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How Many Ways Are There To God?
When you are traveling down the highway are you consistently looking at the highway signs to determine your destination.

In Jesus' teaching, He speaks of a broad road that many are on that leads to destruction. The amazing thing about this broad road is that it is marked with signs of "heaven," "blessings," "all roads lead to God," "Whatever is truth for you is truth," etc. But Jesus says, that the true road, the true gate, the true passage way is narrow and must be searched for and sought after to be found. "But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Words of Jesus found in Matthew 7:14) The word "narrow" in this passage means so narrow that you must enter alone. You will bring no baggage, you will not go in groups, you must enter it alone, for this is a decision that must be made by an individual personally one at a time.

Jesus says, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it." (Matthew 7:13)

In the language that the New Testament was originally written in this word "ENTER" is in the aorist imperative tense. This means that Jesus is asking for a definite and specific action upon those that are hearing His words. It is a command, enter the strait gate. Jesus is not asking them to admire the gate, or ponder and think about the gate, but to "ENTER IT".

In these two verses (Matthew 7:13-14), Jesus is stating that there are two gates (the strait gate and the wide gate), two ways (the broad way and the narrow way), two groups (many and few), and two destinations (destruction and eternal life). Is it not a sobering thought that Jesus said? "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."

The word "many" means "a large indefinite number of persons; the masses," while "few" indicates "a very small number." Have you ever considered what road you may be on? Jesus' command is to ENTER the STRAIT GATE. This is a metaphor that symbolizes Jesus as the only way to God the Father and the forgiveness of your sins. Jesus uses the same kind of speech when He says that "I am the Way." (John 14:6), and "I am the door." (John 10:9) This is Jesus' claim.

Have you ever considered it seriously? Scripture states that there is no other person, no other name except JESUS CHRIST by which a person can be saved. (Acts 4:12) To be "saved" means to make whole, to be whole, to heal, and rescue from the penalties of Divine Judgment caused by your sins. Aren't you really tired of all the heartache, pain, loneliness, fear and despair that sin and its effects have dealt you? Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, and set at liberty them that are bruised." (Luke 4:18)

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(Tract No. 03 by Don Krow)
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