The Narrow Gate: Matthew 7:13-14
““13) Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14) For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭13‬-‭14‬ ‭
Over the years I’ve heard it many time; “All roads lead to God.” After years of studying the Bible, I am compelled to concede this point. However, I need to qualify my answer. The broad way leads before Him as eternal judge. The narrow way leads before Him as Saviour and Lord. The broad gate leads to eternal destruction, the narrow gate leads to eternal life.
When I fly internationally, this point is often illustrated for me when I clear immigrations or customs. There are often signs that form very distinct but different lines. One area says “Citizens Only.” The other signs read “non-citizens” or “all others.”
In this text, Jesus is painting a very similar picture. When people pass through the doors of death there will be two very different lines that form. A small line will form in front of a very small gate. Above that gate the sign will read; “Born-again Christians.” It will lead into a reception hall. The second line will be very broad and packed with masses of people. Above that gate the sign will read; “all others.” It will lead into a judgement hall.
In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus was warning people to enter through the narrow gate. It leads to eternal life. Acts 4:12 says it this way, “12) And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”
In John 14:6; Jesus answered Thomas and said; “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, but through me.” Jesus Christ is the only Savior of mankind.
Compare this with other important Scriptures. Take a moment and read John 3:1-21. Then turn and study 1 Timothy 2:1-7. If you doubt Jesus is the only gateway into heaven, study the book of Romans and the book of Hebrews. For that matter, set aside a few months and read through the entire New Testament.
Do diligence with your study. Jesus warned people to enter through the narrow gate. The Gate of Jesus Christ might be narrow, but it is not obscure.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global