Do you think Jesus was lying
when he said,
“You can enter God’s Kingdom
ONLY through the narrow gate.
The highway to hell is broad,
and its gate is wide
for the many who choose that way.
But the gateway to life is very narrow
and the road is difficult,
and ONLY a few ever find it.”
It seems to be a very important question
because most human beings
believe the opposite is is true.
Most people I know,
whether “Christian” or secular;
believe that everyone goes to Heaven;
unless of course,
a person has committed an unforgiveable sin,
then they believe that
God will not forgive that!
But we must consider this observation -
Either Jesus’s character is completely flawed,
and sometimes his words are true,
and sometimes they’re not,
OR it is the human heart
and the human mind that decides
what is true and what is not.
And going along the same line...
Many people believe
that since the Bible
was written by a variety of men,
then they should not
trust all the content.
do not believe
that scripture is
the inspired Word of God
which was given
as profitable for doctrine,
and for instruction
2 Timothy 3:16
The prophet Jeremiah said,
“The heart is deceitful above all things;
it is completely sick and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?”
Well, let me tell you,
I used to be a person of great pride,
who "believed in Christ"
the way I have just described.
I cherry-picked the parts of the Bible
I wanted to believe;
the parts that seemed loving and endearing -
and I tossed out the rest
as man-made doctrine,
especially the parts
that spoke about God’s wrath!
I believed that since
God so loved the world,
and sent His son to redeem us,
that every person would go to Heaven.
But then the Lord allowed me
to die to self;
and in that position, dire submission,
God treated me like his child
and provided correction.
“My child, don’t make light
of My discipline,
and don’t give up
when I correct you.
I discipline those I love,
and accept to be My children.
I provide divine discipline
to those who have legitimate spirits.
My discipline is always good,
so that you might share
in My holiness.
No discipline is enjoyable
while it is happening -
in fact, it is quite it’s painful!
But afterward there will be
a peaceful harvest of right living
and you will be trained to follow My way.”
Then the Lord encouraged me with this,
“You have come to the assembly
of God’s firstborn children,
whose names are written in heaven.
You have come to God himself,
who is the judge over all things.
You have come to the spirits
of the righteous ones in heaven
who have now been made perfect.
You have come to Jesus,
the one who mediates the new covenant
between God and people,
and to the sprinkled blood,
which speaks of forgiveness
instead of crying out for vengeance
like the blood of Abel.”
And I finally realized that
“Since I am receiving a Kingdom
that is unshakable,
I am so thankful!
My desire now is to please God
by worshiping him with holy fear and awe,
for He is a devouring fire.”
I send out this call...
Let those with ears hear the Spirit;
heirs of the Kingdom come to understand,
“God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
The true heirs of God’s heavenly Kingdom
are not the ones who think they can decide
what is considered righteous.
The true heirs to the throne
are the ones who believe that God is sovereign;
and though they don’t understand fully, they are faithful.
Jesus is an extension of God’s love.
He is the Lamb in Heaven -
the ONLY ONE
worthy to open the scrolls!
He was birthed as man by the Spirit -
He came to earth to break
the Genesis 3 curse and give us freedom.
is the Highway to Heaven,
the Way of Holiness;
and He is there for those who choose,
to trust and believe and follow Him.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it."
Jesus IS the fulfillment
of the Law and the prophets;
for they knew Him and obeyed him
before they saw Him.
He is the Word of God
and from the beginning
He was spoken!
Know this -
For it has already been declared!
“Open the gates
to all who are righteous;
allow the faithful to enter.
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord GOD is the eternal Rock.
He humbles the proud
and brings down the arrogant city.
He brings it down to the dust.
The poor and oppressed
trample it underfoot,
and the needy walk all over it.
But for those who are righteous,
the way is not steep and rough.
You are a God who does what is right,
and you smooth out the path
ahead of them.
Lord, we show our trust
in you by obeying your laws;
our heart’s desire
is to glorify your name.
For only when you come
to judge the earth
will people learn what is right.
Your kindness to the wicked
does not make them do good.
Although others do right,
the wicked keep doing wrong
and take no notice
of the Lord’s majesty.
O Lord, they pay no attention
to your upraised fist.
Show them your eagerness
to defend your people.
Then they will be ashamed.
Let your fire consume your enemies.
Lord, you will grant us peace;
all we have accomplished
is really from you.
O Lord our God,
others have ruled us,
but you alone are the one we worship.”