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What Is The Narrow Way

Matthew 7:14 - Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. What is the narrow way? What is the straight gate?

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John 10:8-9 All who came before me were thieves and robbers But the true sheep did not listen to them. .....

So the narrow way is Jesus while the broad way is that of world religious system.
---lee1538 on 9/29/11

Selah and AMEN. Truly posted.

And some marked by sign to watch for.

John 10:12
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

John 10:13
The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
---Trav on 9/30/11

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destructionand many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to lifeand only a few find it." Matthew 7:13-14

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 10:8-9 All who came before me were thieves and robbers But the true sheep did not listen to them.Yes, I am the gate Those who come in through me will be saved They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.

So the narrow way is Jesus while the broad way is that of world religious system.
---lee1538 on 9/29/11

it is obeying,and living and serving,it is being in the world,but not of the world,it is not judging,but loving even those who are not very loveable,it is patience,humility,giving,uplifiting,and much more,and as always the glory goes to him,for without him we are NOTHING.
---tom2 on 9/29/11

narrow is Gods righteousness is living the Spirit of the Law obeying GODS 10 commandments

one cannot have righteousness without LAW have righteousness one obeys the Spirit of the Law and Christ abides in those who keep His Commandments
---Rhonda on 9/29/11

NO ONE is going through the narrow gate unless the Father draws them to Christ. Jesus declared this,"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44

Outside of "being drawn" by the Father, Jesus simply declared,

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth, and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out." John 10:1-3

Jesus knows who are His by name!
---christan on 9/29/11

Kathr, you answered me with,
"MarkV, please don't undermine religious talk when that talk is grounded in Scripture"
Religious talk you speak is not grounded in the Context of Scripture. You use different verses with different context to make a point so that you can look as if you know what you are talking about. Then at the end you give a passage from Scripture. Did you not know that passage is for believers? It is not for those who do not believe in the Eternal Son of God. You have to believe Christ is eternal Son, that He was never created a Son.
He has always been the Son from all eternity, and was forknown as a sacrifice for sin before the foundation of the world.
---Mark_V. on 9/28/11

Acts 2 v 38 Is The Strait Gate. There is No other salvation of God outside from Acts 2 v 38, The Very Same as The Early Church.
The Man - made relig org's churches beginning with the trinity rcc uses faith believe scriptures for salvation which Is being used out of contect. The same as repeat aft me, easy believism, no works salvation etc which Are All Lies & came from here, 2nd.Cor.11 v's 14 - 15..
---Lawrence_Nemeth on 9/28/11

Donna we also see Jesus in John 6 making the same statement but with a different approach.

Many followed Him, but then Jesus tested them. He then said to eat my flesh and drink my blood was the ONLY way leading to Life, or what He said He will raise up in the last days. Jesus said I AM the Resurrection..

Eternal LIFE is HIS LIFE in you.

Again here in John 6 Jesus is saying the CROSS is the narrow way. I am crucified with Christ is what it means to eat His flesh and drink His Blood.

The ONLY ones who will be resurrected to eternal everlasting life are those who have died and risen with Christ.

THAT's the whole purpose of His death and that WE can have resurrection life in Him.
---kathr4453 on 8/13/11

Donna5535, the rest of the passage says,
"Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Jesus continually emphasized the difficulty of following Him (10:38, 16:24,25: John 15:18,19: 16:1-3: Acts 14:22). Salvation is by grace alone, but is not easy. It calls for knowledge of the Truth, repentance, submission to Christ as Lord and a willingness to obey His will and Word, (19:16-28). But the Spirit provides every spiritual gift we will need to accomplish His will, waiting for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ who will sustain us to the end... (1 Cor. 1:7-9).
---Mark_V. on 8/13/11

We do see we can NOW come boldly to the Throne of Grace, clearly showing it is behind the veil, where the Holy of Holies is. This is the whole point of the New Covenant.

No one had access directly to the Father. SIN separated man from God. Jesus alone is who has reconciled man to God, and given us the ministry of reconciliation, TO WITNESS that God was In Christ......

Hebrews says we now can come THROUGH the veil, that is to say His Flesh. When we do, we say for the First time ABBA FATHER, ABBA Daddy. Not only that, but we NOW are seated WITH Christ in Heavenly Places In Christ.

Jesus death and resurrection made it all possible.
---kathr4453 on 8/11/11

I disagree again with Kathr. It sounds very religious but not as Scripture declares. First she said, "Jesus was the Holy of Holies," now she says "He is the veil." If He is the veil and you go through that veil and as she said, you will find the anchor of the soul, that means He is not our hope.
"Our hope is embodied in Christ Himself who has entered into God's presence in the heavenly Holy Of Holies on our behalf ( Heb. 4:14). By this line of reasoning the writer of Hebrews returned to the topic which he left in (5:10), the Melchizedekan priesthood. Chapter 7 explains the Superiority of Christ's Priesthood to that of this unique High-Priest, who was only a "type' of Christ.
---Mark_V. on 8/11/11

Greg, you are correct. Just as the High-priest under the Old Covenant passed through 3 area's (outer court, the Holy Place, and the Holy Of Holies) to make the atoning sacrifice, Jesus passed through 3 Heavens (the atmosphereric heaven, the stellar heaven, and God's adobe ( 2 Cor. 12:2-4) after making the perfect, final sacrifice. The tabernaacle was but a limited copy of the heavenly reality. When Jesus entered into the heavenly Holy of Holies, having accomplished redemption, the earthly facsimle was replaced by the reality of heaven itself. Freed from that which was earthly.
---Mark_V. on 8/11/11

ONLY CHRIST can come into the Holy of Holies. However only those who are now IN CHRIST can come in directly to the Father. When God sees us He sees a New Creature, not the old. Sin and no part of sin can enter in. Our sin has been washed away NOT COVERED. OT were only covered, and no one but the High priest could ener in. He first had to atone for his own sin first before he could atone for the people. Now WE enter a NEW and Living way, through the veil, that is to say His Flesh, that only ONE WAY is to be Crucified with Christ, where God no longer looks upon our sinful flesh, but the New Creature Only. Our old man is rendered dead in His sight. Our New man is alive IN CHRIST alone.
---kathr4453 on 8/9/11

Heb 9:2-5 "For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary, and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle, which is, called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant, and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail."
---kathr4453 on 8/9/11

//What is the narrow way? What is the straight gate?//

Those who follow Christ today must follow the Apostle Paul, as he speaks to the Church, the body of Christ
1 Cor 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ
1 Tim 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me FIRST Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting
---michael_e on 8/9/11

Nice try. The high priest was the one who went past the veil into the holy of holies. Believers are not high priests. JESUS CHRIST is the high priest, the elect of God.

Hebrews 4:14-16

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore come BOLDLY unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
---CraigA on 8/9/11

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MarkV, Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone applies to the Body of Christ, the Head. He is the Chief Cornerstne and we are stones built up together with Him. No one Knocks on the Cornerstone anymore than one knocks on Jesus Head. He is OUR HEAD.

No one can come to the Father except THROUGH the Son. God the Father is who is behind the Holy of Holies, behind the Veil. The Veil separated man from God. Jesus is that Veil, TORN/ RENT opening the way to the Father.

When we Come to God through Christ, we come Boldly to the Throne of GRACE. That throne has and will always be behind the Veil, That is to say His Flesh....Hebrews 10.

Jesus is iviting us to come to, through and behind the veil, where only THERE is the Anchor of our Soul.
---kathr4453 on 8/9/11

MarkV, please don't undermine religious talk when that talk is grounded in Scripture. Now I know this contradicts your belief of election where you find your security. However this is where I and countless Christians from the very beginning have found theirs.

The tabernacle is a Picture of Christ and Salvation, not Calvinism.

Hebrews 6:19
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil,
---kathr4453 on 8/9/11

A lot of times Christians talk religious talk and miss apply the Scriptures which then leads others to also misapply Scripture.
Jesus never said He knock on the door of the Holy of Holies or for us come boldly into the Throne of grace and mercy. He is the Cornerstone of The Temple and doesn't knock on it. And in the Old T. before anyone could enter they had to be cleansed before entering. We cannot come boldly unless God draws us to Christ by Grace and, brings us to life in Christ, cleanses us and forgives us by the works of Christ on the Cross, and then we become the stones that build the Temple with Christ being the cornerstone of the Temple. Every new believer is a new stone in Christ's temple, the Church ( 1 Peter 2:5).
---Mark_V. on 8/8/11

Simply the narrow way is following after the Lord Jesus Christ alone(no mixed theories).
---Adetunji on 8/8/11

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Hmmm....what can I add?
I once asked a preacher if he believed that those of differing faiths would have Eternal Life.
His answer was "Yes", as long as they believed Jesus Christ to be the Son of God.
This belief, that though many may take a different path but all of them lead to Eternal Life, is that which makes the road broad.
---David on 8/7/11

When Jesus used those words in Matthew,etc, talking to Jews, Jews understood the meaning of Gate. You should go back and read all OT about GATE, referring to the Tabernacle/Temple. The End of Revelation again use this language of GATE.

The Tabernacle in the OT was a picture of Jesus Christ.

WE ENTER a NEW and LIVING WAY, through the veil, that is to say His Flesh.

The Gates led to the outer court, inner court and then to the Holy of Holies itself.

The DOOR Jesus said, He stood and knocked at was the door into the Holy of Holies. Those saved today have entered into the Holy of Holies VIA Jesus Christ and can come boldly to the Throne of Grace and Mercy...that was ONLY behind the veil of the Holy of Holies.
---kathr4453 on 8/7/11

If you were really trying to learn things, Donna, you wouldn't get upset by being told that "straight" and "strait" are two different words.

thankfully Gods Holy Spirit imparts SPIRITUAL knowledge not spelling knowledge!!!

the straight gate is following Christ and EVERY Word of God Luke 4:4

traditions of men the world and ITS ways are ALL from babylon - Christ tells us to come out from among her and be separate

false christianity teaches the wide gate as you please and sin IN a christ

Apostles instructed True believers to overcome sin, Satan, and self ...the narrow gate requires responsibility in Christ and His Word
---Rhonda on 8/6/11

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me," Jesus says in John 14:6.

"'Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.'" (Matthew 11:29) So, Jesus cares how we are feeling.

"'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'" (John 14:27) "My peace," Jesus says. So, we have the peace that Jesus Himself on the throne is experiencing. In Jesus Christ's own peace, we can feel what He is feeling so we have so personal communication with Him.
---Bill_willa6989 on 8/6/11

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Jesus spoke to THE JEWS about the "STRAIT gate" 2000 years ago, but OUR gospel is the one from "STRAIGHT" STREET.

Yes, it can be possible that different spellings are present in scripture, but apparently this 'possibility' is not enough of a consideration that controversy will be avoided for the sake of peace and harmony among modern believers........

....(perhaps that is why The Lord INTENTIONALLY also included the words "street" and "gate").
---more_excellent_way on 8/5/11

The narrow way is the way that leads straight to Jesus. It is narrow because it leaves no room for your own....
the strait way is the strict way. It leaves no room for your....
---Francis on 8/5/11

Donna5535, Jesus answers these questions HImself.
"I am the way". John 14:6
"I am the door" Jhn 10:9>Jhn 10:1
The question I have is why only a "few find it"? He Himself said "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." Jhn 12:32
He also said "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." Jhn 10:27
Therefore, the only reason that I can think of is the fact that "many are called, but few are chosen." Mat 22:14 and "many, will seek to enter and will not be able". Luk 13:24
And as far as I know, entrance is hindered only by a prideful sense of self-righteous entitlement, unbelief, or a blatant refusal.
---josef on 8/5/11

Cluny, for some reason, I can't receive from you anymore.

You come across a "know it all."

You rebuke me harshly and it's hard for me to receive from someone who has an answer for EVERYTHING.

You respond to every post. I only respond to those I have a little knowledge on and if I walked it out in real life.

The law of the letter KILLS, it is the Spirit that gives LIFE. You do not give LIFE in your posts, you teach meanings of words, that's not Spirit and Life.

I apologize for pointing out how critical you are, but that's what I think. Can't you be gentle with people on here? We're not all scholars like you are. Welll most of you are, but I'm not. Please be gentle with me. Thank you.
---Donna5535 on 8/5/11

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If you were really trying to learn things, Donna, you wouldn't get upset by being told that "straight" and "strait" are two different words.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/4/11

This is one of those cases perhaps where we all learned something. I did. I appreciate Cluny pointing it out.
I hate it that Donna is upset...but, dang it you rebuke yourself by rather tense opinion sometimes yourself.
Be a big girl...your ignorance is our gain.
---Trav on 8/5/11

//Cluny, if I walked up to Jesus and made that mistake of spelling straight incorrectly, do you REALLY think he'd say to me, "Try again Daughter/Donna."//

cluny was not pointing out a spelling error. i think he was making a valid point.

//Would Jesus embarrass me like that?//

if he needed to. look how many times he embarrassed Peter and the Pharisees. he knew the spirit in which they were dwelling.
---aka on 8/4/11

If you were really trying to learn things, Donna, you wouldn't get upset by being told that "straight" and "strait" are two different words.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/4/11

John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him. 'I am the way...'" Jesus said that he is he way, it is narrow because it is only through him that we go to the Father.
John 10:9 Jesus said "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved..." The gate and the door are the same, an entry. Strait because again it is narrow, restrictive to being through him.
Few that find it: Romans 3:11 "...there is none that seeketh after God." If none look for the Father then who are the few? They are the chosen, Matthew 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen." Who does the choosing? Jone 15:16 "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you..."
---Harold on 8/4/11

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Cluny, if I walked up to Jesus and made that mistake of spelling straight incorrectly, do you REALLY think he'd say to me, "Try again Daughter/Donna."

Would Jesus embarrass me like that? Or would Jesus say, "Daughter, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man comes to the Father but by me."

You like to expose mistakes and errors instead of answering the question Cluny. But I forgive you and love you anyway.
---Donna5535 on 8/4/11

The Lord told Ananias to find Saul at a street that was that was spelled "STRAIGHT" (Acts 9:11).

Hebrews 12:13
"and make straight paths...".

Did the separate authors of each book spell differently?....maybe the Greek translations from scribes/translators is different?????
---more_excellent_way on 8/4/11

The important aspect of this verse is that the narrow gate must be looked for and found not just happened upon. The broad road that leads to destruction is passive. Meaning the default action of choosing anything other than Christ leads to destruction. See also John "I am the gate."
---Scott1 on 8/4/11

Gordon gives the correct answer. When he says,"The Narrow Way is YAHUSHUA (JESUS) Himself. The only Door to Heaven and Life Eternal. He then brings in behavior that has to do with rewards one may receive.
---mima on 8/4/11

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Jesus Christ is the narrow way and straight gate. Jesus said He is the way, truth, and life, and NO one comes to the Father (Heaven, salvation) but by Him (John 14:6). Many preachers and "Christians" of today preach/teach/believe there are many ways to salvation and Heaven, but according to the Bible, this is WRONG. Because of this, MANY will end up in Hell because they did not come through Jesus Christ, but through another way.
---Leslie on 8/4/11

It is living in a manner which pleases God and brings glory to the only begotten Son Jesus Christ.

Living Holy as a lifestyle not as a doctrine, for without which, no man will see God.

---paul on 8/3/11

there is a cultural parallel, but i do enjoy modern spin and folklore. i will wait for both.
---aka on 8/3/11

The Narrow Way is primarily YAHUSHUA (JESUS) Himself. The only Door to Heaven and Life Eternal. But, experientially, it is walking day-by-day in Holiness, Godly morality, Love, Truth, Humility and denying the flesh nature. "Crucifying" daily the sinful, fleshly nature and following GOD, instead. It's Narrow because it's more difficult and single-minded. Harder to do in this world full of fleshly and sensual enticements!
---Gordon on 8/3/11

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Donna, the strait gate, and the narrow way, is not a WHAT, but a WHO.

---Rob on 8/3/11

Try again, Donna. "Strait" is not a variant spelling of "straight". They are entirely separate words.

The former is an archaic word from the Latin word for "strict". It basically means the same thing as "narrow", as in "straits of Gibraltar."

Glory to Jesus Christ.
---Cluny on 8/3/11

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