ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE
-Matthew 7:13,14 states, … Enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to
destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gait, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life,
and few there be that find it … We have just quoted one of the most popular verses in the Bible. Now … Let us
talk about what it means. Let us rightly divide this all-important passage of scripture.
-This passage of scripture refers to the REMNANT ( the overcomers, the firstfruits company, the body of Christ, the barley
company ). It would do us well to remember, and to take note of, that there are scriptures that refer to:
1. THE REMNANT
2. THE NATIONS
3. THE ENTIRE CREATION
-This happens to be a passage that talks about the remnant ( the few there be that find life in this present age ). The
subject matter of this passage is not, “flying off to heaven, or busting hell wide open after you die”. As a matter
of fact, Jesus spent very little time talking about what happens to man after physical death. His subject matter was always
pertaining to THE KINGDOM OF GOD, WHICH HE DID SPEAK OF AS A PRESENT DAY REALITY, WAITING TO BE EXPERIENCED BY THOSE WHO WERE
HUNGRY FOR GOD. Remember … The Kingdom of God is not a physical location that we are going to fly away to in the sweet
by-and-by, but is defined as:
3. JOY … IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
-This means that there are few who understand the Kingdom of God in this present age. There are few who SEE ( PERCEIVE
) the Kingdom of God. There are few who enter into this narrow way of the life of Christ, WHICH ENTAILS HAVING YOUR FLESH
( YOUR CORRUPT NATURE, CARNAL MIND, WOOD, HAY, AND STUBBLE ) DEALT WITH BY THE CONSUMING FIRE OF GOD! YES … IT IS A
NARROW WAY, AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT!
-There is only a remnant of people being dealt with in this present age, but the GOOD NEWS is, that there are at least
two more ages to come, which will include the gathering in of ALL NATIONS, AND ALL THINGS! ( Read Ephesians 2:7. ) Those who
do not enter into this narrow way now are headed for destruction. The question is then, WHAT IS IT THAT IS GOING TO BE DESTROYED?
-The Bible speaks of the destruction of the flesh ( the carnal mind, or nature of man that is contrary to the Spirit of
God ), that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord ( 1st Corinthians 5:5 ). This speaks of the destruction
of the carnal ( corrupt ) mind ( nature ) of man. Those who are in the narrow way now have already entered the PROCESS of
the destruction of the flesh. In essence, the destruction of the flesh is a good thing. With that being said though, IT IS
BETTER to enter into the narrow way NOW, than having to suffer loss, being saved; yet so as by fire ( 1st Corinthians
3:15 ). As well, the unbeliever must go through the purifying fire of God, for our Father will leave nothing undone. For those
who have the ears to hear, the Spirit calls for you to come into the narrow way of the Lord Jesus Christ NOW! But let us rest
assured that ALL WILL EVENTUALLY COME TO THE FATHER, FOR JESUS ASSURED US THAT HE WOULD DRAW ( DRAG ) ALL MEN UNTO HIMSELF!
-PRAISE GOD FOR THE NARROW WAY!-