“Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” ~Matthew 7:13, 14
“I am the gate [door]. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and find pasture. ~John 10:1
“יהושע said, to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ~John 14:6
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I shall make you fishers of men.” ~Matthew 4:19
The Cost of Following יהושע Messiah:
“So, then everyone of you who does not give up all that he has, is unable to be My taught one.” ~Luke 14:33
The Reward of Following יהושע Messiah:
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. “And I give them everlasting life, and they shall by no means ever perish, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.” ~John 10:27, 28
It requires a faithful, loving, relationship with HIM.
He tells us His Love Language:
“If you love Me, you shall guard My commands.” ~John 14:15
“יהושע answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he shall guard My Word. And My Father shall love him, and We shall come to him and make Our stay with him. “He who does not love Me does not guard My Words. ***And the Word which you hear is not Mine but of the Father Who sent Me.” ~John 15:23, 24
***NOTICE: The Son’s Word is the Father’s Word!
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“But He answering, said, “It has been written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of יהוה.” ~Matthew 4:4
However, we must continue in this faithful loving relationship with יהושע:
“And because of the increase in lawlessness, the love of many shall become cold. “But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved.” ~Matthew 24:12, 13
So is obedience necessary to enter the Kingdom / Everlasting Life?
Let’s see what Messiah actually taught on this subject:
“And see, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good shall I do to have everlasting life?” And He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One –Elohim. But if you wish to enter into life, guard the commands.” ~Matthew 19:16, 17
This is worth meditating on:
“BUT IF YOU WISH TO ENTER INTO LIFE, GUARD THE COMMANDS.”
And of course Messiah’s Words are in total agreement with the rest of Scripture:
“I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. “Blessed are those doing His commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city. “But outside are the dogs and those who enchant with drugs, and those who whore, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and all who love and do falsehood.” ~Revelation 22:13-15
Is Obedience “Optional” according to Messiah?
Messiah gives the reason why the vast majority will be denied entrance into the Kingdom of Elohim:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them, shall be like a wise man who built his house on the rock, and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” ~Matthew 7:21-25
“He who watches over the Torah is a wise son,” ~Proverbs 28:7a
The vast majority will be rejected because they work Lawlessness!
They DO NOT guard (watch over) His Torah!
The “lawless professors of faith” are sharply contrasted with the Faithful Remnant:
“Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones, here are those guarding the commands of Elohim and the belief of יהושע. ~Revelation 14:12
“And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those guarding the commands of Elohim and possessing the witness of יהושע Messiah.” ~Revelation 12:17
NOTICE: the Faithful Remnant have 2 things:
1. The faith (belief), witness of יהושע
2. and they guard the commands of Elohim
The lawless have no place in the Kingdom:
“The Son of Man shall send out His messengers, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing lawlessness, and shall throw them into the furnace of fire – there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. “Then the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the reign of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” ~Matthew 13:41-43
Since Obedience to the King of the Kingdom is Absolutely Necessary…
Then… HOW DO WE WALK IN OBEDIENCE TO THE KING?
We’ll get into that NEXT TIME.