The Narrow Path

Q. Could you direct me to the passage that talks about the many that do not find the narrow path, but only follow the road that is wide, and the few that do?

A. Matt. 7:13-14 says, “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.”

There are several interpretations of this passage, mostly having to do with maintaining certain standards of behavior to qualify for eternal life. But I’m convinced that’s not the correct interpretation.

I think the broad road is filled with crowds on both extremes of “Christianity”. On one extreme are those who believe that Jesus just started the process of our salvation and we have to work to earn the rest and keep it. And on the other extreme are those who believe that we don’t have to be born again. Being a good person, joining a church, and being nice to people is all it takes.

But on the narrow road are those few who know what terrible sinners they are, and just how far short they fall of meeting God’s requirements. They know they have nothing to offer on their own behalf and can only rely on the promise of the One who paid their debts with His own blood.

They don’t know how He could have saved them or why He wanted to, but they approach the narrow gate having staked their eternal destiny on their belief that He did. When they get to the gate, they’ll discover it’s labeled, “by faith alone”.

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