Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | May 30, 2021 | THE BEATITUDES | Enter ye in at the strait gate:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there.... - Matthew 7:13-14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there.... - Matthew 7:13-14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there…. – Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

Dearly beloved brethren, this particular teaching of the sermon on the mount, was the greatest wisdom of Christ and the highest reflection of His love for His followers of all ages and that includes you in particular. See this yourself.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

Our Lord prayed for you to live eternally with Him.

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Because this shall be your own experience, then , you are under compulsion to heed this exhortation, to enter through the strait gate. See it yourself again.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

This is because you can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate.

The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.

But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

The call to enter ye at the strait gate is given because of the bad way of sin, and the good way of holiness.

There are but two ways, right and wrong, good and evil the way to heaven, and the way to hell.

All of us are walking on one of these two roads, no middle place hereafter, no middle way now: the distinction of the children of men into saints and sinners, godly and ungodly, will swallow up all to eternity.

Prior to this time, God the Father had severally called people of old to enter the gate that led to life, the same way, Jesus did. See some of these gracious calls.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Jeremiah 21:8 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

Very very unfortunately, just like vast majority of people declined to enter through the strait gate, so also this gracious call by God was despised and rejected. See this yourself.

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

You might be wondering why multitude of churchgoers and sinners declined the strait gate.

It is because the broad road, allures multitudes into it, and keeps them in it, the gate is wide, and the way broad, and there are many travellers in that way.

They shall have abundance of liberty in that way the gate is wide, and stands wide open to tempt those that go right on their way.

They may go in at this gate with all their lusts about them.

The broad gate gives no check to your appetites, to your passions: you may walk in the way of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes that gives room enough.”

It is a broad way, for there is nothing to hedge in those that walk in it, but they wander endlessly on the broad way, for there are many paths in it

There is choice of sinful ways, contrary to each other, but all paths in this broad way.

In addition you will have abundance of company in this way: this is because, many there be that go in at this gate, and walk in this way.”

If you follow the multitude, it will be to do evil: if you go with the crowd, it will be the wrong way.

It is natural for you to incline to go down the stream, and do as the most do but it is too great a compliment, to be willing to be damned for company, and to go to hell with them, because they will not go to heaven with you: if many perish, you should be the more cautious.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

Beloved brethren, the reason why you unlike the vast majority of churchgoers must heed this compelling exhortation, is because, only few enters through this strait gate and those that fail to enter shall be eternally damned. See this yourself.

Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

But then, the good news is, even though, this gate is strait, narrow and difficult, it leads to heaven and blissful eternity ultimately.

The gate is strait and the way narrow and up-hill, but one hour in heaven will make amends for it. See it yourself again.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

Beloved brethren, how do you enter the strait gate?

Remember, the gate is strait. Conversion and regeneration are the gate, by which you enter into this way.

Then, you begin a life of faith and serious godliness out of a state of sin into a state of grace.

You must pass, by the new birth.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

This is a strait gate, hard to find, and hard to get through.

There must be a new heart, and a new spirit, and old things must pass away.

The bent of the soul must be changed, corrupt habits and customs broken off.

What you have been doing all your days must be undone again. You must swim against the stream much opposition must be struggled with, and broken through, from without, and from within.

It is easier to set a man against all the world than against himself, and yet this must be in conversion.

It is a strait gate, for you must stoop, or you cannot go in at it.

You must become as little children high thoughts must be brought down nay, you must strip, must deny yourself put off the world, put off the old man.

You must be willing to forsake all for your interest in Christ.

The grace of God is sufficient for you in particular to do all that are required to enter the strait gate.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

Beloved brethren, I am persuaded you have entered through the strait gate.

But just in case you have not, this is the time to do it, tomorrow might be too late.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

The good Lord shall help you in particular to be wise to heed this urgent and time bound exhortation in Jesus mighty name. See it yourself again.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

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