The Narrow Gate

Two Ways to Get to Heaven

The First Way Is The Law.
Keep God’s commandments and you’re in!

“You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by
them: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 18:5) [ESV]
“You are to observe my laws and rulings; if a person does them, he will have life through
them; I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 18:5) [CJB]
“…Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the book of the law.” (Galatians 3:10) [NIV]
“For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all.” (James 2:10) [HCSB]
“So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.” (James 4:17)

The Second Way Is By Grace.
God gives you salvation, it’s His free gift!

“…I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.” (Romans 7:7)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8–9) [ESV]

  • God gives us the choice on what path we want to go on.
  • The gate to heaven is “narrow” in the sense of having a particular requirement for entrance.
  • And that requirement is faith in Jesus Christ alone.
  • Salvation is found only in the person of Jesus Christ.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”” (John 14:6) [NIV]
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) [NIV]
“ …38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” (Hebrews 10:38-39) [ESV]

Regardless Of Your Age, Consider…
“It is better to spend your time at funerals than at festivals. For you are going to die, and it is a good thing to think about it while there is still time.” (Ecclesiastes 7:2) [TLB]