Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Have you ever heard this scripture preached from the Pulpit in your church? I sort of doubt it, and here’s why. We would have to know and explain what the narrow gate is, and preach it that way as well. We would also have to examine the way we are going, to see if that can be defined as narrow, wouldn’t we?
So, it’s not taught because we practice lawlessness!
Psalms 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord!
The way is defined for us as walking according to the Law of the Lord. The Way, the Truth, and the life.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”
The will of God is that we walk accord to the Word of God, the Law, or His Commandments. That is the very definition of His Word!
Yahshua said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7)
Here is our narrow Door or Gate. If we say that we follow Christ and do not follow His example of keeping the Commandments of God, we are walking outside of His way, we are on the broad path, not His Way.
John 10:9 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
There it is again, He not only preached the Commandments of God, He kept them. So that we would know the way of the Lord. He openly preached that this is how we find the correct way to the Kingdom of Elohim.
Matthew 7:14 “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
How many ways are there? Only one, and He has written this way on our hearts.
Jeremiah 31:33 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
And this is repeated in the book of Hebrews, Hebrews 10: 15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds, I will write them,”
17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
We cannot continue to violate God’s Commandments. His Sabbath, rejecting His appointed times, and continue the keeping of the traditions and practices of Idol worshiper’s, and expecting that continuing sin to lead us to Heaven. It just cannot happen that way! For that is simply not the way of Christ.
1st John 2:4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Perhaps now we can begin to see the Way of Christ, the Messiah, a little more clearly. So that we can make the adjustments we need to make, in order to follow in His footsteps.
Repentance, or a desire to change comes first. Then we can ask to be forgiven. And once we have departed from our Lawlessness, and entered into His ways, let’s allow let the Holy Spirit guide us into lawfulness.
Did he not say? “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:15-17)
It’s a lot easier to Keep the Commandments if we have a helper, a teacher, and a comforter, Amen?
Shalom my friends,