know that a person must become like a child to enter the kingdom. A person must in fact and in reality become like a child to enter the kingdom. It is not enough to know that a person must be humbled, one must actually be humbled. It is not enough to know that God will have mercy upon whom He will have mercy and as such it is not of the one who wills and the one who runs, but God must actually have mercy upon a person for them to be saved. A person, then, would be wise to seek the Lord seeking deliverance from his or her own will and from trusting in any way in his own running. This being delivered is not just from the theory, but from a heart that trusts in self. It must really happen and God alone can do it.

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