Monday, November 21, 2011
Living In Light of the Kingdom - Part Eight
Third, there are dangers associated with the absolute nature of the kingdom (7:13–14). According to Jesus there are only two gates—a narrow one and a wide one. There are only two ways—a narrow and a broad one. And there are only two destinations—life and death. Such absolutes are not looked on with approval today. This kind of theological construction is considered bigoted and narrow-minded. In such an environment we may be tempted to soft-peddle the truth, or to round off its sharp edges, or to blunt its impact. But Jesus will not allow us to do so. The kingdom stands over against the world. We are confronted with a choice. We can only enter through one of the gates and walk on one of the roads. In the end it is a matter of life and death. While many may not like the absolute nature of the choice, Jesus leaves us with no alternative. Faithfulness to Him requires that we obey His word.
Fourth, there are dangers associated with false teaching (7:15–20). Unfortunately, false teaching will always be a problem until the consummation. Tragically, it is often exacerbated by the fine outward appearance and clever sounding words of the false teachers. In fact, they are dangerous precisely because they are so believable and convincing. But the true state of their hearts will be evident by their fruit. What they are cannot remain hidden forever. Eventually it will come out. There is a connection between what we believe and how we live and what we teach. “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
To be continued in the next post...