The Sermon on the Mount 20
1. Throughout His sermon Jesus revealed His will on numerous subjects.
2. According to Matthew 7:13-14, our eternal destiny is determined by our response to the Lord's will.
I. THE LORD WANTS US TO ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE
A. "Enter" implies effort on our part.
1. The strait gate cannot be entered by accident -- it requires conscious, deliberate effort.
2. (Luke 13:24) Jesus said that we must "strive" to enter it.
B. The "strait" gate is narrow and fixed [like a narrow gorge hemmed in between rocks].
1. Limitations indicate that a person must pay the price to go through this gate.
a. (Matthew 5:29-30) Certain things must be given up.
b. (Matthew 16:24) Self must be denied, and crosses must be carried.
2. Paying the price to enter the strait gate is worthwhile because it leads to eternal life.
C. To help us understand what is involved in entering the strait gate,:
1. Heaven is pictured as having 12 gates (Revelation 21:10-13).
2. Only certain ones will be allowed to enter (Revelation 21:27; 22:14).
D. There is a "wide gate," but it leads to destruction.
E. In addition to entering in at the strait gate, . . .
II. THE LORD WANTS US TO TRAVEL THE NARROW WAY
A. The "narrow" way also indicates that there are limitations.
1. (John 14:6) Jesus is "the way," and the only way to get to the Father is through Him.
2. There are not many ways -- there is only one, and that way is narrow.
B. Years earlier, Isaiah prophesied about "the way of holiness" (Isaiah 35:8-10).
1. There would be no unclean people on this way of holiness.
2. Only the redeemed and the ransomed would travel this way to Zion.
3. In Zion, those who traveled this way would be blessed.
C. There is a "broad way," but it leads to destruction.
D. The Lord wants us to enter in at the strait gate, and He wants us to travel the narrow way; however, . . .
III. ONLY A FEW WILL FOLLOW THE LORD'S INSTRUCTIONS
A. "Many" will go to destruction, whereas "few" will find life.
B. To illustrate, out of all the people living on the earth at the time of the flood, only 8 were saved in the
ark (Genesis 7:13).
C. Why? Only 8 precious souls were willing to enter in at the strait gate and travel the narrow way.
1. Everyone will appear before Christ in judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10).
2. Where we spend eternity will be determined by which gate we entered and which way we traveled.
3. A wise word of advice is given in Proverbs 4:26: "Ponder the path of thy feet."