When someone asked Jesus if there would be many who are saved He did not answer the question directly, but said: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.” Luke 13:24. From this we understand that those who are saved are the ones who have entered through the narrow gate. What then is this narrow gate? We can read this in Luke 14:26-33. Simply put, it is to give up everything of this world and to hate my own life in this world (see also John 12:25).
False prophets and the wide gate
Jesus also speaks about this narrow gate in Matthew 7:13-14. There He speaks of two gates and two ways: The narrow gate and the difficult way that leads to life, and the wide gate and broad way that leads to destruction. Many believe the broad way to be the world and those who walk upon it to be unbelievers. But it is clear that Jesus is addressing people who are seeking to enter the kingdom of Heaven: “Enter by the narrow gate,” He says. And in Matthew 7:15 He warns us to beware of false prophets.
Be saved by entering the narrow gate
I must strive to enter the narrow gate, because according to my nature I would like to preserve my life in this world and still be a Christian. I must strive to keep Jesus’ commandments, because that will bring me to a true acknowledgement of how corrupt my life is, so I begin to hate it.
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