Thursday, June 30, 2011



"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14).

   The general picture here is clear enough: there are two gates, two roads, two crowds, two destinations. The "narrow' gate is clearly restrictive and does not permit entrance to what Jesus prohibits. The "wide" gate seems far more inviting. The "broad" road is spacious and accommodates the crowd and their baggage; the other road is 'narrow" and restricting, because it is the way of persecution and opposition.

   But the two roads are not ends in themselves. The narrow road leads to life, i.e., to the consummated kingdom (cf. vv.21-23); but the broad road leads to eternal death (cf. 25:34, 46). Democratic decisions do not determine truth and righteousness in the kingdom; the way that leads to life is exclusively by revelation. {Zondervan NIV BIBLE COMMENTARY Volume 2; New Testament}. []. JESUS IS LORD.

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