Matthew 7: 13-14
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Reflection: The Word is in black and white. You can’t really interpret its meaning in any other way. There are not many ways but only “THE WAY” to eternal life.
Application: Recently, I spoke to a friend who was receiving proposals for marriage. Her litmus test was whether the man who wanted her to be his wife had faith in Jesus Christ. But what she discovered every time was they possessed a broad eclectic faith, meaning, they believed there were many ways to God and all religions will take you there. Then, as I recall in 2020 on the National Day of Prayer in the Rose Garden there were represented leaders of different faiths praying for our nation. I was dismayed, for this country was founded on faith in Jesus Christ, and the only true God represented in Scripture (Bible).
Even now, many are mixing “New Age” into their faith in Christ, and whatever promises self-fulfillment is the faith of the day. The prosperity message is the American gospel, and many are falling into the jaws of its deception, as prey.
God in His Word has said, “My people perish for lack of knowledge”. That knowledge is found in scripture; that He is a Holy and Just God and His mercy has brought about salvation through only “One” Savior, and His Name is Jesus Christ.
(Hosea 4:6, Acts 4:12)
There are examples and warnings written down (Holy Scriptures) for us at the culmination of the age, we have everything we need to stand firm, but it first comes through repentance and turning our life over to the “One” who paid the price for our sins. Then our eyes are open to the Truth, and we will follow no one but Him. And if we backslide, He has promised to restore us through His mercy and grace.
( 1 Corinthians 10:11, John 10:27, Luke 15: 11-32)
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” So there are not many ways, but only one way into the Kingdom of God, and when you believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead, you enter His everlasting Kingdom, and nothing and no one other than the Son of God can take that place in your heart. There is room for only “One”, and His Name is Jesus Christ. ( John 14: 6, Romans 10: 8-10)
Prayer: Dear Lord forgive me for the times I’ve watered down your gospel, the truth concerning your Son, trying to make it acceptable for everyone. Please help me to tell the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.
But the truth is, only Jesus has paid the price and saves us from the wrath of a Holy God, who cannot tolerate sin, but loves the sinner, and has sent His Son. Lord through your mercy and grace, please pour out your spirit upon us in these last days, making us all one in Christ Jesus.
(Romans 5:9, Acts 2: 17, Matthew 7: 22-23)
Resource: One Mind in Christ Jesus