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The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

To Where does the Narrow Way Lead?

The Gospel Door is narrow.  The vast majority of people will not enter. It is too humiliating.  The door is open only to those who are humble and broken before God. Only those who see their utter lost, spiritually bankrupt condition can enter. There will be no spiritual snobs  in Heaven who attempt to keep their distance from those who would tarnish their self-image.  There will be no self-achievers who made it into Heaven by self-effort.    Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and  broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be that go in thereat; because strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it” Matthew 7:13-14 

Jesus said to His disciples, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6 Peter preached at Pentecost, “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12 Those verses don’t sound very broad minded and politically correct, do they? 

The Bible is clear. The only way to Heaven is to come to God in faith as a guilty helpless sinner, trusting in the shed blood of Christ who died and rose again to pay the full penalty for all our sins.  Our faith rests in the Bible: the inspired,  infallible, inerrant Word of God. A major part of a preacher’s ministry is preaching and teaching this infallible Word and exposing false teachers in order to protect others from their error.  That truth is taught throughout Paul’s Epistles. 

WHERE DOES IT LEAD? 

The strait gate and the narrow way do not lead to a narrow life.  To the contrary. The narrow way leads into the large, wide room of the Christian life.  Listen to the Psalmist in Psalm 18:19 as he talks and sings about the wide room of fellowship with God.  “He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me.” 

Psalm 31:7-8  “I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy; for Thou hast considered my trouble, thou hast known my soul in adversities and hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; Thou hast set my feet in a large room.”  God’s will is not constrictive.  Paul writing in I Corinthians 16:9 assures us, “A great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” We must guard the door of salvation and keep it as narrow as the Bible makes it; but at the same time, we must show people the  large room into which it leads us. 

HOW BIG IS THE ROOM? 

When we lead new Christians through the narrow door of salvation, it is important that we help them see the immensity of the room into which they have come.  Consider God’s unfathomable love and wisdom.  “Oh, the unfathomable breadth and depth of God’s love and wisdom. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.”  Psalm 145:3 

Paul wrote to the Ephesian church, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given that I should preach the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ; to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in Heavenly places might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God.”  Ephesians 3:8-10 After dealing with one of the most difficult doctrines of Scripture, a doctrine that Christian have debated for centuries, Paul bursts into a doxology of praise to God in Romans 11:33-36  “O the depths of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Who hath been His counselor? Who hath first given to Him and it shall be recompensed unto him again?  For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” 

May God help us to see how small and inadequate our minds are to fully grasp the mind of God and the richness and fullness and greatness of being a Christian and a part of the Family of God.  That little gate of salvation and the narrow way and the narrow stream of salvation empties into an ocean of theological truth that encompasses some Dispensationalism, some Arminianism, some Calvinism, some Reformed Theology and a smattering of Charismatic enthusiasm: most of whom love the Lord and are part of the Body of Christ. Truly we ought to be able to say with the Psalmist, “I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy precepts.”  Psalm 119:63 

May 27, 2006 - Posted by | Salvation

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