Hey!! The narrow gate and the narrow door are similar parables? They seem so. But the narrow door says a person seeks to enter but is denied entry so doesn't that kind of back up salvation loss?? On the same note how do we know whether or not we are saved and actually entered? Especially when you're struggling with sin and don't think you are anyway?
Yes, these the narrow gate and the narrow door are describing the same message. It seems that both are parallel descriptions. For those who want to read about these, here are the links:
You may recall that the discussion about the Narrow Door also touches upon what is discussed in Matthew 7:21-23 when Jesus talked about true and false disciples, and those who will claim to know God and be rejected because they did not really know Him/live their lives for Him.
The “narrow gate” or “narrow door” is referring to Christ Himself. Jesus directly calls Himself the gate in the following verses:
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. - John 10:7-10
I’ve discussed the idea of the narrow gate in detail before, so I’m going to provide those asks here and here. You might be interested in taking a look at those!
I don’t think the narrow door is referring to salvation loss. Rather, it seems that it is referring to people who were never saved. Anyone can claim to know God/believe in Him, but still have hearts that aren’t right with Him (e.g.: they put worldly things before Him, live in sin without repentance, believe that knowing Him just means going to church once a week but don’t pay attention to Him the rest of the week/their actions aren’t Christ-like the rest of the week, etc.. there can be a lot of different scenarios, but I think the examples I’ve listed give you the general idea). In James, a good point is made:
“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” - James 2:19
What is demonstrated with this verse is that even demons know that God exists and is real. So if even they can acknowledge God’s existence, a person saying, “I believe in Him” doesn’t necessarily mean they truly know Him. If you claim to believe in Him but your actions/heart attitude don’t really line up, then it becomes a case of talking the talk, but not really walking the walk. Entering the narrow door is having the genuine desire to know Christ and giving your life to Him so that you follow Him to the best of your abilities, no matter what sacrifices you must make. It’s acknowledging Him as your Lord and Savior, and knowing you can’t make it without Him. It is knowing that you can’t save yourself by your own actions because it is your faith in Him that saves you. It’s wanting to die to yourself and become a new creation in Him, desiring to be a part of the Body of Christ to work for Him and do His will. When you come to know Christ, your heart is transformed and He becomes the center of everything.
Resisting the temptation to sin and give into the flesh is something we have to deal with for the rest of our time here. Even once we become Christians, temptation doesn’t magically disappear, unfortunately. However, if we stumble, we have the chance because of what Christ did for us to repent and turn away from our sin, and ask for forgiveness in Jesus’ name. And if we are merciful and forgiving of those who wrong us, He is also merciful and forgiving of us. To touch upon your question regarding those who are struggling with a sin and unaware, that’s when we as Christians are to gently instruct those we see struggling in an attempt to help them understand the seriousness of what they are doing to themselves. This idea of reaching out to those stuck in sin is mentioned in Ezekiel 33. The way we should carry ourselves when attempting to correct/help a person is discussed in 2 Timothy 2.
If you are worried that you may be sinning in a way you are unaware, pray to Him for the Holy Spirit to always open your eyes and convict you when you have done something wrong. We should all desire the correcting guidance of the Holy Spirit to point out when we are sinning. Also, pray that if it’s His will, that God also uses His children to help correct you if you are stumbling and cannot see it yourself.
I hope this answered all of your questions. :) Let me know if there’s anything you are still unclear about!
Today, at masses all throughout the Catholic, the gospel of Luke 13:22-30, Jesus challenges us to, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”
Narrow has a very negative connotation in our society today. Someone who is narrow-minded is not openminded, with a tendency to be inclusive to those like them and exclusive to anyone other. A bigot or ignorant sheep. To be narrow is to be against freedoms of the other.
When I think the passage calling for “the narrow gate”, I do not think of a conservative, monochromic landscape.
A new theology on ethics cites two ways we can personally act on our freedom. The first is “Freedom of Choice.” This terminology is a blanket that cannot cover all the options the world has to offer. A person who acts in a ‘freedom of choice’ manner does not allow boundaries on their options or anyone else’s.
We’re all about choice. Aren’t we?
That’s fine and dandy, but I’d like to outline the second way to act in freedom. How, might you ask, can freedom be anything more than unhindered, independent action full of choice? No boundaries, no exclusions?
Parallel to “Freedom of Choice” is “Freedom of Excellence.” Well, isn’t that title a bit high on itself?
What does that mean? This theology on “Freedom of Excellence” is what I’d argue The Narrow Gate is all about.
“Freedom of Excellence” is all about boundaries. Or, better described, discipline. Simply, it is choosing the same coffee order at Starbucks or always choosing heads in a game of flip-coin. It is having a ready, undisputed choice to a question that has multiple answers. Just as the answers is always 42.
Those examples are kind of pathetic in the broad sense of things. The Freedom of Excellence is more than having one favorite number.
It is making a decision to always hold the door open, give your seat on the bus for an elderly person or putting a dollar in a homeless person’s cup even if you worry they may be faking it. At least, if the person really is homeless, you made a small difference.
Freedom of Excellence is the choice, the decision amongst all the possible courses of actions that you will take. Such as, no matter what you feel or how you are encouraged, you are only going to have sex with your marriage partner.
That is The Narrow Gate.
The passage does not divulge what The Narrow Gate is, just that some will not be strong enough to make it through. Structure in life is taking it all in, and making a decision to own up to certain actions.
It is solidity of decisions, not the plethora of choices, that makes a person strong.
I’ve completed NaNoWriMo! 50,000 words in [less than] 30 days.
I really didn’t think I’d be able to do it, especially since it’s my first year, but I did. And I feel like the novel’s in a good place right now. I gave up on writing in a linear fashion on about Day 14, so I’m going to have to sort out what scenes I have and storyboard everything to make it fit together.
I’m nowhere near finished, but I’m further along than I expected. And I’m excited. And happy. And now that I’m finished I can order the merchandise that I want :)
Last month, on August 1, major seiyuu production company 81 Product held its first 81 Audition, seiyuu department second-year student Eguchi Takuya-kun had passed impressively!
This time, in this first time audition, amongst a total of 1,017 applicants, just two people managed to pass through this narrow gate.
After this, the goal is to debut as a junior member of 81 Produce!!
The results of the audition have been published in 81 Produce’s official site.
Inside 81 Produce are fellow senpais from Nippon Engineering College, Toyoguchi Megumi-san and Shimizu Ai-san, taking part actively in anime, TV, and radio. We look forward to Eguchi-kun’s future success :D
I am a little confused about something and i wss hoping you could help. In Matthew, it talks about the narrow path and gate into heaven. How can I, as a Christian perceive that to mean something other than that lots of people walk towards God but very few actually make it. This seems to go against grace? And also the profession of Jesus as a saviour?
Hey dear friend, this is certainly a troubling passage that is very off-putting at first glance: but I’d like to balance this passage with the entirety of Scripture.
Let’s look at the passage in question, Matthew 7:13-14, which says:
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
So it looks like most people alive today will end up in Hell, an eternity under the wrath of God, while only a fraction will make it to Heaven.
But then, let’s look at Matthew 25:13 here, known as the Parable of the Ten Virgins (or Bridesmaids). To summarize, Jesus tells a tale about a wedding where ten bridesmaids are waiting for the bridegroom to begin the ceremony, but only five of the bridesmaids came prepared with extra oil in their lamps to greet him (this sounds like a weird custom back then, but weddings have always had weird customs throughout history, e.g. throwing bouquets or fishing for garters or dancing past a reasonably non-creepy age). So five of the bridesmaids make it, but five don’t. This implies that at least half of the people we know will end up in Heaven.
Lastly, let’s look at Matthew 13:24-30 here, known as the Parable of the Wheat and Tares. To summarize, Jesus tells a tale where a farmer’s field is sabotaged by weeds. The farmer, instead of pulling up the weeds, decides to let the wheat and weeds grow together, and at the time of harvest he will separate them. This implies that most people we know will end up in Heaven.
So which one is true? Is it the story of the Narrow Gate, or the Ten Bridesmaids, or the Wheat and Tares? Do only a few of us make it, or half of us, or most of us?
Here’s my guess. If we’re to look at the entire context of the whole storyline of the Bible, then God is telling us that humans are more likely to take the path of least resistance (like the broad road and the bridesmaids), but that Jesus also has so much grace for us that he is patient, ever waiting, always open — which is not only shown by the wheat and tares, but also by Jesus calling himself the Door, the Good Shepherd, our Ransom, our Servant, and our Friend.
In other words, we always need to see the big picture before we over-emphasize any one isolated dogma.
It’s too easy to use a single passage to fear-monger a congregation into fighting for the offering plate.
It’s also too easy to abuse “grace” and allow it to enable us and lull us into complacency and lukewarm living.
Any verse taken out of context may seem contradictory to another verse, but taken as a storyline, there’s a tapestry of both God’s Love and Holiness. It is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4), but we also store up wrath if we remain unrepentant (2:5). “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). And of course, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
My best estimation is that it’s much harder to end up in Hell than we think, and that God’s grace is wide enough for the tiniest seed of faith.
Somehow, in some way beyond our understanding, God is both perfect mercy and perfect justice. Perhaps when we see the cross, we see both the grief that our sin has caused, but also the love for us that put Jesus there, who was willing to go to such lengths that we may be his and he may be ours. It was Jesus who went through the narrowest gate and was crushed, that we may enter and be free.
“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. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it…”
Can't believe you don't support immigrants- narrow mindness leads to a lonely road.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.…
Why does the bible say few will be saved? (Matthew 7:14) How can one be sure they are saved? Also, does the bible contradict itself when one verse says faith alone but another also mentions getting baptized to be saved?
The question of whether there are more people in heaven or hell is answered by Jesus Himself in one succinct passage: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13–14).
This passage tells us that only those who receive Jesus Christ and who believe in Him are given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). As such, the gift of eternal life comes only through Jesus Christ to all those who believe. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). It’s not through Mohammed, Buddha, or other false gods of man’s making. It’s not for those wanting a cheap and easy way to heaven while continuing to live their own selfish and worldly lives on earth. Jesus only saves those who fully trust in Him as Savior (Acts 4:12).
So, what are these two gates in Matthew 7:13–14? They are the entrance to two different “ways.” The wide gate leads to the broad way, or road. The small, narrow gate leads to the way that is narrow. The narrow way is the way of the godly, and the broad way is the way of the ungodly. The broad way is the easy way. It is attractive and self-indulgent. It is permissive. It’s the inclusive way of the world, with few rules, few restrictions, and fewer requirements. Tolerance of sin is the norm where God’s Word is not studied and His standards not followed. This way requires no spiritual maturity, no moral character, no commitment, and no sacrifice. It is the easy way of salvation, following “the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). It is that broad way that “seems right to a man, but end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12).
Those who preach a gospel of inclusiveness where “all ways lead to heaven” preach an utterly different gospel than the one Jesus preached. The gate of self-centeredness, self-absorption, and a proud, holier-than-thou mindset is the wide gate of the world that leads to hell, not the narrow gate that leads to eternal life. As a result, most people spend their lives following the masses who are on the broad road, doing what everyone else does and believing what everyone else believes.
The narrow way is the hard way, the demanding way. It is the way of recognizing that you cannot save yourself and must depend on Jesus Christ alone to save you. It’s the way of self-denial and the cross. The fact that few find God’s way implies that it is to be sought diligently. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). The point is this that no one will stumble into the kingdom or wander through the narrow gate by accident. Someone asked Jesus, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” He replied, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:23–24).
Many will seek to enter that narrow door, the door of salvation, but “will not be able.” They are unwilling to trust/rely on Jesus alone. They are unwilling to pay the price. It costs too much for them to give up the world. God’s gate is a gate through which one cannot carry the baggage of sin and self-will, nor can one carry the accoutrements of materialism. The way of Christ is the way of the cross, and the way of the cross is the way of self-denial. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23–24).
Jesus knows that many will choose the wide gate and the broad way that leads to destruction and hell. Correspondingly, He said that only a few will choose the narrow gate. According to Matthew 7:13–14, there is no doubt that more will go to hell than to heaven. The question for you is, then, on which road are you?
Baptism is NOT required to be saved dear one. The belief that baptism is necessary for salvation is also known as “baptismal regeneration.” It is our contention that baptism is an important step of obedience for a Christian, but we adamantly reject baptism as being required for salvation. We strongly believe that each and every Christian should be water baptized by immersion. Baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Romans 6:3-4 declares, “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” The action of being immersed in the water illustrates dying and being buried with Christ. The action of coming out of the water pictures Christ’s resurrection.
Requiring anything in addition to faith in Jesus Christ for salvation is a works-based salvation. To add anything to the gospel is to say that Jesus’ death on the cross was not sufficient to purchase our salvation. To say that baptism is necessary for salvation is to say we must add our own good works and obedience to Christ’s death in order to make it sufficient for salvation. Jesus’ death alone paid for our sins (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus’ payment for our sins is appropriated to our “account” by faith alone (John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9). Therefore, baptism is an important step of obedience after salvation but cannot be a requirement for salvation.
Yes, there are some verses that seem to indicate baptism as a requirement for salvation. However, since the Bible so clearly tells us that salvation is received by faith alone (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5), there must be a different interpretation of those verses. Scripture does not contradict Scripture. In Bible times, a person who converted from one religion to another was often baptized to identify conversion. Baptism was the means of making a decision public. Those who refused to be baptized were saying they did not truly believe. So, in the minds of the apostles and early disciples, the idea of an un-baptized believer was unheard of. When a person claimed to believe in Christ, yet was ashamed to proclaim his faith in public, it indicated that he did not have true faith.
If baptism is necessary for salvation, why would Paul have said, “I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius” (1 Corinthians 1:14)? Why would he have said, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:17)? Granted, in this passage Paul is arguing against the divisions that plagued the Corinthian church. However, how could Paul possibly say, “I am thankful that I did not baptize…” or “For Christ did not send me to baptize…” if baptism were necessary for salvation? If baptism is necessary for salvation, Paul would literally be saying, “I am thankful that you were not saved…” and “For Christ did not send me to save…” That would be an unbelievably ridiculous statement for Paul to make. Further, when Paul gives a detailed outline of what he considers the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), why does he neglect to mention baptism? If baptism is a requirement for salvation, how could any presentation of the gospel lack a mention of baptism?
Baptism is not necessary for salvation. Baptism does not save from sin but from a bad conscience. In 1 Peter 3:21, Peter clearly taught that baptism was not a ceremonial act of physical purification, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. Baptism is the symbol of what has already occurred in the heart and life of one who has trusted Christ as Savior (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12). Baptism is an important step of obedience that every Christian should take. Baptism cannot be a requirement for salvation. To make it such is an attack on the sufficiency of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God bless you!!! Maranatha!!! :):)