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Two Ways, Two Trees, Two Destinations

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Two Ways, Two Trees, Two Destinations

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July 13, 2020 10:37 am

Dr. John H. Munro July 12, 2020 Matthew 7:13-23

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Once we come to the conclusion of the sermon on the minds of the Tolan abruptly changes sermon on the mind is contained in Matthew five, six and seven and today is next week were coming to the final verses of what we call the settlement on the mind that we must understand then the we will understandably listen to this passage that the sermon on the mind is more than ethical instruction.

It certainly is that.

But it is much, much more in the Gospel of Matthew, Matthew, as we have seen is presenting Jesus as the King is going to take off your masks your current some of you have done that. Thank you Jesus as presented by Matthew as the King.

He has King Jesus and Isaac came King Jesus.

He calls us to repentance. He calls us to believe in the gospel. He calls us to follow him on the life of total commitment and no as our Lord comes to the end of this spectacular message he is making a compelling call, a call for decision gas. A call for you to decide is on the final verses of the sermon on the Mount very pointed a very compelling and very convicting and he sadly must not be ignored because make no mistake about it, a choice must be made and is read the verses this morning and that you're talking to them in your Bible. Matthew seven verses 13 through 23.

Note that that are two ways to trees and to destinations as I'm reading them.

Apply them to yourself please not to anyone else but to yourself because Jesus is speaking to you and to me this morning.

Matthew seven then verse 13 enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who are inserted by our many for the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.

Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles. So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the disease tree bears bad fruit. Healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can the disease tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit. Fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, you will recognize them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven. But the one who does the will of my father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name.

I do many mighty works in your name and then I will declare to them, I never knew you the path for me. You workers of lawlessness and surprise you that these words are in the sermon on the Mount, what is our Lord Jesus saying what am I saying this morning is something very very important that all of the Christian community are not authentic followers of Jesus, but maybe that all who are part of the Christian community.

People are going to church people who would say that they are Christians are not all authentic followers of Jesus and Jesus here faces us with crucial choices over one face says there are many diverse paths leading to God. That's what people want to believe picture on path.

There are many paths leading to God. But Jesus is saying directly the opposite is saying that is only one way, one path so let me give you the overview of the verses with riot in this we go through the blood of the note the differences between the narrow way and the easy way on the narrow way that a few on the white way that many on the narrow way that is entrance into the kingdom on the wide way that his exclusion from the kingdom, but not always a way of blessing. The wide way is a way of ruin not always the way of the saved the white way is the way of the lost but is a right way and the wrong way that is good fruits and bind fruits.

There is possession of eternal life. On the narrow way on the wide Broadway that his profession of faith in Jesus. The narrow way leads to eternal life. The broad road leads to destruction.

The narrow way leads to heaven itself. The white way leads to hell. Sure, some of the listeners to Jesus must be shocked.

I think some of us may be shocked this morning. This is authentic, radical New Testament Christianity know there's something very very important. There is no middle way that is no middle ground that is not 1/3 choice.

Too many people think they can love Jesus and love their own sinful desires. They can love Jesus and love the world, but we already read in the sermon on the Magda Jesus said you cannot serve two masters.

You can do that for celebrating the solemn reality.

Every single one of us today is either in the kingdom of heaven are you are not there is no other way.

You're either heading for eternal life today. Are you heading for eternal destruction, you heading for heaven are for hell, which is throwing Scripture. The prophets, the apostles Lord himself presents people with those charts listen to Moses, for example in Deuteronomy 30 verse 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that are set before you life and that blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, notice the choice of life that blessing, cursing unit is from Joshua.

Perhaps in the better-known words of Joshua and Joshua 24 15. The size and he's talking to Israel.

He said choose you this day whom you will serve make up your mind. Choose to use our says Joshua, as for me and my house were going to serve the Lord. I don't know about your new segment. As for us would serve the Lord, but you need to make a choice. Elijah first Kings 18 verse 21 says, how long will you go limping between two different opinions if the Lord is God, follow him, but that by all the false gods then follow Elijah the prophet is segmented. Make up your minds. You keep going back and forward between two opinions.

If the Lord is the true God love and serve him.

But if the false gods well follow them but makeup. Your mind is this what Jesus is doing is calling for the decision ask you what have you not yet decided to follow Jesus. Some of you will not get done. You see, all in the Christian community are not authentic followers of Jesus. Isn't this what Jesus is saying he's preaching you remember primarily to his disciples, although I'm sure this will see next week and a larger crowd had gathered, but to remind you, not all of the 12 where authentic followers of Jesus, there was a return there was a traitor. Jesus himself thought that 12 of the inner circle one is eternally lost. But think of the two ways. Then in verses 13 and 14 entered by the narrow gate.

For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. One way is easy and the other way is hard notice of choice. There are two gates, one narrow, one white, one that is broad, that is easy together is not a letter also to cards. There are many people on the easier ought not surprising way. But if you enter the narrow gauge is a set so Jesus is making a call you've had this teaching now is time to respond to this guy and say well that's very nice.

Jesus is a very nice teacher. It would be very wonderful of all of us followed his teaching know that's not the point Jesus is saying you enter by the narrow gate.

Don't just admire it. Don't just say one day I plan to enter the gate. Jesus is saying no answer. The narrow gates.

This is the way of humility. Jesus began the sermon on the munch. Remember in chapter 5 and sing blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Those who are poor in spirit.

Those who are mourning over their sins. Those who realize that apart from Jesus Christ.

There eternally lost.

These are the ones who enter by the narrow gate. This is the gate of humility. The gate of repentance yes is the way of grace.

It's a way of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the only way of salvation by the other gate. It's very wide and like no effort at all is required to enter it, you simply drift drift into it is below go with the flow.

Here follow the cry does whatever it is drawing you just go along.

You enjoy the company of those who out on the day wide roads great fun. There leads to destruction is what Jesus is saying the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction your life that that means you face a choice, a Charlies, which not only impacts your time on earth whether choice which determines your eternal destination. And Jesus is saying something that we need to hear particularly known culture. Yes, there is only one way to eternal life.

You said that's a narrowminded Jesus says enter by the narrow gate not remember who is speaking. Matthew has presented you. Jesus is given us his genealogy is reminded us of his virgin birth. This is no man prophet. This is no mere teacher. This is God incarnate. This is Emmanuelle God with us, and God himself is say enter by the narrow gate. There's a right way and the wrong way. Gates two ways to cards. The Broadway's essays buddies is very accommodating of all views you can believe what you like. Very nice again only believe what you like you can live as you like.

Tell you what to do on this easy way on this way. People are tolerant of everything apart from truth leads to destruction does not wake you up does not get your attention.

Proverb says Robert 16 verse 25 there's a way that seems right to a man that's a wide way.

That's the Broadway.

That is the way of your choosing and that is just the way that you feel which is in accordance with your own prejudices and desires your on that wasted very wonderful, but the proverb says the problem with that way is your way it ends and then there's a way that seems seems seems right to this end is the way she was only one way which leads to eternal life. That is, of course, is totally opposed our culture.

What we hear to what we read with the media with a culture with our educational system. Our culture really says it doesn't matter what you believe you determine your own truth. Whatever this man go with it. That to me all seems a particularly silly idea.

Do you really think that because you want to believe something, and because it should share in accordance with your own desires her own prejudices the way you want to think that you can sure is that. And therefore it means its rights protagonists the fourth century BC that the Sophocles whatever a person believes is right that your truth I've got mine.

I'm excited about Jesus you're excited about whatever whatever you believe is right and Sophocles replies in that case, my dear protagonists, I believe you're wrong. You can't have it both ways shows the absurdity of saying that is no truth. Certainly, Jesus doesn't believe that Jesus is setting out truth.

The revelation from God that Jesus comes into our world.

He is the truth. He never lies. This is God. Enter by the narrow gate to follow Jesus is not a matter of personal preferences, but just because you prevent a certain lifestyle is our only case I would choose something else, but it does mean that everyone single one of us in the sanctuary. Every single one of you listening by lifestream is either right now on the narrow roads are your on the broad road ice repeats.

There is no other options. There is no third path you can sit this one out.

You can say well there's much to be said on both sides. I understand this, and I understand that Jesus is saying no enter by the narrow gate. Today I'm saying to you.

Enter by the narrow gate wasn't picking Jesus already quoted from John 10 verse nine. What does Jesus say I the door by me. If anyone enters and he shall be saved together one door who is away. Jesus. John 14 verse six, Jesus says I am the way, when Tommy says can we know the way Jesus says I the way I'm the truth and the life. No one comes the father apart from me. He is the daughter to heaven is the way and the only way you think you can compete with Jesus you think you could be killed and erased from the debt you think you can ascend to the right hand of God and be seated others) absolutely not.

Do you really think that you have your wisdom, your choices, your education, your lifestyle you really think that you can get to have in your own way how foolish I totally foolish listen to Jesus. Enter by the narrow gate. Two ways, but there are two trees verses 15 through 20.

Beware of false prophets very very striking that right after Jesus says there's only one way, he says, beware of false prophets because that truth is rejected by many including amending so-called churches beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

You'll recognize them by their fruits. Yes sir, Jesus. But are these two trees both bearing fruit, but one bears good fruit on one bears by fruit and he describes these false prophets.

These false teachers as ravenous wolves. Verse 50.

Now you know a tree by its fruit. Here is an apple tree you can put a label on that tree orange tree but whatever you call it is an apple tree that bears apples. That's the point of the tree which bears bad fruit is about three you can call it a good trait and call it anything you like. But the proof of the pudding is in the evening.

That's a bad apple, healthy trees. Jesus says very good fruit disease. Trees bear bad fruit if a tree is disease if it bears bad fruit.

What the what happens to its verse 19 every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Jesus is very serious errors in the that you recognize them by their fruits you others bad tree unit within cut down and thrown into the fire. The necessary day.

There were many shepherds and that would that Shepherd keep warm in the winter time by sheepskins.

The words killed some of the shape and he Shepherd would put on sheepskins.

Some of us where sheepskins perhaps not as rough and ready, as in the first century, but get the picture. And yet as a man with a sheepskin and you say he's a shepherds Shepherd is known by the fact that he is wearing sheep's clothing, but Jesus I know, be careful, be very careful here because there are people who look like shepherds there wearing sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

The very opposite of a shepherd Shepherd protects the flock ravenous wolves comes to destroy the flock.

False prophets. Teachers throw the Bible including the Old Testament there are warnings after warnings against false shepherds, false prophets, false teachers should wolves in sheep's clothing. It is in Jeremiah 5. If you can find that in your Bible. Jeremiah chapter 5, verse 30.

Here is the prophet Jeremiah speaking to Judah, who are departing from God. Jeremiah 5 verse 30. He says an appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land. What is this that the prophet is calling horrible and appalling. The profits he says prophesy falsely and the priests rule at their discretion.

That is the problem is in the breeze on hand in hand, giving false teaching. The priest you should know the law of God, don't do so have compromise themselves and that they have forsaken the law of the Lord suddenly given worse. Jeremiah says voice of my people love to have it so but what we do and then comes the people love this false teaching is wonderful. Jeremiah is saying, God says that judgment is coming on you because of your sin and the preface is absolutely no space space was that guys a benefit fanatic where we are strong we can deal with Babylon and ignore the voice of God. Jeremiah 23 again. Verse 28 let the prophet who has a dream until the dream or some concept of this dream got what woke me up last night you gave me this word a minute share it with you bothered by the Bible. I tell you what God told me I had this dream last night really tell you surmising had be careful with the prophet who was a dream tell the dream but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully but nasty joint here, but my dreams are doing here from this book, I could concoct anything I want to manipulate you to claim to be the voice of God is a God woke me up and gave me this dream and I love and appreciate you sharing my dream around is good to share my views, but in the church is time to leave and come to hear you guys dream how do I know that from God. Perhaps he ate too much cheese last night's baptism problem. Perhaps meat is manipulated. Perhaps it's the voice of Satan buses Jeremiah no let him who has my word speak my word faithfully.

Verse 29 is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, on like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. Therefore the Lord says I'm against the prophets, declares the Lord who steal my words from one another. Bold. I'm against the prophets, declares the Lord, who use their tongues and declared declares the Lord is using the Lord's name bold.

I'm against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, who tell them and lead my people astray by the lies and the recklessness when I did not send them or charge them so they do not profit his people tall, declares the Lord. That's in Jeremiah 23 verses 28 through 32. In the New Testament other than warnings against false teachers.

Well, here it is in the sermon on the minds from the mic about Lord Jesus here in Matthew chapter 7 beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Follow for example speaks to the Ephesian elders in acts chapter 28, acts 20 verse 26, the apostle says I testify to you this day that I'm innocent of the blood of all that I did not shrink from declaring to you what to say. The whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourself and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit is made you overseers speaking to elders to care for the Church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves wolves same order. Jesus uses the sudden on the mind here that are described as fierce, cruel, ravenous, though common among your among among the church, not sparing the flock and from among your own selves that is within the Christian community so-called lowrise man speaking twisted things, to draw the disciples after them. Acts chapter 20 warnings against false prophets from time to time some of you who listen to me or not happy. Someone says well you criticize people who believe false doctrine. False teachers yes.

I don't enjoy doing that, but it is very very necessary as part of being a faithful Shepherd. I realize tolerance, sentimentality, storytelling, inspirational applied teachers in high up and takes the techniques for having a comfortable life in the steady diet of many pulpits. We stand for truth is what Jesus is saying the truth of the word of God.

The flock this flock in Calgary must be protected from ravenous wolves to say John Hilliard overreacting on the struggle Scripture, Bridger Bible, Old Testament, New Testament, ravenous wolves, politics, arts exhorts to innovate in second Timothy four was a Satan to buffet you preach the word in season, and of season goes on to say in second Timothy four, though, time when preachers will accumulate for themselves. People will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. Jeremiah says was all this falls teaching going on in my people love it love. That's why our commitment to Calvary is to preach the word of God declared the whole counsel of God. We stand for truth we speak against outer. The true shepherd doesn't tailor his message to serve the cultural appetites of those who are on the broad road leading to destruction is what some churches there with the people out there once. Let's give it to them is the very opposite of what Jesus is saying that's false prophets become the look very good building very slick that got the right close, but inwardly says Jesus there ravenous wolves to the problem is the false teacher Jesus saying his disguise. He doesn't come and say Mr. false teacher Mrs. false prophet. No, they look like shepherds for the ruggedness rules wasn't there.

How Paul describes that in second Corinthians 11 verse 13 he talks about he's at such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. That's it. They put on their sheep's clothing. They disguise themselves as apostles, second Corinthians 11 verse 14, no and no wonder.

Don't be surprised. For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Your picture Satan folktale horns, masculine individuals that you picture them while he's an ass the individual. Of course, but he can present himself as an angel of light, so it's no surprise as Paul if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness there and will correspond to their needs, they disguise themselves. Jesus is warning us these ravenous wolves don't like ravenous wolves.

What you are doing other verse 20 to recognize them by their fruits or the producing and proclaiming the gospel of the grace of God to believe what Jesus is saying in the side with a note on the mud to the believe that there's only one way, one truth, one life. No one comes to the father apart from me examine the teaching. But just because it's a bestseller. People say to you the latest book of you using this session, such as someone hit or two ago told you to read this this this guy's a prophet, and he believes that side of asserted is the antichrist, and you need to read this book done. I said no I am not going to read your book and by the way, have you read Revelation, the last book of the Bible is not too familiar with it. I said why don't you read that because some guy who sells a book and claims to be a prophet or claims to be making money. I don't his special secret little interpretations that are so far-fetched, but deceive many. Paul very interesting way in the Scripture read from acts chapter 20 say that these false teachers to draw away people to themselves. Another clue by the false teacher that disguised their deceitful and the dangerous beware of the individual who draws people after themselves. They want to be some little good or they've got some special insight there different from the rest. Just follow me I will give you a special teachers were doing the deeper truths are not like these people come and listen to me always a dangerous sent true servant of God punish people not to himself, not to herself but points people to the Lord Jesus, what's a result of these false teachers. These ravenous wolves. They tear the flock.

They divided the flock. They confuse the flock are the lead people in rebellion against God. They leadership in the church. What does Paul say they can convince for verse five, he said no we don't proclaim ourselves as the apostle is pretty impressive is the day the apostle Paul, master teacher, theologian, evangelist, missionary salesman, dramatic convention, the apostle to the Gentiles of anyone was going to exult promote himself and be the apostle Paul says no, no, he says we don't proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus sake. That's the mark of the true shepherd.

That's the mark of the true teacher not drawing people to himself by pointing people to the Lord Jesus and say listen, I'm simply a servant. I am your servant, for Christ sake to raise two trees finally to destinations verses 21 through 23 limited them again. Not everyone who says underlying says I've undermined in my Bible. Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven. But the one who does the will of my father is in heaven.

On that day many will say to me Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name and do many mighty works in your name. Then I'll declare to them, I never knew you depart from me, you workers of lawlessness is almost frightening to read the defendant the day of judgment, some enter the kingdom of heaven is somewhat explicit using NRO elites the life Jesus as the broad road leads to destruction.

Yes I Calvary church believe in heaven, but we also believe in hell, and all in the Christian community are not authentic followers of Jesus on that day of judgments.

Just because someone says Lord Lord doesn't mean that they enter the kingdom. There's a girl. The Jesus describes who are protesting under saying the right thing, Lord, Lord, notice that they claim to have that done everything in the name of the Lord three times they say in your name and your name.

Then we prophesy in your name. Then we cast out demons in your name we do mighty words in your name.

Notice all of its very sensational, very spectacular and he did it all in the name of Jesus there pointing to the religious activities but the Jesus I never knew there is no true relationship with the Lord Jesus, and Jesus says I didn't know you in the sense I didn't know you and I don't know your as my true followers. Stop and think about what Jesus is saying that is sure which difference I should go can I say an eternal difference between professing the name of the Lord Jesus and possessing eternal life.

The fact that you say I'm a believer in Jesus. The fact that you say I have eternal life doesn't mean that you are a true follower of Jesus shall end on the spectacular things, almost amazing to get these what I regard as false teachers. They can fill stadiums country advertises all the sensational communities tremendous feelings about these wonderful messages from the Lord.

And that is going to be absolutely exciting and spectacular and thousands and thousands go to hear the Jesus is no, but I never knew you do it is possible to come to Calvary church is possible even to teach Sunday school.

It's possible that you sing in the choir. It's possible that you feed the homeless. Yes it's possible that you could be a pastor of Calvary church and so will not be safe.

Do you think because you come to Calvary church.

Do you think because you remember Calvary church that that is going to guarantee you get into heaven and you say Lord Lord will let me let me tell you all that I did. Why is that you think you can say you're a follower of Jesus Christ and then live as you like. Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my father who is in heaven. Similar passage of the end of the sermon among them looks like I look says it looks expect verse 46.

Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do. I tell you what does it mean to say that Jesus is Lord.

He's a commander-in-chief is the highest authority is God.

How can you say Lord, Lord, and then leave the sanctuary and go and live your own life just will not know the one who does the will of my father who is was the authentic Mark of the follower of Jesus's trust in Christ and the bidding Christ doing the will of your father is a jump I thought were not saved by what I thought were not saved by what we do, that is correct, that's correct were saved by grace alone. How many times have I said that from this pulpit couple years ago. We preach through the book of Romans over and over again we learn that were saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Yes that is true we are saved and timely 100% by the grace of God but is applied.

Those who have entered the narrow gate uncharacterized by doing the will of that heavenly father you'll recognize them by their fruits. How is it that we have a cultural Christianity here in the United States. Thousands of people can I say millions of people who say that they are believers in Jesus Christ, but their lives in a total disaster, and if all of these millions and millions of people United States are true believers. Why is our society. In such a mess. Notice what Jesus says is in his words. Verse 22. I'll declare all you you tell me how things are done. Very impressive battery. Very impressive. I never knew you depart from me on this.

You workers of lawlessness those who are against the law of God. Those who don't obey God's law and those who are discipline agents union claiming our relationship with your heavenly father. But as I look at your life. You have consistently all over again. Live the life according to your own sinful desires that this is not saying Jesus not looking for perfection. All of us have sinned this followers of Jesus Christ that is true but for the true believer. The individual who is entered the narrow gauge that is a radical change of life. If anyone is in Christ is a new creation the old is gone, the new has come. How can you say you love Christ.

How can you say Lord, Lord, and continue to live your life just as you want. In fact, it is the truth be told, though you say you're a follower of Jesus Christ. We examined your life is just like the unbeliever. In fact, you live like a believer in fact you prefer to be with unbelievers is a bit of a strain of being with Christians would rather be with unbelievers and then do what you want and then using one a follower of Jesus.

I'm sorry Jesus, and you continue to live your life.

What Jesus is saying can say you love me, but if you love me so Jesus will keep my commandments.

Two ways to trace to destination just to John, this is a tough message is a tough message within the three preachers part of the Scripture. I have to ask where you on when you go in the narrow way when you broke the product.

What are you producing your life back fruits are good friends in your life which would suggest that you are following Jesus spiritual appetites of Christ love his work for love Christ when you you said and you'll be broken down and said well of course everyone sends in the way people live nowadays and that yeah I could do better and you go on to continuing your son and there's no there's no brokenness before God to destination. Life or destruction blessing will ruin heaven or hell today. Time to get real knowledge of self-righteousness and hypocrisy.

Jesus talked about your pride or morality or said whatever this Jesus calls for repentance is not part of the problem. We want Jesus when we so want to live as we like to say it doesn't work doesn't work, that's a broad drug that's a broad road of philosophy, but you can say I love Jesus and then going live as you like no you can't. You can serve two masters. Make up your mind.

Be true to yourself. That's what you want to live at least have the courage to say that's what I'm going to do. Jesus is saying he is the only way of salvation. Listen to the last verse of John three John 316.

Listen to John 336 whoever believes in the son of you believed in Christ whoever believes in the son has eternal life is entering by the narrow gate.

Whoever does not obey the son is that some say whoever doesn't believe the son of the work does not believe what the survey whoever believes in the son has eternal life, but whoever does not obey the son who doesn't believe, shall not see life, the wrath of God remains in you, see you, don't stumble into the narrow way you're not born into the narrow way because your mom and dad are Christians because they are members of the church is not because that you said once a little prayer that you didn't really understand you think is all right with my soul but I was six years old.

I said there is little prayer and I guess I'm fine. I'm ready for heaven know there's a good bit deliberate decision faith in the Lord Jesus, you done entered and that the narrow gate is only one who can save you. Jesus is the son of God has come pays the price for our sin on the cross rises again. He's conquered that as we been celebrating this morning before the judgment of God which you desire and he will take you to life everlasting.

Use it while I understand following Jesus is is is our as it can be. There's a cost is going to teach about that are pending or said friends that we could do differently may affect your career when you got an ungodly loss of one share to to do unethical things and get Scripture and you say no. Yet sometimes it's hard fighting the devil putting on the armor of God, because it's not easy. The cost to it called being a disciple is a way of July so we blessing is the way to eternal life. John Bunyan and the Pilgrim's progress tells of Christian reaching celestial city heaven. I keep talking about programs. You need to read if you don't stick to the Bible the cup Christian memory starts with the big burden of sin. Then comes the cross and the burden Rosalie. He says it comes to the gate of celestial city picture of heaven a man called ignorance.

Bunyan writes then they asked him for his certificate that they might going to show it to the king, so he fumbled it is reason for one and find none. Then they said to him I do not, but the man answered, never the words of the told the king what he would not come down to see him but commanded the two shining ones that conducted Christian and hopeful to the city to go out and take ignorance and bind him hand and foot, and have them away.

Then they took him up and carried him through the air to the door that I saw in the side of the hill and put him in there and Bunyan says this person is thinking of these verses and I saw when I saw that there was a way to hell, even from the gates of heaven, as well as from the city of destruction was Bunyan doing Bunyan. The saying is this man who thinks he's a believer and he comes to the very gates of the city, but is not saved by grace is called ignorance of these through night and to hell. So there's a way to hell since Bunyan, even from the gates of heaven, as well as from the city of destruction. The professing believer. What we saying this morning was Jesus a to enter by the narrow gate. Did you have Jesus sitting at entered by the now to get young man entered by the narrow gate. Older women too long you have sat on the fence too long. You play being a follower of Jesus Christ today entered by the narrow gate today received Jesus Christ as your Savior to get on your knees and cry out to Christ, repent of your sin and brace the Savior. What will you do won't cast your hurts will save you will forgive your sins and give you eternal life is a path of joy the path of blessing today.

Put your trust in Jesus Christ, enter by the noted we do that we can sing him just as I am of invitation. No because of covert and when you come forward.

But once you in your heart and your seat to Christ to Christ for salvation. We do that father. These are serious Scriptures to us. Thank you for the clear teaching of Jesus.

We want the budget we want to ignore it. We want to explain it away, but thank you for these verses which shake us to the core father that we examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith. If we are truly trusting in Christ rather than a no religious activities. So I pray for each person listening.

The sanctuary lifestream. The radio program. Whatever this but no, they will enter by the narrow gate, but the look to Christ and be saved. But they will come humbly with repentance. Looking alone to Christ.

We ask in his name

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