Commands of Christ: 27

Enter through the narrow gate.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.  How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.  And those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:13-14

Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them,  “Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.  After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’  And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’  Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.  Depart from me, all you evildoers!’  And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.  And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.  For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” Luke 13:23-30

There are not many roads to salvation.  Only one.  Jesus.  There are not lots of ways to please Him.  He is pretty specific that only those who love Him will be loved by the Father.  All those who love Him will obey Him.  The Holy Spirit is given to those who obey Him.  I didn’t say those things, He did.  He wasn’t talking about earning salvation.  He was talking about the evidence that would be demonstrated by those whom were saved.  Our righteousness is only in Him and through the life of the Spirit whom He gave us.  We are still to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.  Resting in the Lord does not preclude laboring for His Kingdom.  It is hard work.  It is impossible work, but He does it for us, through us.