Monday, 14 May 2018

The Many Who Try to Enter the Narrow Gate But Cannot Enter

Jesus made it very clear that many of those who try to enter the Narrow Gate to the Kingdom, will be rejected by Him. He said: 

Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
(Luke 13:23-30).

Many of those who seek to enter but are rejected in the end by Christ are those who genuinely thought they knew the Lord, as indicated by how they called Him "Lord, Lord", signifying familiarity, and expecting Him to open unto them (Luke 13:25). This is a truly sobering and frightening thought. If it does not frighten you that you can be genuine for most of your life in thinking you know Christ, but still not truly know Christ, you should. This is a warning that I sound to you. 

Ask yourself, 

Do I truly know the Lord Jesus Christ? 

Do I live to serve and surrender to Him, and do all things for His glory, or am I just seeking to use Him and still be lord over my own life? 

Are all my desires ultimately for His glory and in line with His desires for my life, or do I still own my desires? 

Is obeying Christ my ultimate priority, or do I compromise my obedience to Christ where it is to satisfy my own desires?

There are many professing Christians who think they are saved, but are not truly saved, as Jesus warns in Luke 13:25-27 and Matthew 7:21-23. They did all kinds of works which were good and works which a person familiar with Jesus would do. But they were not truly saved, as they were workers of iniquity (Luke 13:27; Matthew 7:23). 

They were workers on iniquity as they did not fully repent from all of their sins. They may have given up, at least outwardly, the obvious gross sins that we all love to hate, like murder, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, pornography, masturbation, drunkeness, and drug taking. 

Rather, they lived ultimately for themselves, and not for Jesus Christ, still seeking their own self-glory, pursuing earthly security and blessings from God, as opposed to seeking to humble themselves before God, and serve others.  They had a false guise of righteousness, and form a godliness that denied its power, as it was not true godliness at all. They were full of earthly thinking, and had a worldly mindset, though all under a false guise of righteousness. 

They treated following Christ as a religion, and selected only the values of the true Christian faith that were convenient to them, while discarding the others that were not. They stunk of a hypocrisy so great that even the unsaved could discern it, and disdain them all the more, and have all the more an opportunity to blaspheme the name of Christ.

Such people would be regarded by the majority of the professing Church as 'righteous' and 'good' because of their many religious works, but inwardly were full of evil, wicked hypocrisy and false righteousness. 

They were the double-minded people who on one hand, wanted the benefits of following Christ, yet wanted what they world could offer them.

Repent of your sins. Turn to Jesus Christ. Obey Him and His teachings.