The Narrow Road that Leads to the Narrow Gate
Today I have been instructed to share the Gospel of Matthew with all of you. As the Chosen Generation, you will encounter many people who will want to lead you to the narrow road. But know they themselves are not on the narrow path. They preach one thing and live another. "Do as I say and not as I myself do" has often been associated with the Pharisees, High Priests, and the false prophets.
As Jesus tells the disciples in Matthew 7:13 - 29
The Narrow and Wide Gates
“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.
True and False Prophets
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
“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. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Therefore, before you trust your life and your soul completely to another human being who promises you a road to salvation, spend time getting to know them first. Observe what their priorities are; how they live; how they spend their money; how they treat others; and how they speak of others. If they live a life that is of this world and in contrast to what they preach, do not waste your time with them. Your time in this life is short and precious. Seek out those who can walk the narrow path with you. Live as Christ with love for God and compassion for each other as this will lead to the narrow gate of salvation where you will be welcomed into the open arms of our Lord Jesus.