Recently we reviewed Matthew 7 in Bible study at our local Baptist church, Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cleveland, GA. Beginning in verse 7:13, one quickly notices that a choice is present between a “strait gate” and “way” plus a “wide” gate and “broad” way. Jesus is talking about Himself when He mentions the “strait” gate because the word “strait” comes from a Greek word, “stenos,” meaning a “narrow” gate. Jesus calls Himself the “door” in John 10:7-9 and in John 14:6 “the way.”
John 10:7-9 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The way to salvation is limited to a specific person, the second person of the Trinity, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The second choice, the “wide” gate and “broad” way mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14 is very interesting because “many there be which go in thereat,”(v. 13) where as “few there be that find the “strait gate” and “narrow” way. The Broad way is “spacious” from the Greek underlying word which carries the sense of “empty” from the root word.
Many in these last days are finding their lives empty; their souls are unfulfilled, and they are searching for answers when the answer can only come from finding the narrow way and entering through the strait gate.
Here are two books in our bookstore that may help someone find answers to life: