by: Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.
Jesus described in Matthew 7:13-14 that we must make two ( 2 ) choices. First is about the narrow gate which opens to a more difficult path, and the other path is the wide gate which opens to the easy way. The choice most people will make is “the wide gate” because it leads to an easy pass. The description of a wide gate implies something easy to see and easy to get through. Wide gates give us more choices than the narrow ones. Since what lies on the other side of the gate appears to be easy, it’s the choice of most people will make.
In this Passage of Matthew 7:13-14 applies to the two ( 2 ) roads that lead to heaven and hell. These two ( 2 ) Destinations await all every member of the human race. The narrow way which is chosen by few is rightly seen as a difficult path. This path is found by God’s grace through faith in Christ Jesus. He is the only way to the Father and He is the Only Gate into eternal life. The broad way or wide and spacious path is identified as the “opposite” direction of the narrow gate. This is the easy path which leads to destruction and in hell.
Furthermore, the narrow gate and the wide gate are the two ( 2 ) routes that Christians are required to choose. Jesus was teaching His followers that there are two ways to travel through their Christian life. The spiritual gateway which leads to an abundant and victorious life whereas the Non-spiritual gateway is the loss of reward and defeated life. In this scripture, we are warned of the consequences of entering through the wrong gate. It is a life without meaning because Christ is not the master in ones life, and God is not glorified.
In Matthew 5:20, these are the legalistic religious people where their teaching is all about the law required from Israelites. These are self – promoting obedience to the rules. Meaning, there’s no renewal of mind and heart it is only an outward display of obedience. This is easier in a sense because it only requires a person to ” Pretend ” to be righteous. Those trusting in their own knowledge, ideology along with their own ability to “Perform” or achieve the law without true repentance and becoming righteous in their hearts would follow the path to “Eternal” separation from God. For human righteousness can never reach God’s standard of Perfect righteousness. Jesus saved us not because of righteous things we have done, but though His mercy (Titus 3:5). He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
“he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,”Titus 3:5 (NIV)
Those who prefer to go their “Own Way” are simply going to their ” Own Doom. Jesus is the sole and exclusive means by which men can be saved (John 10:7). In addition, Jesus warned the believers that the path is difficult and requires Discipline, dedication and Death to our Self-Indulgence or self-satisfaction, Self-Importance, Self-centeredness, Self-Interest, Self-seeking, Self-Righteousness. Walking the narrow way means making an absolute and total commitment to Jesus Christ. This means, Loving Him, obeying Him, depending on Him, following His commands.
There is no third alternative. If we refuse to enter by the narrow gate then we chose to pass through the wide gate. We cannot enter both door, and we cannot enter the gates at the same time. We must choose which of the gates we will enter. Let us strive to enter the narrow gate where s- e- l- f is nailed to the Cross, and Christ is Glorified in our Lives and Bodies for His Praise and Glory. To God Be the Glory!
“Let us strive to enter the narrow gate, where s- e- l- f – is nailed to the Cross, and Christ is Glorified in our Lives and Bodies for His Praise and Glory.”Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.