When my wife asked me to write a Bible study for CBSB, I wasn’t sure initially what I wanted to write about. As the days went on however, God brought some things to the forefront of my mind, and it began to weigh on my heart that this was the topic I needed to share. Today I want to talk to you about the wide and narrow path in Matthew 7:13-23. These scriptures teach us that the whole of mankind are on two different paths, one path leading to eternal damnation, and one to eternal life. I’d like to talk about what the Bible has to say about these two paths and how to know which path you’re on.
Revelation 20:11-15 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” This is the final judgment for those on the wide path.
Let’s examine that last phrase “but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven.” Some of you reading this will probably say that He’s referring to the Ten Commandments or to the Mosaic Law. But Christ doesn’t say the “Commandments of God” or the “Law” he says the “will of my father…” Just what is the will of God the Father? Christ answers that in John chapter 6:39-40: “And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” The will of God the Father is to believe on Jesus Christ! Now here is a great truth of the Bible, God’s will is that we believe on Christ. God’s will is that once we believe on Christ, God gives us to Christ and Christ is responsible for our everlasting life. I’m not responsible for keeping my salvation, that’s been entrusted to Christ. Christ has always, and always will follow the will of the Father.