Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Narrow Gate and the Narrow Road

Where is this narrow gate? We have written a little about the broad road (more later). The broad road is thousands of miles wide with billions of people and it all going to destruction. Are there any exits from the broad way? Yes, but not like a freeway exit. On a freeway exit you gradually move into the right hand lane, reduce speed and get into a quieter, slower road.

The narrow gate is any place on the Broad road. There will be someone on the narrow road in the middle of the Broad road who will tell you of the entrance to the narrow way. This narrow way goes in the opposite direction. Its entrance, way and destination is life. When you enter the narrow gate it is an “about face” a 180 degree turn. You say, “I will be going against all of this one way traffic, I will be killed.” That is a probability but not a certainty. The certainty is life.

Yes, you will be going against the traffic. You will not be going with the flow. Neither will you be going alone. There will be many others. Each of them will be in a protected, safe, moving haven. There will be joyful singing fellowship with others in this spiritually protected haven.

You will be able and glad to direct many others to the small gate to the narrow way that leads to life.

Here are few of the characteristics of this way.

1. Freedom from death and the fear of death, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil,” Hebrews 2:14

2. Freedom from the works of the flesh, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

3. The Fruit of the Spirit, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” Galatians 5:22

4. The whole armor of God, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10

5. God will never leave nor forsake you.

6. His divine power, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” 2
Peter 2:13

“Far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” Ephesians 1:21

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” Ephesians 3:16

“May have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:18-19

7. A new nature, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” Romans 8:9

Truly, this is a safe haven moving with millions of Christians against the tide of billions of people who are moving toward destruction.

We are living evidence; we are sign posts and warners.

Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

“Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

“Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” Jude 1:22

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