New Interpretation of Parable

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  1. “ STRIVE TO ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW GATE ”

    (New Interpretation of Parable)


    What is the meaning of the parable? During the time of Jesus’ ministry before His death on the cross, He spoke mainly to the Jews of Israel. Most of the parables spoken by Jesus was about the nation of Israel and the Jewish Priesthood only and not about other nations or future Christians. Remember prior to the cross, Grace, as we know it today, did not exist during the ministry of Jesus as He spoke to the Jews prior to His death. In Luke 13vs24, Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” What was Jesus referring to when He said “Narrow is the gate?” Was Jesus speaking about Himself as being the narrow gate?


    No, He was not speaking about Himself. Jesus was talking about the Law as being the Narrow Gate, not Himself He was speaking about the Jewish nation, the Jewish Priesthood exclusively. Jesus was talking about the Law as being the Narrow Gate, a small window, not Himself. Jesus was saying It’s harder to enter Paradise through the Law, this small window, this narrow gate. Jesus was saying that people who are murders, adulteress, liars, envious, prideful, spiteful, hateful, not giving to the poor, not forgiving others, false witness, sexual fornicators, abusiveness of any sort, robbers and thieves, upright individuals that are good citizens and anyone born with an evil nature-that means every child, the rich, the poor, every teen, every adult, every mother, every father, every Jew and every gentile in the world will not enter into Paradise, the kingdom of God through the Law.


    The Law is the Narrow Gate. The Law said no to anyone trying to enter the Gate of Paradise. The Law made the Gate of Paradise very narrow to enter-almost impossible to enter except for a few as the scripture said, “Many Are Called but Few Are Chosen” and Jesus was referring to the Jews and the Jewish Priesthood. Jesus spoke in parables and the Jewish Priesthood knew that Jesus was speaking about them in the parables according to NKJ Bible Matt 21vs45, and the parables were very confusing to the Jews at that time period, including many Christians and preachers today who are misinterpreting the Parable (NKJ Bible, Luke 13vs24 and Matt 7vs 12,14).


    Jesus is not the Law, the Narrow Gate, where few can only enter. When Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, the Flood Gates of Paradise became wide open, not narrow, to capture all of humanity and not just a few. Jesus became available as a Savior to everyone who would receive Him as their Savior, including the Jews and all the gentiles in the world. Yes, the Flood Gates of Grace became available to those who were murders, adulteress, liars, envious, prideful, spiteful, hateful, not caring about the poor, not forgiving others, false witness, sexual fornicators, abusiveness of any sort, robbers and thieves, upright individuals that are good citizens and anyone born with an evil nature-that means every child, the rich, the poor, every teen, every adult, every mother, every father, every Jew, and every gentile in the world.


    Yes, the Flood Gates of Grace was extended to the “Thief on the cross” as he said to Jesus, “Do not forget me when you come into your kingdom and Jesus said “today you will be with me in Paradise.” A thief in those days committed probably murder or violent attacks upon their victims, but the Gate of Grace, excepting Christ as his Savior gave the thief access into Paradise. The Law, the Narrow Gate would have denied the thief access into Paradise, but the blood of Christ covers all of our sins from murder to mayhem to lying and most of all the evil nature that we inherited from Adam and Eve.


    Christian preachers today used the parables mention in this commentary to make Christian Believers doubt their salvation or perhaps, never been saved which is not true. These parables were meant for the Jews only and not meant to condemn Christians who are weak in the faith or in the process of learning to live out their salvation in the midst of their sins-all of us are a work in progress. And anyone today who is trying to enter paradise by way of works via the narrow gate will be denied access.


    Jesus opened wide the new Flood Gates of Grace to capture you and me-all the Jews and Gentiles in the world. Without Christ as your Savior, there is the Narrow Gate of the Law for you to contend with. The Narrow Gate of the Law is still in existence. If you seek to enter into the narrow gate of the Law or works, the Lord will say” I do not know you, depart from me and He was speaking to the Jews in general and the Jewish priesthood when He taught them in the streets of Jerusalem in NKJ Bible, Luke13vs25, 27 and the Jewish Priesthood always knew that Jesus was talking about them in all His parables as in Matt 21vs 45


    There is also the narrow gate and the wide gate of destruction that Jesus spoke about in Matt 7vs12, 14. In verse 12 Jesus was talking to the Jewish prophets, the Jewish nation in general about the Law with respect to entering the narrow gate as well as the wide gate of destruction in verse 13,14. Jesus did not explain that parable from verse 13 to 14 or the parables in this commentary as He has in other parables. Jesus was referring to the wide gate of destruction as being the Gate of Hell. He was referring to the narrow gate as being the Law which made it impossible to entering into Paradise by fulfilling the Law or through works.Jesus was saying It’s harder to enter Paradise through the Law, this small window, this narrow gate. It’s much easier to enter Paradise through Grace, through Jesus Christ.


    And the Gate of Hell is open wide to anyone, be it an atheist, agnostic, those who could care less about the afterlife and the list goes on and on and Hell has no requirements for entering-come as you are. The Law, the Narrow gate, has the requirement of fulfilling the Law to enter into Paradise. Who can fulfill the Law? It's hard, the window is so narrow and “Many are call but few are chosen” as Jesus stated.


    But the Gate of Grace is wide open- it’s not narrow, there is no Law to fulfill. And it’s open wide to everyone, be it a murder, a thieve, an adulteress and the list goes on and on and the only simple requirement for entering into Paradise is accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior. These gates do exist. Yes, the Gate of Grace is wide open to everyone, both Jews and Gentiles-who believe in Christ Jesus as their Savior.


    In summary, over the years many Christians have been taught by pastors and teachers to believe the prevailing view about the Narrow gate as being Jesus and the Lord has over the years given me another understanding about these parables. Yes, it’s much easier to enter Paradise through Grace than it is by way of the Law, this small window, this narrow window and that’s what Jesus was talking about. Jesus was saying It’s harder to enter Paradise through the Law, this small window, this narrow gate. When Jesus said, “Many are call, but few are chosen,” Jesus was talking about the Jewish priesthood and the Jewish nation "As Few Being Chosen." He was not talking about Christian Believers.

    I am just presenting this new view of the parables for Pastors and Believers to consider, accept and to mull over in their spare time as well as having a new view of the parables to teach and share with others. Regardless of your views or assessment of my interpretation about these parables, continue to go on doing what the Lord has call you to do-whether it’s sharing the gospel message of Christ, feeding the poor, praying for the sick, caring about your earthly family and the family of God in your church.


    END

    GOD BLESS


    Lou Barreto, An Original Commentary Publication, December 22, 2014, Kingdom Come Publishers


     
  2. Welcome to CFS..
    Interesting view.. But if the narrow gate is Law, that is means there is another way to eternal life other than Jesus. That means, there is something else a person can do to be saved outside of the Cross. That is A BIG PROBLEM for me. Jesus says I am "THE" way. He did not say I am a "better" way. Jesus is the only way. If so, He could not be referring to Law as narrow gate.
     
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  3. Welcome

    JOHN 10 : 9
    9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.a (NIV)
    most translations use the word door

    Didn't Jesus come to full fill because man could not?
    Why would He impose the very thing He knew was impossible for Jews or anyone else to live up to?
    Coffee time I will look back at this in a little while


    Thanks,

    peter
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  4. An interesting and appealing interpretation. However, Jesus said "...and FEW there be that find it." If a few can make it through the narrow gate of the Law, then salvation through works of Law is possible, and Jesus would have died unnecessarily. If the parable is about the Law, Jesus should have said "and NONE there be that find it."

    On the other hand, if the parable were about the Law, I don't see a problem with the instruction to strive to enter through the narrow gate. This does not necessary imply the command is possible. Striving to keep the impossible requirements of the Law at least shows a desire to be free from sin, which is a necessary prerequisite for salvation.

    The parable that speaks of the Law and salvation is the one about the camel through the eye of a needle. Ain't nobody gonna make it through that except by God!
     
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  5. Welcome to CFS, enjoy your time here. (y)
     
  6. You are so very correct!
     
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  7. Consider John 14:6......
    "Jesus said unto them...I AM THE WAY the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except by ME".

    It has never been about the law as the law was never intended to save anyone and in fact has never saved anyone.

    It has always been about a Saviour, a substitute, and offering! JESUS the Christ!
     
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  8. Hi Lou,
    This is an interesting view of this parable, but I find it hard to reconcile this view with what the scripture actually says. When you read the verses in question which come from Matthew 7:13-14 they say:
    13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
    14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
    If you believe the "wide" way is the way of grace as you mention, then the parable is wrong for it says quite clearly that the "wide" way is the path to destruction & I find that difficult to equate to the way of Grace which leads to life.
    Furthermore we see the "narrow" way being a hard road and we are encouraged to take this hard & narrow path because THAT is the way to life. Does anyone here think that the Christian way is easy? Consider also all the warnings from the Lord & other about the trials, tribulations & troubles we will suffer for the name of Jesus & the sake of the gospel. Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:12-13
    12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you.
    13 But rejoice in so far as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
    Certainly I agree that no person will be found righteous in the sight of God by works of law for it is by faith we stand righteous & that is a gift given by grace. But I cannot reconcile your view of this parable as speaking about the law, especially as Christ abolished the law when He brought the New Covenant into effect at His death. He has set us free from sin & also from the law as we are told in Romans 7 (& other places).
    Perhaps you could explain further why you believe this parable is speaking about the law as I cannot see it myself?
    God bless...John
     
  9. The wide gate of destruction is hell and it is wide open for everyone on earth who could careless about the afterlife ....There are no requirements to enter the gate of hell..............It's so easy to enter Paradise through Grace, accept Jesus as your Savior. no law to fulfill and so very difficult to enter Paradise through the Law, such a small window, a narrow window..........Ask yourself one question, which is easier....that is all I am saying...................Lou
     
  10. Not really.......some are saved not by the Law but through faith like King David and some of the Prophets but most of the jews in the old testament, 99 percent, are not saved and still need a Savior and the Gentiles had no way of entering into paradise and they needed a Savior and that is why Jesus die for them and the 99 percent of the Jews that were not saved by the Law...............Lou
     
  11. Please re-read my interpretation...It's so easier to enter paradise through Grace, the only frequirement is knowing Jesus as your Savior....................where as the Law, it is so hard to enter Paradise...you can not do it.....................Lou
     
  12. I did read it. It was too long but I did. The point I am making to you is it is not "easier to enter paradise through Grace".......
    It is the ONLY way to enter Heaven.

    Your comment was......."where as the Law, it is so hard to enter Paradise...".

    Not so my good friend. The law was never given or intended to be the agent by which man could enter Paradise.
    The agent was FAITH not obedience of the law.

    Romans 4:1..........
    "What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt."
     
  13. ALL people are saved by faith my brother. 100% not 99%.
     
  14. It's always been by faith. The Law did not come until Moses, and only to keep people safe from the enemy. Obey God, get good things. Disobey, and not get good things.

    Jesus is not telling a Parable, and it's not as complex as what this post makes it sound. There is only one way to life, and that is faith in Jesus or through faith. Abraham walked by faith, and pleased God.
    There are lots of other things that look good, but only that one path through the gate leads to life.

    Even Israel can be grafted back in............ IF THEY BELIEVE. Some forget that verse is there thinking Israel gets a special free ride. Not so.

    Rom 11:23 kjva And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

    So even God's own choosen elect by which the proise was made have to believe. That means the Law never saved anyone.

    Reading through this, I can see why folks get confused by simple scriptures.
     
  15. Amen brother.......amen!
     
  16. Please re-read my interpretation...It's so easier to enter paradise through Grace, the only requirement is knowing Jesus as your Savior....................where as other religions require the Law or works that make it impossible, a small window, a narrow window impossible to enter into Paradise...you can not do it...........Grace is much easier, the only requirement is knowing Jesus as your Savior................................Lou
     
  17. Lou it is not easier ........ it is the only way
    peter
     
  18. when you compare it to other religions, Grace is much easier, there are no works required other than to know Jesus as your Savior........................Asked Jesus Christ and He will tell you, Grace is much easier......You come as you are with all your sins......no works require......Is'nt that easier.............Ask anyone in the Christian community................Jesus is the best way, the easiest way and the only way into Paradise and my commentary makes that very clear........................Lou
     
  19. From my perspective there is no comparison ......... I am a Christian and to consider anything or anyone other than Jesus would be denying my savior. The scripture in my bible says if anyone preaches another gospel he is to be accursed .. Gal 1:8

    peter
     

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