Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter you in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.”
what is the wide gate? What is the narrow gate? How can we enter the narrow gate?
At that time, since the Pharisees, priests and scribes held onto the doctrines and letters of the law and didn’t seek to know God and God’s work in their belief in God and service for God, they didn’t believe thewas Messiah, the appearance of , nor did they recognize the word expressed by the Lord Jesus is the truth, the voice of God. Instead, they persecuted and resisted the Lord Jesus’ words and work, even arrested and condemned Him, and in the end nailed Him to the cross. Consequently, they entered the wide gate which led to destruction.
In contrast, people like Peter, John and Nathanael didn’t hold onto the law or rules. They saw that the Lord Jesus’ work and word were full of authority and power, and that the signs and wonders the Lord Jesus performed, like resurrecting a dead man with one word and feeding five thousand people with five loaves and two fish, could only be done by the Creator. Besides, they recognized God’s voice in the words spoken by the Lord Jesus and confirmed that He was the appearance of Christ. Finally, they moved outside the law and accepted the Lord Jesus’ salvation. And they were ones who entered the narrow gate.
Since now is the last days, can we with such a faith enter the narrow gate?
The Lord Jesus said He was the door of the sheep and He also prophesied many times that He would come again to carry out a new work. So, if we want to enter the narrow gate to gain eternal life, we must follow the footprints of the returned Lord Jesus. Thesays: “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). “However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:13). “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:29).