‘Enter by the narrow gate since the road that leads to perdition is wide and spacious, and many take it; But it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13,14)
I have had many discussions on the subject of salvation, one thing puzzles me, the number of people who believe they have found, and entered, the narrow gate. When asked, most will agree that all of Christianity has found the “narrow way” and are now waiting for the return of Christ.
Correct information is vital for anyone who hopes to find the narrow gate. Keep in mind that this world is enveloped in a spiritual darkness, so it is essential to find the spiritual light. Feeling your way around in the darkness is futile, it is impossible to actually touch objects in the spiritual realm while living in the physical realm. Information which describes how this narrow gate is found in the spiritual realm is based in the words of truth spoken by the Son of God; so first a decision must be made, which words are His and which are not. Many believe that the Bible is the true word of God, that every word in the Bible was spoken directly to those who wrote them down. What they refuse to see are the facts in this matter. The Bible contains the words of God, but it is not the word of God from cover to cover. Many will refuse to acknowledge this. They presume upon God to reward their great faith in His “holy word”. The Law and Prophets (Old Testament) are the words of God. God spoke to Moses at Mt.Sinai, giving him the Law (first five books). I am sure from time to time that scribes updated information, such as place names and keeping the grammatical structure current. One would think that God would take great care to insure that His spoken word was not changed by the scribes, who make copies of these texts through the years.
“How dare you say: We are wise and we possess the Law of God? But look how it has been falsified by the lying pen of the scribes! (Jeremiah 8:8)
The above text states that God is angry with the scribes who have had the audacity to change His words in the Law. So here is the question; how does one prove the belief that God has protected the Bible from errors, or even outright lies, if He Himself is angry about how His words have been changed in the Law? God did not give us the Bible; it is a compilation, which has been canonized by man. God did not give the first “Bible” to His disciples. He gave them His testimony, His own words, and then commissioned them to go and proclaim His words to the world (see Matthew 28:19-21). It is only by these words that we are able to find the small gate, and see the narrow way.
At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So He called a little child to Him and set the child in front of them. Then He said, ‘ I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:1-4)
At that time Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth for hiding these things from the learned and the cleaver and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. (Matthew 11:25-27)
These wide and narrow roads do not exist in the physical realm; you could spend your life searching the earth for the narrow gate, and you would never find it, because it only exists in the spiritual realm. The narrow gate and the wide way are a spiritual reality. The only way we may interact in the spiritual realm is through our consciousness-awareness. As we dwell and interact in the physical realm with our physical body, so to do we dwell and interact in the spiritual realm with our mind; this is why it is so important that our mind is in harmony with God, who dwells in the spiritual realm. The evil one has mastered (overcome, deceived) the whole world by manipulating the truth in the spiritual realm, then crossing this reality over into the physical realm. He maintains this carefully crafted realism through his agents. These agents are very important to maintaining this reality, for if at any time their cover is blown, the whole spurious reality would be in danger of being exposed for the sham that it is. The great deceiver has mastered the art of distorting the truth; he does this by using the truth to his advantage. For instance, consider all the similarities in the various religious practices, similarities in “holy books”, and religious “scripture”. These similarities make the truth of none effect. How does one differentiate that which is truth from that which is a lie, when these spiritual writings are so similar in their paradigms? The great deceiver uses mediums, prophets/seers, messengers, pastors, religious academics, evangelists, teachers, and anyone he chooses to affect and maintain his fraud on humankind; and most of those he uses have no idea they are being used by him. The evil one has deceived the whole world (Isa. 14:12-17). He has done so by keeping the world in darkness, so they are unable to see their perilous condition. The whole world (including the Christian world) is on the wide road, and in the end will arrive at their chosen destination, eternal death. This is not where God wants His people to end. Therefore He sent His Son into the darkness of the wide road, to tell those on this road (who dwell in darkness) how to find the narrow gate – and follow the hard road that leads to the kingdom of God and eternal life. The road is hard because the world hates those who expose this deception, and the sham of their reality. Those who find the narrow gate and complete the hard road will bring about the end of the world. Those who remain on the wide road will finally reach their destination. The Son of God not only gave us the instructions on finding the narrow gate and following the hard road, He demonstrated what we must do to accomplish this, by doing it himself; therefore, what we must do is follow Him by example.
‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. (Revelation 3:21)
The message to the assembly in Laodicea is timely and pertinent, and it is happening right now and will soon see fulfillment. The Son of God promises a great reward to those who follow His example, who overcome in the same way He overcame. These people will be granted the same reward He received. Those who complete all the requirements for righteousness, as demonstrated by their older Brother, will sit on the throne of God beside Him!
To transition from the wide road to the narrow gate requires all to become as a little child; not physically, but spiritually. All who wish to enter by the narrow gate must confess their sin; that is, everything concerning their religious beliefs and practices, because it is this that has kept them on the wide road. How will you find the narrow gate (remember this is spiritual not physical in nature)?
Jesus replied: I tell you most solemnly, unless a man is born through water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God; what is born of the flesh is flesh; what is born of the Spirit is spirit, Do not be surprised when I say: You must be born from above. The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.’ (John 3:5-8)
Jesus was teaching Nicodemus how to find the narrow gate; a person must be born from above. That which is born from below is physical, tangible, and it fades away. That which is born from above is spiritual; its substance is knowledge, which lasts forever. The only way to enter this realm is through your mind. Become as a little child, spiritually – then learn from your spiritual Mother, Father, and Brother, just as you would from your physical family.
All who wish to enter the kingdom of God must change their present condition. It does not matter what or how you believe about your spiritual reality right now; you must completely cast it off if you wish to find the narrow gate. Sanctify your mind with the words of the testimony of the Son of God, and when your mind is sanctified your whole body with be clothed with righteousness. If you clean the inside, the outside will become clean also; when the mind is sanctified, so too the heart.
So Jesus spoke to them again; I tell you most solemnly, I am the gate of the sheepfold. All others who have come are thieves and brigands; but the sheep took no notice of them. I am the gate. Anyone who enters through Me will be safe; he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture.
We are not what we see when we look in the mirror. What we see is a reflection of our physical self, our body. Who we really are is found inside, and is a manifestation of our consciousness-awareness. Consciousness-awareness is our awareness of our existence in this life-reality. On the sixth day of creation God made physical bodies of the people of the earth, in THEIR image and after THEIR likeness. However, these bodies were unable to think, move, and interact, until God started the physiological processes that sustain and maintain life and consciousness. That which began these physiological processes is described as the ‘breath-of-life’ from God. When God “breathed” the breath-of-life into the bodies of earthly human-kind, they became conscious and aware of their surroundings, and of themselves. They were then able to use their bodies to interact with their surroundings, and with their fellow human beings. God did not program their minds with the knowledge they would need to live with and interact with the other human beings; nor, were they programmed with the knowledge they needed to sustain themselves on this world. God sent them teachers/shepherds/watchers (as they have been variously known as) with the purpose of teaching human-kind all of the information and knowledge they would need to live on this earth. With the information obtained from these heavenly beings, human-kind would be able to grow crops, build cities, travel to other areas, use math, algebra, and physics, to learn about their world and the universe in which they lived. These teachers allowed their high standing among human-kind to affect their thoughts, ultimately devising a plan to take control of this world for themselves; they made themselves the gods whom the people of earth eventually came to worship. This was the pavement that began the wide road to destruction. This is the why there is evidence of “ancient aliens” in the ancient past. The story goes that these heavenly beings came down to the earth to save their own planet from certain destruction, and for this they needed gold, and they found it here. So the lie started and has been growing and expanding ever since. The only way to put an end to this lie is for human-kind to wake-up and learn from the only true God. The only way they can do this by studying the truth that the True God has given through His prophets and messengers. The Law and prophets is confirmed and patented through the testimony of Jesus; therefore, those who enter the narrow gate do so by learning the testimony of Jesus. Those who are born of the Spirit of Truth have these two qualities: they keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 12:17).
It is now your decision, whether to remain as you are or become as little children. The only way to find the narrow gate and take the hard way is to completely change your current spiritual condition and be born from above.