No such place!

Posted: September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

In Matthew 7, Jesus is giving the last part of his sermon on the mount.  In verse 13 and 14, He describes the narrow and wide gates.  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  In churches today we hear so much about the “gate” but not so much about the “way”.  It is important to know that this scripture denotes a “gate” and a “way”.  The particular “gate” leads to the corresponding “way”.  So many “Christians” talk about walking through the narrow “gate” that leads to life by saying “I’ve been saved” or “I professed Jesus.”  But these same so-called “Christians” continue to walk on the wide “way.”  There is no such place!  The narrow gate that opens up to the wide way does not exist!

So is it possible to profess Jesus as Lord and not really be a Christian.  Well, Jesus says that not only is it possible, but it is likely!  In Matthew 7: 22-23, Jesus says, “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?’ And then I will will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'”  Let’s remember that the true Christian walk is through a narrow gate on a narrow path, lit by the Light of Jesus.  Sure, we step off of that path into the darkness from time to time because of our sinful nature, but through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, we get back on it.  But we don’t “camp out” in the darkness.  1 John 1:6 states, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”  Let us be of those “few” who walk through the narrow gate and walk the narrow way that leads to life!  


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