The Narrow Way
13 “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 by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
How many of you have heard a sermon or two on this passage? Probably more than a few. Sadly, there are well-meaning Christians out there who actually think that not many will go to heaven. They were likely taught it by some equally well-meaning preacher who cited the above scripture.
These same preachers will then remind you in serious, pontifical tones that “…wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it…..(AND, conversely)……narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it,” meaning many are going to hell and few are going to heaven. 🤨
Out Of Context.
It’s clear that these preachers are not rightly dividing the word of God. If you don’t know what that means or you also do not know how to rightly divide God’s word, you may follow the link below to a study series on the subject. You will learn some things on how to interpret the Bible in it’s proper context and not be taken in by anyone who does not possess this skill. Believe me: It’s one of the most critical skills with which you can arm yourself. I have, sad to say, actually heard theologians with PhD’s who are confused on how to rightly divide. Not cool:
Even worse, more than a few have used this passage to make you think you can lose your salvation. 😡 They use this fear tactic in order to try and get their people live holy lives. It not only doesn’t work, it backfires.💥
Remember, the strength of sin is the law.
This tactic has caused sincere Christians to wonder needlessly if they are saved or, maybe, they committed the unpardonable sin. 😲 Yes, there is such a thing, but it cannot apply to believers. If you are interested in more information on the “Unpardonble Sin,” which is impossible for a Christian to commit by the way, you may follow the link below:
Again…the passage on this topic has been taken OUT OF CONTEXT.😕
Don’t Call God A Liar.
Does that sound like only a few will find the narrow way to heaven? NO! So the question is, what did Jesus mean when He said that “Narrow is the way and few there be that find it?” Let’s go look at the Greek. That always clears things up!
The word for destruction in this passage is “Apóleian,” from the root word “Apṓleia (“perdition”). This word does NOT imply “annihilation,” meaning going to hell,(see the meaning of the root-verb, 622 /apóllymi, “cut off”) but instead “loss of well-being” rather than “being.” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary). It is talking about being on the road to physical/emotional/relational destruction NOT spiritual. It means you’re NOT going to hell. This passage is talking about your life here and now on earth.
Let’s check out some more passages and find some definitive answers.
One day, THE DOOR, which is Christ Himself, will be shut. At present, it is still wide open; but there will come a time when the “Day of salvation” will be over. Whoever is left standing outside THE DOOR will say to Jesus “Lord, Lord.”
Clearly, the Lord is behind THE DOOR…