Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to

Hold on for a second
If words can be weapons,
Then what I say can effect it.
They’re not just words on a record.

And I can choose to respect it,
Or choose to infect it.
But once that hits the water,
It’s too late to be selective.

If one voice is enough,
To make sleeping giants wake up.
To make armies put their hands up.
And watch whole nations stand up.
It’s one belief, one spark,
One faith and one restart.
And we can reboot the whole chart,
Before it all falls apart

So stand up, shout it out.
We can put ’em in the air if you like it loud.
We only got one shot, so let’s make it count.
It’s a take down, nobody can stop us now.
Stand up, shout it out.
Sing it loud, so the world can’t drown us out.
And before we depart let’s leave a mark.
‘Cuz light shines brighter in the dark.

When we scream,
Our lips don’t make a sound.
We march with feet on solid ground.
We walk, where no one wants to go,
On this untraveled road.

So hold on for a moment,
If we’re not scared of opponents,
Then with what we have we can own it.
We just plant the seed and keep groanin’.
And when that light shines in the mornin’,
They’ll still be wakin’ up yawnin’.
We’ll be smilin’ like we expected.
Sweet victory, one method.

If one voice is enough,
To make sleeping giants wake up.
To make armies put their hands up.
And watch whole nations stand up.
It’s one belief, one spark,
One faith and one restart.
And we can reboot the whole chart,
Before it all falls apart

So stand up, shout it out.
We can put ’em in the air if you like it loud.
We only got one shot, so let’s make it count.
It’s a take down, nobody can stop us now.
Stand up, shout it out.
Sing it loud, so the world can’t drown us out.
And before we depart let’s leave a mark.
‘Cuz light shines brighter in the dark.

When we scream,
Our lips don’t make a sound.
We march with feet on solid ground.
We walk, where no one wants to go,
On this untraveled road.

When we scream,
Our lips don’t make a sound.
We march with feet on solid ground.
We walk, where no one wants to go,
On this untraveled road.

And I can choose to respect it,
Or choose to infect it.
But once that hits the water,
It’s too late to be selective.

If one voice is enough,
To make sleeping giants wake up.
To make armies put their hands up.
And watch whole nations stand up.
It’s one belief one spark,
One faith and one restart.
And we can reboot the whole chart,
Before it all falls apart.

When we scream,
Our lips don’t make a sound.
We march with feet on solid ground.
We walk, where no one wants to go,
On this untraveled road.

When we scream,
Our lips don’t make a sound.
We march with feet on solid ground.
We walk, where no one wants to go,
On this untraveled road.

On this untraveled road.
On this untraveled road.

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Matthew 7:13-14

The narrow gate and path

Introduction

Why do so many people fail to believe the Gospel?

“They have not heard a clear presentation of the Gospel and have

rejected a false stereotype.” Bill Bright

“They are not among Godʼs elect and have not been predestined to

believe.” R.C. Sproul

“Religion is silly and unreasonable. Smart rational people do not fall

for it.” Richard Dawkins

“They donʼt want to give up some favored sin.” Dinesh DʼSouza

“There is not enough evidence.” Bertrand Russell

Context

Jesus was expected to be part of the religious establishment as a

prophet of Israelʼs God.

Jesus and his message were at odds with the establishment.

The people listening to Jesus were confused. Who has the truth?

This is the issue that Jesus addresses in the next few verses.

Text

Matthew 7

13 Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to

destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14 For the gate is small, and the way is

narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.”

The options

1. Two gates – small and wide

2. Two paths – narrow and broad

3. Two groups – few and many

4. Two destinations – life and death

Reasons to not follow Christ and believe the Gospel.

1. (the narrow gate). It is unfair, exclusive, and imperialistic. Jesus cannot

be the only way.

2. (the narrow path). It is unreasonable, irrational, and without compelling,

credible evidential support.

3. (small group). It is unpopular. Most people agree that Christianity is not

believable.

4. (life destination). It is unhealthy in that it does not lead to a happier

more humane existence but rather is the source of a lot of abusive

behavior, guilt, shame, and anti-intellectual, socially regressive

thinking.

5. The parable of the soils (Mark 4:10-20)

a. Some seed fell “beside the road” and was snatched away by the

birds (Satan).

b. Some seed fell “in rocky places” and had no firm root so that it

withered for lack of rain (afflictions and persecution).

c. Some seed fell “among the thorns” and was crowded out by the

weeds (cares of the world).

d. Some seed fell “in good soil” and was fruitful.

Are the narrow gate and path difficult or unpopular?

1. The issue can be understood in the context of the hard demands that

Jesus makes on entrance into the Kingdom.

2. The issue can also be understood in terms of the foolishness and

stumbling block that the Gospel of grace represents.

a. I Cor.1 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we

preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but

to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the

wisdom of God.”

b. Matt.11 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am

gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your

souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”

c. The imputed moral merit of Christ by grace through faith is seen as both

foolish and a stumbling block. For more information see apttoteach.org

theology file #706

Rom.1:16-17 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of

God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the

Greek. 17 For in it {the} righteousness of God is revealed from faith to

faith; as it is written, “But the righteous {man} shall live by faith.””

The quote from Habakkuk 2:4 suggests that the imputation of moral merit

is in view.

Rom.4:3-8 3 For what does the Scripture say? “And Abraham believed

God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who

works, his wage is not reckoned as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the

one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his

faith is reckoned as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the

blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from

works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, And

whose sins have been covered. 8 “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord

will not take into account.””

Rom.10:1-5 1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them

is for {their} salvation. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for

God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about

God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not

subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of

the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes

that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall

live by that righteousness.”

I Cor.1:30 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us

wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31

that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.””

II Cor.5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin {to be} sin on our behalf, that

we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Gal.3:6 6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as

righteousness. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are

sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the

Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, {saying},

“All the nations shall be blessed in you.” 9 So then those who are of faith

are blessed with Abraham, the believer. 10 For as many as are of the works

of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who

does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform

them.” 11 Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for,

“The righteous man shall live by faith.””

Gal.3:21-22 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it

never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then

righteousness would indeed have been based on law. 22 But the Scripture

has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ

might be given to those who believe.”

Phil.3:9 “and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my

own derived from {the} Law, but that which is through faith in Christ,

the righteousness which {comes} from God on the basis of faith,”

3. Both views reflect valid Biblical themes.

The great temptation

1. The church can sometimes want to make the Gospel attractive by

making the gate large and the path wide.

We can sometimes down play the cost of discipleship when

presenting the Gospel story.

We can sometimes exaggerate or even misrepresent the cost of

discipleship or the reality of following Christ as a pilgrim in the world.

We can exaggerate or misrepresent the benefits of the Gospel so as to

suggest that we will be blessed materially in this life if we follow Christ.

2. Christians can sometimes forget that the call to discipleship is a serious

challenge to a disciplined life that is separate from the worldʼs values.

We can sometimes emphasize grace to such an extent that we suggest

that obedience and moral discipline are optional to the Christianʼs walk.

The call to Christian faith must also include a call to follow Christ as a

serious disciple.

3. Christians can sometimes make the path narrow and the gate small in the

wrong way.

Christians have often put up cultural and ethnic boundaries to the

Gospel.

Christians have sometimes put legalistic moral requirements on the

faith in such a way that grace is of little significance.

Many Christian sects have made their distinctive teachings a

requirement for full fellowship in the church.

We must never confuse the small gate with a small mind, or the

narrow path with a narrow (legalistic) perspective. Let the gate and

the path be defined by Scripture rightly interpreted not by the

dogma of human culture, fad, or personal preference.

Conclusion

1. Christians will be but a remnant in the earth. Rom.9:27, 11:5

2. Christianity will not be a faith of he cultural elite.

3. People reject the Gospel for many reasons.

4. We must not down play the small gate and narrow path of Christianity.

5. We must not confuse the small gate with a small mind, or the narrow

path with a narrow (legalistic) perspective.

 

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