The Narrow Gate

The continuing exposition of the commands, of Christ each there appended to promises, of Christ whereby beginning in Matthew 7: 1, Jesus commands “Do not Judge or you too will be judged” ; in 7: 7 Jesus commands, “Ask, Seek, Knock” (also then promises for those who do); 7: 12:  Jesus commands “Do to others what you would have them do to you” [adding the promise]: “for this sums up the law and the prophets.” (NIV)

Did you clearly hear what he says:

“Do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.”  (NIV)

Then he says this:  Matthew 7: 13:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (NIV)

The commands of Christ:

John 15: 1-17:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.” (NIV)

John 15: 17:  This is my command: Love each other.” (NIV)

 

John 15:  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin.As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’” (NIV)

NOTICE HE DID NOT SAY “MY LAW” OR “GOD’S LAW.” HE SAID: “THEIR LAW.”   

John 15: 7-11:

“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness,because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.  (NIV)

Listen to the Spirit:  John 16: 12-14:

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (NIV)

John 16: 24:

“Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  (NIV)

John’s gospel reveals the relationship with the Lord through his Spirit.

Acts 9: 1-13:  Saul’s conversion:

“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” (NIV)

Christ’s Command Acts 9: 15:  But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (NIV)

Jesus told us it is God’s WILL we produce fruit in Chapter 14.  Here we are told it is God’s WILL Paul is the instrument to proclaim his name to Gentiles.  Ask yourself, if you are a Jew (most of them rejected Jesus) or Gentile or of the people of Israel?  (See Misquoting Logic by Chris Queen/Hosea) Three separate groups per Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Romans 15:8.

The narrow gate requires we obey Christ’s commands, as the page is written and the Spirit of truth reveals.  Galatians, rarely preached in denominational churches, was the first epistle Paul wrote (epistle 64 dollar word for letter of instruction) says this at Galatians 1: 3:

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age,according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (NIV)

Next at Galatians 1:  5-9:

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! (NIV)  

Jumping now to chapter 3 Paul tells us what he speaks of concerning this “DIFFERENT GOSPEL … no gospel at all” (before gospel … Moses) for which the preaching places those who preach UNDER A CURSE (the curse for disobeying Moses) Galatians 3: 1-10:

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law,or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (NIV)

Back to Galatians 1: 

“I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” (NIV)

So we are left with clear understanding the commandments of Moses are not the commands of Christ.  In Romans 7 4-6, Paul explains his own experience:

“So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[a] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (NIV)

Paul further explains there he was unable to obey the law.  Anyone who claims they do is self deceived.  And the flesh committed to the law can not produce the fruit God requires because it is still the flesh.

Jesus called the Jewish leaders, “whitewashed wall” “brood of vipers” “long robes filled with dead men’s bones” “hypocrites who gave a tenth but ignored justice, love and mercy.”  Do not become or continue as one of the skeletons in their robes, because alleged churches are filled with those who leaven with the yeast of the Pharisees.

Paul prophesied a FALLING AWAY before the end.  Galatians 5: 4

You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.”  (NIV)

In verse 12 Paul sets the remedy for those preaching the law, in the event they will not deny themselves, pick up their cross and carry it to Jesus (Command of Christ) if you want to be my disciples.

Paul said don’t stop with the tip, cut it all off.  No more beanie wienies.

FRUIT?  Galatians 5 where Paul explains there are only two kinds of fruit:  1) Fruit of the flesh; 2) Fruit of the Spirit.

Fruit of the flesh:

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions [DENOMINATIONS21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (NIV)

Can’t get there by the law or your own effort, including the law.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other.”  (NIV)

Can’t get this fruit without the transformation through the Spirit of truth.  The law cannot possibly produce this fruit.  Trusting in Jesus by faith alone produces this fruit.

Please keep your hands and feet inside the tram until we come to a complete stop.  Jesus and I would like to thank you for joining our tour of the narrow gate today.  Chris Queen.  2/13/2019.  Please get my books available on Amazon and all the rest.  Misquoting Logic Go HERE.  Misquoting Calculus Go HERE (amazon).  Please hit the Follow Key above and to the right for future updates.  Please leave your valued comments in the form below and look at more posts there below the form.

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