through the narrow gate, on the narrow road

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.

I’m afraid many times we who are in Jesus take for granted the new life we have and the path that we’re on. Jesus’ words are a good heads up for us to consider just whether or not we have entered through the narrow gate and are on the narrow road which leads to life, as opposed to the wide gate and broad road which leads to destruction. In this context the gate and the road would be with reference to Jesus’ words about the kingdom spoken here on the Sermon on the Mount. The needed foundation mentioned at the end of this sermon is hearing Jesus’ words, specifically those of this “Sermon on the Mount,” and putting them into practice.

There seems to be a balance in scripture in both knowing we are dependent on the Lord for his grace in this ongoing salvation (salvation is past, present and future tense in the New Testament) and that we are not to take it for granted, but continue on in the grace of God. We do so as followers of the Way, specifically Jesus himself, who said that he is the way, the truth and the life. On the one hand I don’t think it’s healthy to be looking over our shoulder as it were, with the idea that we could lose out on our salvation at any time. On the other hand neither do I think it’s healthy when we don’t work at keeping ourselves attuned to the way of righteousness in and through the grace that is ours in Jesus. This certainly is a big subject and requires the entire Bible, with an emphasis on living out the fulfillment of the old covenant in the new covenant in Jesus as found in the pages of the New Testament. This aspect of the new life in Jesus is one theme, but important as part of the whole.

And so let’s rest in Jesus and in the salvation given to us in him, and let’s continue in that salvation individually and together in Jesus. Together in Jesus for the world.