The Master’s Minority
Today’s Scripture: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
“A loving God would never send anyone to hell.” “If hell is real, its punishments are temporary, not eternal.” “Everyone will go to heaven when he dies.” People known as Universalists hold these views. They reject the notion that people must experience personal salvation in Christ to go to heaven. Jesus addressed this subject in our Scripture.
Jesus taught about hell just as much as He did about heaven. In our verses, He invited His listeners to “Enter.” They were on the outside of salvation and a relationship with God. He called them into that relationship through “the narrow gate.” They could come to God only through Jesus. He is the only “gate” or “way” to the Father (John 14:6). Refusal to enter that way results in a dismal journey through this life on “the way that is broad.” Jesus said, “Many enter through it,” and its ultimate destination is “destruction,” a reference to hell. But those who enter through Jesus will walk on “the way that is narrow that leads to life.” This is a reference to abundant life on earth and everlasting life in heaven. Jesus noted that “there are few who find” the way to life. He said that more people walk down the broad road to hell than the narrow road to heaven! Universalists may not like that concept, but there is little doubt that Jesus taught it.
There are only two roads on which you can travel in this life: the broad and the narrow. They lead to either hell (“destruction”) or heaven (“life”). Which road are you on? According to Jesus, the majority of people are walking blindly on the road to hell. You must not follow them. Make sure you are part of “the Master’s Minority.”