Simon Brown.

Proverbs 8:34-36 Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts. For whoever finds me finds life, and will obtain favor from Yahweh. But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death.” Psalm 84: 11 For Yahweh God is a sun and a shield. Yahweh will give grace and glory. He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly. 12 Yahweh of Armies, blessed is the man who trusts in you. 1 John 5:5 Now who is the one overcoming the world, except the one believing that Jesus is the Son of God?

Monday 23 March 2015

Enter Through The Narrow Gate, Matthew 7:13. What did Jesus mean by a narrow and wide gate?

Enter Through The Narrow Gate, Matthew 7:13. What did Jesus mean by a narrow and wide gate?
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 thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:13 - 14.

What did Jesus mean by a narrow and wide gate?

We were all born as sinners who cheat steal or lie. Romans 3:23
We were all born lost like a baby lamb that has lost its mother.
We were all living in darkness, waiting to discover the light and find the truth. (John 8:12.)
We were all born spiritually blind and dead, not knowing the truth about God and believing in lies said about God who is Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:3-7)
However, God is the greatest warrior ever, if he starts something he continues without giving up, he will fight to save our souls, he has shown us that he still loves us and sent his Son into this world not to condemn us but to save us through him. (John 3:16)
God has been calling every living person to him but most have closed their eyes and ears and hearts to him but a few have opened their ears and heard God's call. 
Now for those who have opened their hearts to God they now realize the time has come to seek God, learn who He is. The great I AM, (John 
8:24) the LORD God Almighty, Jesus Christ, (YESHUA) and believe his doctrines and teachings and strive to follow Jesus making every effort to do his will. (Luke 13:24) The ones who do this are one in a million and are entering a place many cannot find. It is like finding hidden treasure in a field. (Matthew 13:44 - 46)
You are just like the time when you were a sperm swimming up your Mothers fallopian tube. You were one, out of millions who swam the right way, the only way to gain life,
There were millions with you. There were many like you. You then swam as hard as you could with every fibre of your being, with all your strength to get to the egg which gave you life. 

You left millions behind. 
You were the only one who got to the egg.
You were the only one out of millions to receive life. That was a physical battle. Now it is a spiritual battle! 

Yes, a battle to save your soul from destruction and death. You can only make it to everlasting life, the next stage in this life, by being truly born again. (John 3:3)

It will still be hard, like running up a hill. But remember to listen to Jesus' words, when he said be strong like a soldier who goes to war, who trains before he goes into battle. By trusting in Jesus he will train and shape you. He will put on you his shining armour called the armour of God. (Ephesians 6:10 -18)

By hearing, believing, and following Jesus you are heading the right way, the only way as you were when you were swimming the right way and the only way to the egg to gain life. (JOHN 14:6)
By believing following and trusting in Jesus he will give you his Holy Spirit to push you up the hill where the path gets narrower and steeper and with God's spirit behind you, you will most certainly make it to the end, through the narrow gate. (John 14:15 -18)

With the Holy Spirit's help you will have the strength from the Father who loves you.

Sadly, you have left millions who were with you behind. Many of them would not listen Many of them would not believe. Many of them laughed at you and could not understand where you were going. (Matthew 13:10)

If we refuse to accept Jesus Christ we will believe all the lies said about God.
(1 John 5:19)
We will then live and do what we want to do. This is the easiest thing in the world, this is effortless, most of the population have chosen to take this path, as it  poses no difficulty; requiring no strain, it is painless, simple and uncomplicated and most will take the easiest way. Our own evil and deceitful hearts will deceive our own souls which in return will receive the wages for sin. "For the wages of sin is death; (Romans 6:23)

We are like a caterpillar waiting to be transformed into a beautiful butterfly, but for most we will be killed by the predator before being transformed. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. (John 10:10)

Enter Through The Narrow Gate, Matthew 7:13

He who has ears let him hear. Matthew 11:15  That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9, NIV  Now seek God with all your heart by Repenting and turning from sin and following Jesus. As saying this prayer on its own will mean nothing.

UPDATE 29/3/2015. Dear friends, since writing and making this article and video above, it must be noted this statement by Jesus is most probably referring to believers and NOT (non believers) for the very fact that (non believers) are Not seeking to enter the strait gate, because they simply do not believe it exists.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible  Strive to enter in at the strait gate,.... What is meant by the strait gate, and by entering in at it; see Gill on Matthew 7:13. To "strive", is to be diligent in the use of means; to search the Scriptures with care; to attend on the preaching of the word with constancy, neglecting no opportunity; to pray earnestly for spiritual light, knowledge, and grace; to contend with every enemy that opposes the salvation of the soul, as sin, Satan, and the world; to bear all reproaches and persecutions, and press through all difficulties, for the prize of the incorruptible crown:

the metaphor seems to be taken from the striving, wrestling, and combat in the Olympic games, for a corruptible crown:   for many I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able: either when it is too late, when the door is shut; or else before, very faintly, in a superficial manner, from a mere natural affection, from a principle of self-love, which leads every one to desire happiness; and by very indirect and improper methods, by their own civility, morality, and righteousness; by works of the law, moral, or ceremonial; or by a profession of religion, and an outward compliance with the ordinances of the Gospel, and not by Christ, and faith in him.

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