“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” - Matthew 7:13-14
Narrow in Greek means there’s great opposition against you, if you are going to walk with Jesus Christ you are going to be opposed by everything in the world. Narrow means confining, turning to your side and walking a very narrow path.
I live in a culture that always demands it’s rights, I’m called to give up every one of them.
How much of your life is defined by what the word of God says? By what Jesus says? How much of your life is defined by culture? How many Christians could go down the Bible, verse by verse an explain why they live the that way? Why they dress that way? Why they talk that way? This is why I’m in college?
You see, putting on a Christian t-shirt doesn’t make you radical. Even saying you believe in Jesus doesn’t make you radical.
Entering the narrow gate is allowing Him to define your life and not in general terms. Saying “Oh Jesus is everything to me, Jesus is Lord.” Okay, specifically though explain to me what that means, what has it cost you? How have you changed your life from the course that the rest of the world is walking in?
You know what a lot of people think Christianity is? They think Christianity is you doing all the righteous things you hate and avoiding all the wicked things you love in order to go to Heaven. No, that’s a lost man and religion.
A Christian is a person who’s heart has been changed, they have new affections but like a child that has been born they’re going: “I have new affections, they’re Godward, I love God, I want to be conformed to the image of Christ but how do I do it?” That’s when the word of God comes in. It’s not burdensome to you, forcing you to do what you don’t want to do and keeping you from doing all the rotten things you want too. No, you’ve been changed, you just need to know how to walk now.
So many people think they’re saved but their heart, their desires, everything has not been changed, ever. So the first thing is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The evidence that you’re a Christian is not that you confess faith in Jesus or you’re part of a ministry or anything. It’s your affections have changed, they’re Godward, you love Jesus Christ and you have no bones about if it says in Scripture for you to do something, okay let’s do it. He said it, He’s master, that’s what Lord means.
Jesus says the way is narrow and few will find it. Now some people think: “Well what Jesus is talking about there is that there are few people that confess Him and all the atheists and everybody else, the big majority of the world, Hollywood and Sodom and Gomorrah and everything, it’s all going to Hell; but those of us that confess Jesus Christ we’re the “few” that are going to be saved.“
No, that’s not what He is saying. In the context He’s saying this: “Among those who claim to Me to be Lord few will be saved.” That’s why He says: “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven.” (v.21) It’s amazing and a total contradiction to American Evangelicalism.
On that day He will say: “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (v.23) First He will say: “I never knew you.” Today’s generation they say: “Do you know Jesus” as an evangelical cliché. That’s really not the question.
You know I could go to the White House and knock on the gates and have guards come and ask me: “How can we help you.” I would say: “Yes I want to see the president.” They’d look at me and say: “and?” I would go: “Well I know him.” Haha am I going to get in? Am I going to see a president or king by saying: “I know him.”? Absolutely not, but if while I’m out there talking to these guards and the president comes out and says: “Oh Paul! Hey! Let him come on through!” I’m going in. You see the difference?
“You know Jesus” I don’t want to be trite but, big deal. Does He know you? Know in Hebrew refers to a relationship that is intimate. Jesus is saying (in v.23): “You and I never had an intimate relationship, you didn’t come to Me or seek Me, we didn’t walk together, talk together, you didn’t seek Me for counsel, you didn’t follow My Law, you didn’t treat Me like a King, you weren’t apart of any of the principles of commands of the kingdom, absolutely not. I don’t know you depart from Me, worker of iniquity.” Iniquity in Hebrew means law and it’s used negatively, meaning in the prefix of it it’s saying: “No law.”
This is why Jesus is saying: “Depart from those of you who claim to be my disciples but you lived as though I never gave you a law to obey.” How many of you are guiding your life based on principles, commands, laws and statements of wisdom that Jesus has given?You need to understand about Christianity we’re a historical religion. Go back 100 years and try to find the “superficial gospel” that’s being preached today and try to find what we are today, back then. I’m saying this because it’s true, you need to be afraid about it. You need to get serious.
— Paul Washer