Across the Preacher’s Desk: “Which Gate”

November 4, 2021 - ​According to the teachings of Jesus, every person is going through one of two gates. Either they are choosing to enter the narrow gate and the narrow way that leads to life or they are choosing the broad way which leads through the broad gate to destruction.

These two ideas represent two ways of life. One represents the way of good while the other represents the way of evil. The thought taught by Jesus in Matthew 7 is that more people will follow the easy and popular way of life than the one prescribed in the scriptures.

​This teaching is harmonious with another of the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 22:14. Here he says, “for many shall be called, but few chosen” That indicates there will be only a few people comparatively speaking, who are interested in the Lord’s way enough to follow it and be saved.  Jesus makes his call this way, “Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in there at.Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

​In this Jesus is warning people to be very careful how they live. Too many people, who may think they are on the narrow path, might be surprised to find themselves on the broad way if they carefully analyzed their lives. Jesus wants everyone to be saved, but he must have the cooperation of every person who wants to be saved. They must enter the gate he prescribes and live his kind of life, his way.

It’s something to think about…..TBP

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