Go in through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13,14)
“13 Go in through the narrow gate; because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it; 14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it” (Matthew 7:13,14).
Jesus Christ repeatedly showed that the way to everlasting life would not be easy to enter and follow because he told about a door accessing a narrow way to eternal life. The path leading to destruction does not have these two difficulties mentioned, the door and the narrowness of the path, it is simply wide and easy to follow, it does not require any effort.
Jesus Christ underlined the difficulty of the Christian ministry in different ways, which corresponds to this path not easy to find and to follow: “Look! I am sending you forth as sheep amidst wolves; therefore prove yourselves cautious as serpents and yet innocent as doves. Be on your guard against men; for they will deliver you up to local courts, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. Why, you will be haled before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations” (Matthew 10:16–18).
Jesus Christ showed that being a Christian in this system of things would not be easy and would require a self-sacrificing spirit: “And whoever does not accept his torture stake and follow after me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38). He showed the need to endure until the end to have the everlasting life: “But he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved” (Matthew 24:13).
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