Tag: Proverbs 14:12

The narrow door!

 Scripture reading for March 22nd:  Luke 13

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 13:23-25  “Someone asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”  He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.  Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’  “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.”

There was concern among those who heard Jesus teach about the need for repentance that only a few people would actually be saved.  They asked Jesus this very question.  His answer was to encourage them to ‘make every effort to enter through the narrow door.’   We know that Jesus Christ alone is the gate or door to enter the kingdom of God.  (John 10:1,7) (John 14:6)  Repentance is the necessary heart condition to enter this narrow door.  Jesus had just plainly told the people, “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.”  (Luke 13:5)  The key to the ‘door’ is repentance and this requires taking responsibility for our sin and turning to Jesus for forgiveness and grace.  Through personal faith in Jesus Christ, we enter the ‘narrow’ Door!

Observations for over-comers:  Jesus warned that many would try to enter their own way and be left outside knocking and pleading for admittance.  They would be denied access because of no ‘key’!  “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”  (Proverbs 14:12)

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Dress for success!

Scripture reading for February 1st:  Matthew 22

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Matthew 22:11-14  “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.  ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’  The man was speechless.  “Then the king told the attendants, ‘tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  “For many are invited, but few are chosen.””

Towards the very end of His earthly ministry, Jesus told this parable about a wedding for the king’s son and a guest who came without a proper wedding garment.  The man was confronted by the king, and he was without excuse and speechless.  The king had him thrown outside, bound hand and foot.  Jesus concluded the parable with “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”  

This parable speaks to us today about our need to respond properly to the invitation to the wedding feast of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ!  We need to accept the wedding garment of His righteousness to be properly clothed and say ‘yes’ to the King’s invitation through His ambassadors, the ‘Church!’  Those who come thinking they are good just as they are will be in for a rude surprise!    The only ‘clothes’ come by grace through faith in Jesus Christ!  (Ephesians 2:8-9)  All are invited to this wedding banquet, but few will chose to come properly dressed!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers will wear garments of Christ’s righteousness and be watching for the Bridegroom’s return!  Some will be surprised and left out!  “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”  (Proverbs 14:12)   “I will clothe her priests with salvation and her saints will ever sing for joy.”  (Psalm 132:16)

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