Monday, May 7, 2012
"The Narrow Way"
This Week’s Word
“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.”
In this passage of scripture, the term Broad is to be understood as meaning wide-ranging. The words Narrow and Strait are words that signify a constricted passage; a slim firm way with no room for deviation or change. (Malachi 3:6)
The Lord Jesus Christ spoke these words to his disciples as he taught them The Kingdom principles of being wise, identifying false prophets, asking and trusting God and discerning judgment. In Matthew’s Gospel chapter 7 verses 13-14, Jesus admonished and encouraged his disciples to follow the path least traveled. And he taught them how to identify the road to destruction from the narrow path to eternal life.
As I read this scripture passage I thought of the wide-range of belief systems and methods of salvation that exist today in Christendom. I thought of the relatively recent phenomenon of the mega church. I thought of the great crowds of followers that are drawn to glamorous worship facilities. I thought of the mega star preaching personalities that entertain and persuade millions of people to join their ministries. I began to think of the popular gospels of prosperity, wisdom and seed faith giving. I thought of the phony but popular method of salvation called the “sinner’s prayer.” I thought of the many false prophets who have populated their churches with countless lost souls by teaching the doctrines of demons – denominationalism. And I have become acutely aware of the glamorization of Christianity as a commodity available to anyone willing to call themselves a Christian. According to contemporary Christianity, wide is the gate and broad is the road that lead to salvation.
However, Jesus said, “Wide is the gate and broad is the road that lead to destruction and many enter through it.” It is obvious that the world’s view of Christianity is diametrically opposed to genuine Christianity. The world presents Christianity as being available to all regardless of their unbelieving and unrepentful state. For no one can say that they believe in God while yet disobeying God’s Commandments and instructions. If they do, they are liars! (1 John 2:4)
Contrary to popular Christianity, Jesus teaches us that the way to eternal life is a narrow unchanging path and only a few will find it.
With so many claiming to be saved, it is disturbing to me that only a few will actually find the way of salvation. Only a few will actually be submissive enough to surrender to the voice of God’s divine plan of salvation and be saved. Only a few will hear and obey. With so many mega churches springing up over the land and so many televised churches claiming tens of thousands as church members, only a remnant will have repented, been baptized into water in the name of Jesus Christ and endowed with the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the speaking in tongues. (John 3:3-7, Acts 2:38, Acts 19:1-7) Only a few will adhere to God’s strict moral code of holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)
Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23:
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Only a few will walk the narrow path to eternal life.
This Week’s Prayer
Father, I pray to You today in the name of *YeHoWsHua HaMashiach – Jesus the Christ. I come praising Your name and giving You honor and reverence for Your great love for me. You are the God of my salvation. I realize that I have been wrong. I have been walking on the broad road to destruction. I have been serving the false gods of denominationalism, worldly prosperity and human wisdom. I have followed the crowd more than I have listened to You. I repent today. Lord have mercy on me. I diligently seek Your True Path and Your Way of salvation. Help me to truly repent of my sins and be submissive to Your instruction to be baptized into water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of my sins whereby I might receive Your promised gift of the Holy Spirit. I cannot do anything without You Oh Lord. Help me to live a life of holiness—Trusting and Obeying only You—keeping all of Your Holy Commandments—Loving and forgiving as a Christian ought to. I want to be numbered among the few that find You. This is my prayer today in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus) the Christ, Amen.
The Hebrew spelling of the name of Christ is used in this prayer for educational purposes. Yehowshua is often shorten to Yeshua but out of respect for my Lord I chose to use the spelling of His proper name to demonstrate that His name s above every name and that even the spelling of His name is relative to the spelling of The Father’s name – remembering that there were not any vowels in the Hebrew alphabets. Thus, YHWH (Yahweh) and YeHoWsHua (Yahweh is salvation) are grammatically and uniquely related.
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