Strive to Enter the Narrow Gate

Strive to Enter the Narrow Gate

Pastor Jesse Gistand

GistandAudio sermon
The Lord’s Day – 09/23/2012
1h 13m 17s | Luke 13:22-30

Luke 13:22-30 “And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 Then said one unto Him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And He said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in Thy presence, and Thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from Me, all [ye] workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out. 29 And they shall come from the east, and [from] the west, and from the north, and [from] the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.”

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1. The disciple and the disciple indeed: John 8:31,32
There’s only one number that truly matters: vs. 24a
2 Pet. 1:10/ 2 Cor. 13:5/ 1 Tim. 4:13-16/ Prov. 14:25

2. Strive to enter: labor, press, toil, run, fight, wrestle (expressions of true faith) Phil. 3:12, 14 / 1 Tim. 6:12 / 1 Cor. 9:24, 26
Our Master, the ultimate model—Heb. 12:1-3/ Luke 22:44

3. Failure is certain for many: vs. 24b— Many will go to hell, while seeking to enter in. How come? Because their seeking was not by faith Heb. 11:6/ It was half-hearted Phil. 3:15-19 / 2 Tim. 4:10; Demas / Israel — Jer. 29:12-14 / Mt. 25:1-3

4. There is an expiration date on the gospel call: vs.25
Prov. 1:20-33/ Jer. 7; Israel before and during Christ/ Rev. 2:21 “The Apostate Church”/ false professors

5. Ceremony/Celebration/Church: is not the same as believing on Him!
And this is eternal life – John 17:3

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