Many, if not all, of us have heard the verse about entering the narrow gate, but how much thought have you put into it? Many Christians automatically think the narrow gate is accepting Yeshua (Jesus) as the savior. While Yeshua (G-d) is the savior is that what He meant? Let’s dive in and go a little deeper and see if we can determine what He meant by the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14
Again, many of us have heard this passage spoken many of times. Have you ever looked into “the way is narrow that leads to life”? What is the way since so few find it? I think it is of the utmost importance to answer this question. Before we get to those questions let’s look at a few more words that Yeshua spoke.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Matthew 7:15-20
Yeshua says we will know people by their fruit. Good people bear good fruit and bad people bear bad fruit. Jeremiah speaks of one who trusts in the L-rd “for he will be like a tree planted by the water…”.
Psalms 1 speaks of those who yield are like a tree and bear fruit:
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the Torah of the L-rd and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the L-rd knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1
It is not the wicked who bear the fruit G-d desires, but those who delight in the Torah of the L-rd. Those who delight in the Torah and meditate on it will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water and yields it fruit. G-d knows the way of the righteous, but the wicked, those producing bad fruit will perish. The way. G-d knows the way of the righteous. Those bearing good fruit. Those who bear good fruit are delighting in the Torah and meditating on it. This is the one who prospers.
Just let that sink in for a moment. Stop reading! Let it sink in…think about it. Okay, you might be thinking well Yeshua came and changed that. If that is your thought, then I have a few questions for you. Can G-d’s word come back void or empty (Isaiah 55:11)? Does G-d change his ways (Numbers 23:19 or Malachi 3:6)? One last question before we move on, but picture yourself as a Jew during the 1st century. G-d came and presented the Torah to the Israelites and told them to be a light unto the nations. The Torah is a lamp and the commandments a light (Psalm 119:105). He told them the Torah was forever. There is no indication in the Torah or in the Prophets nor in the writings that G-d was going to put an end to the Torah. You know this because you have studied the Tanakh (Genesis – Malachi) all your life. Then G-d sends Yeshua and ends following of Torah. Wait a minute. All your life, your father’s life, his father’s life, and on and on you were told and you could read that the Torah was forever. Then Yeshua comes and changes everything. How could you place any faith in G-d? How could you place faith in a G-d who said something was forever, but now it is not? How do you know He won’t come again and do the same thing? Now it is no longer placing your faith in Yeshua, but some other way for salvation.
Turning to G-d has always been the way to salvation (Isaiah 45:22). He is the only savior (Isaiah 43:11). Nothing changed in that regard for Yeshua is G-d. Yeshua was very present throughout the Torah and the Prophets (Luke 24:27). Yeshua Himself says that He did not come to abolish the Torah and the Prophets. He continued in Matthew 5 by saying that until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter shall ever pass away from the Torah. As far as I know, I still live on earth, therefore one must conclude the Torah is still valid.
We know from Psalm 1 the wicked do not delight in the Torah and meditate on it. They therefore are full of iniquity. They will perish. Matthew says the same thing in chapter 7: Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. The savior, Yeshua, continued in Matthew 7 saying this:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘L-rd, L-rd!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘L-rd, L-rd, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, and drive out demons in Your name, and perform many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:21-23
Doing work in the L-rd’s name does not mean you have entered into His salvation. He tells these people who are supposedly doing G-d’s work that He never knew you and to get away. You are a worker of lawlessness. Yeshua is quoting Psalm 6:9 when He said get away from me you workers of lawlessness. In other words, their fruit was like the wolves. They may have looked like one who truly trusted in G-d, but they weren’t. Please, let this be clear to you, doing things in G-d’s name is not necessarily bearing good fruit. Bearing good fruit is about following Torah. This is how you know the fruit is good. The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to cause whomever it has entered to follow Torah (Ezekiel 11:19-20 and 36:26-27). Following Torah is about love. This is why John speaks so much about love and following the commandments. The root word of commandment in Hebrew means to connect. The commandments connect us to G-d and to people. They show us how to have a relationship with G-d and with people. The ultimate goal of this connection is about love.
Proverbs 3 tells us the Torah is the Tree of Life.
My son, do not forget my Torah, but let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days and years of life, and shalom they will add to you. Proverbs 3:1
Let kindness and truth never leave you—bind them around your neck, Proverbs 3:3
She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and blessed will be all who hold firmly to her. Proverbs 3:18
This proverb is about seeking and never letting go Torah. The Torah is a feminine word, it is a she. The Torah is a Tree of life. The Torah is truth (Psalm 119:142, 151, 160). G-d is telling us to don’t let go of the Torah for that is the Tree of Life. When Yeshua said I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, He was saying I am the Torah, the Torah, and the Torah. Only after you have turned to Him can you receive salvation and then those who truly have turned to Yeshua must start walking out Torah. Don’t think you have to be able to walk out Torah fully immediately. It is not a sprint, but a marathon. It is taking one step and then another.
The way to life is bearing fruit and bearing fruit is following the Torah. This is why the way is so narrow. Few people will enter the gate. Scripture is quite clear on the matter. It is man that has twisted Paul’s letters into saying the Torah does not need to be followed. I am glad you have read to this point. I hope and pray that you ask G-d to show you the truth. Don’t take my word for it, search and ask. If you have any questions please let me know. You can ask in a comment below, or you can PM me. You can call me or send me an email. However you can contact me, please do.
Until next time….kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is Hashem!