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May 02, 2021

Two Ways Contrasted

Two Ways Contrasted

Passage: Matthew 7:13-23

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

In our message this week once again, we are faced with three separate topics. The two gates, the two prophets and the two professions of faith. Today our world overflows with “religious pluralism.” The idea that any and every path to God if it is sincere is a valid one. Jesus denounces this by telling His listeners to enter by the narrow gate which leads to life. That life is found only in the Good Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) who opens the door for us and when we walk through it by faith, we are saved (Jn. 10:9). In verse 14 though Jesus leaves us with a sobering warning, for the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. The one gate illustrates that there are not multiple paths to God, but only one. Those who teach anything differently are false prophets disguised as wolves in sheep’s clothing (v. 15). Fortunately, Jesus has given us a way to discern those who desire to scatter the flock (Jn. 10:12), He says you will know them by fruits (v. 20). False teachers who seek to harm God’s people cannot keep their sinister schemes to themselves for long. Like a piece of fruit that is exposed to the light for too long, when these false teachers are subject to the true light of God’s word their inner rot comes to the surface showing us, they are a diseased tree that bears bad fruit in need of being cut down (v. 19). The application for us is to be certain that we are narrow path of salvation because there are many who stand in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and He will say to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness (v. 23).