THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO LIFE

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” ~ Matthew 7:13

This is a sobering verse and it is obvious that there is only one gate that leads to eternal life. The answer Jesus gave to Thomas makes it crystal clear there is only one way our Heavenly Father provided to break the curse of death that Adam brought on mankind.

“For our sake He (God the Father) made Him (God the Son) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

The narrow gate is the gate of His righteousness!

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

It is very significant that David was given a vision of the gate even before Jesus paid the price of his and our salvation – “you have become my salvation”.

Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.Psalm 118:19-21

I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD. The LORD has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.” Psalm 118:17-18

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit that now indwells your Spirit but strive to do as Jesus did and pray daily to the Father “not my will but Yours be done.” God the Father will answer that prayer ensuring that the Holy Spirit directs your steps and you are an instrument of righteousness to God.

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” Romans 6:11-13

“By this we may know that we are in Him: whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.” 1 John 2:5-6

2 thoughts on “THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO LIFE

  1. Yes. That Glorious Narrow Gate. Jesus. “I AM The Gate.” And yes. Small is the gate. But He also says “Narrow The WAY”. We’re meant to progress in our W/walk with Christ. Not remain clustered just inside the Gate. Content with a back seat to heaven. Luke 14:26-35 is a challenge for anyone seeking to be a disciple. A true disciple. And not simply one of the multitude ultimately just seeking their own. (C.f. e.g. Php 2:19-21)

    Following Christ is not talking the talk. It’s walking the W/walk. With Him.

    And this is not legalism. Nor salvation by works. Just an ongoing lifestyle of death to self through Life in Him. By The Power of The Spirit. In appreciation of Who He Is and what He’s Done. The unpayable debt of Love. (C.f. Ro 8:12, Gal 2:20) Agape Love. For God and for others. Every other. By The Empowering Help of The Spirit.

    ‘We can’t do it without Him. But He won’t do it without us.’ C.f. e.g. Php 2:12b-13.

    1Jn 2:6 succinctly summarises so much. Can anyone recall a message preached from this Portion?

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