The Narrow Door

Posted: January 31, 2016 in TLCC
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In our world today, people are more concerned about being polite, in the idea of tolerance, to a point that we forget that we are called to be salt and light. We are more concerned with keeping the peace, of playing it safe, and we don’t want to risk things anymore because we don’t want to offend. In Luke 13:22-30, someone approached Jesus and asked Him if only a few will be saved. The question is really familiar. Some people are more concerned with the number of people being saved.

And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?”

It is really close to saying, “will my classmates be in heaven?” or “Lord, will my church mates be there?” or “Is my family going to be included in your plan of salvation?”

Jesus replies and we will learn from what He said.

“Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

In short, instead of asking if my friends or my family will be in heaven, ask yourself if you are going into the kingdom. Be concerned with your own soul! Be concerned if you have a relationship with Him!

#1 Jesus says this door is present. There is a door. 

Atheism says, “there is no door.”

001 atheism

My Logic professor once told the class, heaven and hell is a state of mind. God does not exist. While some films creep into our minds in a subtle way. Some actors who are practicing atheism would be…

I’m an atheist. But I am very relaxed about it. – Daniel Radcliffe

I don’t believe in God. I have this idea that if there were a God, or destiny of some kind looking down on us, that if he saw you taking anything for granted, he’d take it away. – Hugh Laurie

Deism says, “there is a door, but it is far away, and you’re on your own.”

002 deism

God is like a clockmaker and the universe is like a clock. He made the universe and let it run on its own. The song, “from a distance” says it. God is watching us, from a distance! God exist, but he isn’t really involved anymore in our day to day affairs.

Pantheism says, “there is a door. Every door you see is a door of salvation.”

003 pantheism

All religions will bring you to God. Buddha is god. Allah is god. Jesus is God. Whatever faith you believed in will bring you to god. Eventually, everyone will be saved. We just have to love and respect every faith that there is. We can all agree and live in harmony. Anyway, whatever you believe in will get you saved.

Panentheism says, “there is a door, now let the force guide you toward the right door.”

004 panentheism

There is a balance between good and evil. There is a force that would guide you in choosing but at the end of the day, it is your choice to go into the door. God is not a person but an energy. Inhale it, exhale it. Use it to balance things out in your life. Yoga, meditation, star wars.

Theism says, “you are the door.”

005 theism

Theism agrees that there is a God but that you have to work your way out. You can be a monotheist, one god like Judaism or Islam, or polytheist, many gods like Mormonism or Hinduism, or even Greek or Roman mythology (add also Philippine Mythology), or even Roman Catholicism. Organized religion would point towards theism.

In order for God to accept you, you have to work your way out. Pray everyday, go to church, pay your tithes and call it an investment, in order to be near God, you do things. Thus the center of theism, although God is evident, is really “me, me, me!” If you do good works, if you do well, you get saved. You are the door!

Christianity says, “Jesus is the door.”

006 christianity

In John 10:9, Jesus himself said that He is the door. Anyone who enters through Him will be saved. This is something we need to ponder on. That narrow door we are talking about is Christ. His death on the cross is a finished work. No need to do good works for salvation, but rather, we do good works because it glorifies God!

#2 Jesus says this door is exclusive.

“Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

Many wants to enter this door. A lot of people want to get salvation. who doesn’t? However, not all will be saved. Not all will be able to go to heaven. Why? Jesus is saying, instead of focusing on who goes in and who does not, ask yourself, “am I included in this kingdom?”

#3 Jesus is saying this door is closing.

When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’

There is a time given to accept our situation as sinners and believe in the Lordship of Christ. There is going to be a day when accepting Christ as Lord is no longer a valid option.

#4 Jesus is saying this door separates heaven and hell.

Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’

But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’

In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.

And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.

And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Heaven and Hell exist. It is not a state of mind. We can either be under the Lordship of Christ, and get serious with our relationship with Him, or suffer for eternity. There is no time to procrastinate. It’s a choice we have today.

Jesus is the narrow door. There is no other way. Are you in a relationship with Him? If you are, He will be seen in your life. If not, you still have the chance. Don’t procrastinate. It is weird when people say…

Why are you a fanatic of Jesus?

It is even more strange because why not? To trade this life for what is up ahead, it is indeed crazy why we don’t take Him seriously.

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