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There Is No Middle Ground (26 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
‘‘Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few’’ (vv. 13-14).
Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount by giving four warnings. Each warning makes a contrast between those who are Jesus’ followers and those who aren’t. In this passage, Jesus talks about two roads (vv. 13-14), two kinds of prophets (vv. 15-20), two kinds of disciples (vv. 21-23), and two foundations (vv. 24-27).
[Read Matthew 7:13-29.]
Sometimes it’s good to take the middle ground. For example, in politics it can be helpful to take the middle ground between two extreme positions. But when it comes to following Jesus, there is no middle ground.
THERE ARE ONLY TWO ROADS
Many people want to live in the middle ground (e.g., ‘‘I believe in Jesus, but I’m not religious’’). What does Jesus say to people who want to live in the middle ground? Here’s what he says: ‘‘Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few’’ (vv. 13-14). In other words, there is no middle ground.
You’re either on THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO LIFE or THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION, so make sure you’re on THE RIGHT ROAD.
People don’t like to hear about hell. But if there is a hell and it can be avoided, my conscience demands that I share the truth. It’s often said that Jesus - known for his compassion - talked more about hell than any other person in the Bible.
THE RIGHT ROAD
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