Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction (#684), and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life (#2222), and there are few who find it.” “destruction” (Strong’s #684) “of persons, signifying their spiritual and eternal perdition, Matthew 7:13” “life” (Strong’s #2222) “Eternal life …it has moral associations which are inseparable from it, as of holiness and righteousness” <<from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words>> No other passage attacks today’s easy-believism with as much force as the above! It amounts to the Savior’s own presentation of the way of salvation … and it brings the Sermon on the Mount to a powerful climax. 2 gates -- narrow & wide 2 paths -- difficult & broad 2 destinations -- heaven & hell 2 participants -- few & many Also in Matthew 7 … 2 trees/fruit: good & bad --- 2 builders: wise & foolish --- 2 foundations: rock & sand “Jesus himself stands at the crux of each person’s destiny and demands a deliberate choice of life or death, heaven or hell … the Lord requires that each person choose between following the world on the easy, well-travelled road, or following him on the difficult road. … The choices are clear-cut. He demands a decision, We are all at the crossroads, and each individual must choose which way he or she will go. … The message of Jesus cannot be made to accommodate any kind of cheap grace or easy-believism.” (John MacArthur, The Gospel according to Jesus, Zondervan, 1994) Each person inevitably must make a choice … and God has always presented choices! • “I have set before you today life and good, death and evil … I have set before you life and death, the blessing and cursing; therefore choose life …” (Deut 30:15-19) • “I set before you the way of life and the way of death.’ ” (Jeremiah 21:8) Both gates are marked, “Heaven”, but one of the gates does NOT lead to heaven! The narrow gate is like a turnstile: only one person can pass through at a time. Another passage which annihialates today’s easy-believism … “Then one said to Him, ‘Lord, are there few who are saved (#4982)?’ And He said to them, ‘Strive (#75) to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.’ ” (Luke 13:23-24) “strive” (Strong’s #75) “agonizamai”: “to contend (Eng. “agonize”), KJV “laboring fervently” <<from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words>> “violent men take it (the kingdom of heaven) by force” (Matthew 11:12) “everyone is forcing his way into it (the kingdom)” (Luke 16:16) The broad way is the natural choice, from a human point of view. People prefer sin over righteousness. Some believers fight the narrow road to the very death … they just refuse to acknowledge it. Some believers are devastated by the truth of the narrow road, and fall away from the faith. This gives a whole new meaning to “the terrible twos”.