Matthew 7:13, 14 - The Narrow or Wide Way.
Matthew 7:13, 14 (NIRV) Enter God's
kingdom through the narrow gate. The gate is large
and the road is wide that lead to death and
hell. Many people go that way. But the gate is
small and the road is narrow that lead to life.
Only a few people find it.
Matthew 7:13, 14 (NLT) You can enter
Gods Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The
highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for
the many who choose that way. But the gateway to
life is very narrow and the road is difficult,
and only a few ever find it.
In the closing section of the Sermon on
the Mount (Matt. 7:13-29), Jesus gave a clear
gospel application. Here are two gates, two ways,
two destinations, and two groups of people (vv.
13, 14); two kinds of trees and two kinds of
fruit (vv. 17-20); two groups at the judgment (vv.
21-23); and two kinds of builders, building on two
kinds of foundations (vv. 24-28).
Christ is drawing the line as clearly as
possible between the way that leads to destruction
and the way which leads to life.
Both the narrow gate and the wide gate
(vv. 13, 14) are assumed to provide the entrance
to God's kingdom. Two ways are offered to
people. The narrow gate is by faith, only through
Christ, constricted and precise. It represents true
salvation in God's way that leads to life eternal. The
wide gate includes all religions of works and
self-righteousness, with no single way (see Acts 4:12), but
leads to hell, not heaven.
Christ continually emphasized the
difficulty of following Him (10:38; 16:24, 25; John
15:18, 19; 16:1-3; see Acts 14.22). Salvation is by
grace alone, but is not easy. It calls for
knowledge of the truth, repentance, submission to
Christ as Lord, and a willingness to obey His will
and Word. [MacArthur Daily Bible 2003]
Like ports worldwide, Tampa Bay has a
carefully charted narrow shipping channel - the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
chartbook leaves no guesswork for a boater, whether a
day sailor or a freighter captain.
My husband once went sailing on the
Chesapeake Bay with a friend, running aground in
shallows, only to be towed off the sandbar hours later
by the coast guard.
In 1980, a ship drifted off course in a
blinding storm and plowed into the Tampa Bays
Sunshine Skyway Bridge; thirty-five people died.
Drifting is dangerous. Sometimes fatal. The perils
are detailed and documented. Go outside the
lines and you may get stuck on a sandbar, or
Even as a Christian, I admit Ive
caught myself drifting outside Christs channel,
sometimes even openly defying Gods chartbook, the
Bible. Ive run aground, harmed another, or been
damaged as a result. Now I can see how I ignored
Jesuss gentle nudge or other early warnings that
wouldve averted trouble. When going my own way
became too painful, Jesus was there waiting to
welcome me back, His grace gently steering me to
safe waters and healing me from harm. Jesuss
ways, like the shipping channel, guide me to my
destination in the best way possible.
When we drift, Jesus lovingly welcomes us
back. by Isabella Yosuico
Faith Step: Are you drifting spiritually?
Ask Jesus to steer your ship back on track.
[Mornings With Jesus 2020 Devotional by Guideposts and
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Matthew 7:13, 14 - The Narrow or Wide Gate
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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