2004-02-09 - The Straight Gate
Matthew 7:13 "enter in at the straight gate"
We are all on a journey, on our way to a destination. There are two places where we will arrive, one of two gates we will use to enter our destination. One is a gate of abiding life, one is a gate of destruction.
This verse removes many of the stumbling blocks to serious religion that the world greets us with. There are difficulties on our journey. The vast majority take the easy way out and head towards the wide gate. This verse comes in the midst of Christ's sermon on the mount and follows the trend of the sermon that, "it is a hard business to follow Christ". The way to life is a narrow road, hard to find, and hard to walk in. However, cost what it will, Christ exhorts us to enter by the straight gate.
The course pointed out to us is a safe one. A Gate in Scripture is, Acts 12:10, the entrance to a city and, Acts 3:10, the entrance to the Temple. So here is the metaphor, heaven is compared to a holy city. So the godly are, as it were, in the outer court of heaven and the ungodly are in the outer court of hell, both making progress on their journey to their place.
The reasons Christ gives us this warning:
Heaven is large but the way to heaven must be narrow.--Henry Smith
Heaven begins where sin ends. --Thomas Adams
Soli Deo Gloria,