Something to Consider: The Gates (Part 1)

Matthew 7:13-14   “ 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.”  (NIV)

Matthew 7:13-14 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.” (NIV)

Dear Saints,

In the above verse Jesus uses metaphors to describe the two choices we have in this life: gates, roads, destinations. Let’s compare and contrast the two.

The Gates: We may choose the narrow gate or the wide gate, but notice that while we can choose which gate to enter we do not get to choose the destination. The wide gate ends in absolute destruction and the narrow gate in absolute life.

That is a stark choice: Life or Destruction. If Jesus is telling us the truth then the stakes are incredibly high. Why then would anyone find the wide gate attractive?

Perhaps the easiest explanation is they don’t believe it ends in destruction, as Eve didn't believe that would happen in Genesis 3 when Satan declared “Thou shalt not surely die.”

With that in mind, here are some of the promises from the wide gate:

  • Your eyes will be opened: You will really understand life and how it really works. Truth will no longer be a mystery, as we will see things as they really are.

  • You will be like God and will run your life any way you see fit. You will determine the purpose, meaning, and value of your life and your relationships.

  • You will know good and evil, or rather, since you are like God, you will determine what is good and evil, right and wrong, just and unjust.

Now that is enticing! We love having that kind of power and control over our lives.

The wide gate sounds noble and promises much but it is incredibly deceptive; no matter what it promises, how it looks, or what it does, that way always ends in destruction.

In contrast, the narrow gate is clearly marked and we enter there through Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10). There is no other way to enter. John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

With that in mind, here are some of the promises from the Narrow-Gate:

  • Our eyes will be opened: We will know the truth and the truth will set us free. We will see our sin and the depravity of our lives and our need for God’s grace and mercy through the Savior Jesus Christ.

  • We will be the children of God: We will receive a new identity as His sons and daughters, a new meaning and purpose to our lives, and a defined, promised destination - eternal life.

  • We will know good and evil. God will tell us what is right and wrong, just and unjust, so that we may know how to live.

STC: Having entered in at the narrow gate, is it still possible to find yourself heading down the wrong road?

Next week we will discuss the journey (the road) we are on and how to stay pointed in the right direction.

Rejoice,

Patrick