The Narrow Gate and The Narrow Way

The Narrow Gate and The Narrow Way
Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
There are no limits to the varieties of choices one can make leading to destruction. The devil offers many ways to destruction, and the world proposes many ways to heaven, but Jesus said there is only one entrance and only one path that leads to life and salvation. When we come to the Lord, it is as if we are coming to Him through the pattern of the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle of Moses stood separate from the world around it. The walls around the Tabernacle were white linen curtains. For those outside, these walls represented a barrier between them and God. For those on the inside it represented holiness and separation from the world. There were three entrances in the Tabernacle. The first was called the "Gate". This gate provided entrance into the courtyard surrounding the Tabernacle. It was a curtain supported by four bronze pillars set in bronze sockets. Bronze represents judgment. These pillars may represent Confession, Repentance, Faith, and Obedience. It was here that the priest would sit to judge the people and insure that nothing or no one unclean entered except those who came with a sacrifice for their sins. This was also called "The Way" for it was the only way into the outer court of the Tabernacle from the outside. Jesus is The Way (John 14:6). The second entrance was the entrance into the Tabernacle itself. It was called the "Door of the Tabernacle". It was a curtain supported by five golden pillars set in bronze sockets. Gold represents divinity while setting in bronze representing judgment. The Door was also known as "The Truth". Jesus is The Truth (John 14:6). As we come to the Door, we must receive Jesus as our only Source of Truth as we judge all other so-called "truth" as inferior and defiled. The five pillars represent Jesus as our Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher in the Truth. As we submit to Him as The Truth, we may enter beyond the curtain into the Holy Place. The third entrance is called the Veil. It was a thick curtain of flesh made from animal skins. It separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant and God's Presence dwelt. Only the High Priest could go beyond this veil once a year on the Day of Atonement. This veil is also called "The Life". Jesus is "The Life." The Veil represented the entrance into the very Presence and Glory of God who is our Life. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) In other words, Jesus is the Gate, the Door, and the Veil. He is also our High Priest. The only way to the Father is through Jesus. And this all begins with the Gate. Jesus is the narrow Gate. The world is broad and full of other options. But they do not lead to the Father. Only Jesus can bring us to the Father. As we enter the narrow gate, we leave this world behind. We enter into a new and living way. The Christian life does not only involve a narrow gate but also a narrow way. The narrow way is the way of holiness which is represented by being within the walls of the outer court. (see Hebrews 12:14) It was possible for people on the outside to see and experience the blessings of God's Presence and Glory in the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night while never entering the narrow gate or walking in the narrow way. (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-5) Let's not be satisfied living on the outside. Enter through the narrow Gate of Jesus Christ and walk on the narrow path that leads to life in the presence of the Father.
Hebrews 10:19-25 (NKJV) "Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."