“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.“ —Mt 7:13-14 (NIV)
THE SMALL GATE AND NARROW THE ROAD
Just how small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life? Also notice two things must be found to obtain life? The narrow road and the small gate.
The Greek word for ‘narrow’ is ‘thlibo’ meaning: to press hard upon. The narrow road is hard pressed it is not easy to find and difficult to walk on.
The Greek word for ‘small’ is ‘stenos’ meaning strait: a narrow and sometimes dangerous passage that connects two larger bodies of water.
The small gate is a narrow passage between two large kingdoms, the world’s and the kingdom of Heaven. It’s a very narrow and difficult to navigate suggestingthat a navigator must assist in one’s travel. Wasn’t that Christ’s ministry? He’s, the navigator, showing the way. Jesus taught His disciples to teach others to become disciples of Himself too and so on down through the centuries.
“So, what does all this mean to me?” You may ask.
There are two important questions that you need to be ask.
- Am I walking on the narrow or the easy road?
- How can I tell?
Jesus is the author of the aforementioned narrow gate statement; therefore, if you are following Jesus and obeying His word then you’re traveling the narrow road. If you’re not following and obeying Jesus then you’re on the wide road leading to destruction.
How is it then that Jesus can say? “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” —Mt 7:13-14 (NIV)
HOW WIDE IS THE EASY ROAD?
When we investigate the dichotomy of the two roads it is self evident from the scripture that many people travel the wide road. There are only two roads, one of which is extremely narrow and the other extremely the wide. It means that virtually everyone, the vast majority of the world’s population, is on the wide road.
Most means practically everyone.
Because only a few find the narrow path. How many is few? Not many, few is never a lot or many.
I.e. After Jesus was put to death on the cross He arose from the dead and met with His believers. The scripture tells us that there were only about 500 at the time. The Jews in Jesus day numbered in the millions. For arguments sake let’s say the Jews numbered only one million. Jesus, God in the flesh, the master of the universe was only able to make five hundred followers by the time he died. That is only .0005% of the population or one two thousands of the population. After the day of Pentecost another 3000 were added to their number. The total on the narrow road is now 3500 travelers or .0035% of the populations or one two hundred and eighty-fifths of the population. This is still less than one percent. Hopefully, you’re getting a pretty good idea of just how narrow the road is that leads to life
What doe that mean in today’s terms?
Approximately two thousand years have passed since Jesus spoke these words. If the road was narrow then it still means that the road is narrow. Notice that Jesus didn’t mince words or make any exceptions and explanations. He didn’t say the road is narrow now, but will grow wider because of church growth. The expectation then is as it should be now. The road is still narrow.
Take a look around. Is that what you see?
According to Pew Research 70.6% of Americans call themselves Christians. That’s a whopping two hundred forty-seven million one hundred thousand people or 247,100,000. How does that stack up to .0035% of the population? Wow, that’s a huge discrepancy.
What is .0035% of the American population today? That number equals one million two hundred and twenty-five thousand or 1,225,000.
“That’s baloney, Christianity was bound to spread.” You say. “It has been around for over two thousands years. It’s bound to get much larger.”
Wasn’t that question addressed a few minutes ago? Jesus said the road is narrow. It will always be narrow.
Please note that these numbers are only meant to portray that the road is still narrow. They are not the actual population count of the believers. There may be more, but there may be less. However it is important to understand: what does narrow really mean in terms or true believers?
The road is still narrow; yet there’s practically a church on every corner within the USA and 70.6% of the population is Christian? This estimate does not count Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and other faiths. If you ask every preacher, pastor, priest, minister or bishop from the thousands of denominations in America today; if they are on the strait and narrow? They all will, including Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses, unequivocally say, “Yes!”
How can this be if the road is still narrow?
We need to remember that the wide road is so big and easy nearly everyone alive is traveling on it. That also means that most churches are on the wide road which leads to death too.
I know, I know, this is very difficult to believe, but remember Jesus never said the way is going to be easy. He said the exact opposite.
Why are there some many Christians today?
Part III concerns false prophets about which Jesus spoke of next.
Hope to see you then.
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May God bless you and be sure to pray for heavenly guidance.