Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby.

For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.

Matthew 7:13‭-‬14 ASV

The relative number of the saved and the lost is plain from this.

They shall be as the few to the many.

This eternally recurring contrast between the numbers of the saved and the lost with reference to each succeeding generation should not be discouraging. Wheat does not grow grain all the way to the ground but only in the ear.

Although salvation is obtainable and available for all who truly desire it, the plain fact is that the majority in all generations will despise it. And, of wheat, it will be remembered that Christ himself used this grain as a figure of the saved and lost in Matthew 3:12.

The relative number of redeemed souls in any generation is not the scale by which God’s success may be measured.

God will keep on saving men until the “fullness” of his purpose is achieved (Romans 11:25).

The term “narrow” is meaningful. Truth can be no other way than narrow, as attested in any field of knowledge whatsoever. A radio band width may be moved almost imperceptibly to tune out a dance orchestra in New York City and tune in a political rally in Southern California.

Changing a chemical formula by the narrowest degree possible can profoundly alter a compound. The relation of the diameter to the circumference of a circle is so “narrow” that man’s mathematical vocabulary is not precise enough to define it, so it is approximated at 1 to 3.14159.

The velocity required to place a satellite in orbit is precisely 17,500 miles per hour. Why should it seem strange, then, that entering eternal life should be any other way than by the “narrow gate”?

The narrowness consists of the restrictions, disciplines, and requirements throughout the whole area of Christian living.

Such things as self-denial, forgiveness of others, monogamy, meekness, renunciation of the pursuit of wealth as the chief end of life, and countless other basic scriptural principles are opposed to the natural man whose baser instincts propel him constantly in the direction of the wide gate and the broad way.

Only those who are truly spiritual, who have set their minds upon the things in heaven, shall enter and negotiate the straitened way that leads to life; and yet, “Whosoever will may come!”

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.

Mark 16:16 ASV
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