THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW WAY
( Matthew 7:13-14 )
March 1, 2009
The “straight gate and narrow way” is a total commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Only through Jesus Christ can a person be saved. The way is not just saying you have accepted Jesus as your savior. Many name the name of Jesus, but they are perishing every day.
I. WHAT IS THE WAY?
John 14:6 The most important thing to understand about the “narrow way” is to know that Jesus tells the world that He is the only way to get to heaven.
Luke 6:46 Jesus says that it is no use calling Him Lord and not doing the things that He tells us to do.
Matthew 7:15-20 Jesus says that a “good tree” brings forth fruit, and a “corrupt tree” brings forth evil fruit. Certainly we are aware that Christians sometimes fall into sin, but a Christian will not continue to live in sin without being convicted by the Holy Spirit and eventually come back to God. Jesus says “by their fruits ye shall know them”. A Christian will have good fruit for others to observe.
James 1:22 The “straight gate” is Christians being “doers of the Word” and not just listening.
Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus says that we are to “do the will of my Father which is in heaven’. Many will be absolutely sure of their salvation, but will hear Jesus say, “I never knew you”.
Matthew 25:12; Luke 13:25 It is not a matter of whether or not we know Jesus, but whether or not Jesus knows us !!?? In these two verses He tells these who think they are saved “I KNOW YOU NOT”.
Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus tells us that if we hear Him and follow His commands, our life, though tried and tested, will stand firm against the devil, the world and the flesh.
II. SAVED TO FIGHT
The Christian can expect Satan to attack in ways that we cannot even imagine. We have a battle to fight, even though we know the war has already been won. Those who make the decision to “enter in through the straight gate” are those who will fight in the eternal battle for souls and against the devil.
I Peter 4:12-14 We are not to be surprised when the devil attacks us, but we are to realize that Jesus will be honored and glorified when we are persecuted in any way for His name sake.
II Corinthians 10:4-5; Ephesians 6:10-18 The battles that we are to fight are called “spiritual warfare”. This warfare is fought with the armor of God.
I Timothy 6:12 The apostle Paul encouraged young Timothy to be a fighter for Jesus Christ. Many who sit in the pews of churches today do not want to fight, they want to “appease”and “compromise”.
I Peter 4:16-19 Many “church people” today are almost ashamed of even bowing in public to pray. What will happen when we are put to the test for Jesus when it will cost us something to admit we are truly Christians and proud of our Savior??
III. THE CHURCH TODAY
Revelation 3:14-19 Jesus describes the Laodicean church as lukewarm. He is describing the church of today: confident and self-righteous. They are serving self, the world, and the Lord. Daily conversation is worldly and all about business and pleasure. Church programs and entertainment fill Sundays worship hours instead of spiritual worship. Jesus will “spew” this church out of His mouth and very few souls will be saved out of this church