Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Luke-The strait way

Luke 13:22  And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.  

Jesus was headed towards Jerusalem, his final days and then the cross. He is our example of the urgency to be about His Father's business while the day is here. We are to be busy doing the work of the Lord, sharing his word and witnessing to the lost, with signs following until our time in this life is up.

Luke 13:23  Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
 

Many thought that by being a Jew, a child of Abraham, that they would be in heaven. Some of these opposed Jesus.  

 John 8:39  They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
John 8:40  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
John 8:41  Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
John 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
John 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

Luke 13:24  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  

 Strive, agonizomai, strive, labor with passion, the word agonize comes from this word. We are to seek to enter the strait and narrow gate with all of our heart. Jesus is the gate. It requires more than a casual knowledge of him. More than attending  (or not attending) a synagogue or church out of religious duty to rituals and types and shadows of the kingdom of God. We must be born again of God's Holy Spirit through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The kingdom is a Spiritual kingdom and few enter because of obstacles to overcome.  

2 Tim 4:10  For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world,...  

The love of this world, the pride of life and the lusts of the flesh keep us from going spiritually through the narrow gate that is Jesus. False worship will keep you out. Many claim to worship God, but do not go through the gate that is Jesus. We must overcome the obstacles of the world, the devil, flesh and false worship. Jesus is the narrow way.  

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1 comment:

spacecowboy123 said...

This post made me think of  a little series I have in my mind: "Living the Christian life WITHOUT Christ." Sounds stupid and oxymoronic I know but there are Christians and non Christians doing just that.They go through the motions...no joy. They do right things...But not out of love. They profess love for  God ...Yet God is kept at arms length. Like King Amaziah: He did right in the sight of the LORD, yet not with a whole heart. (II Chr. 25:2) Which leads to the question: Can you live a whole life with half a heart?
Then there are the non Christians doing good works. In Matt 7 there were those doing the prophetic, driving out demons and doing miracles; yet Jesus says, Depart from Me. I never knew you." Not I used to know you but not any more...But I never knew you. Are we letting Christ live His life in us or are we just living our own lives?
Always enjoy reading your stuff. space, out