What is the wide gate?

Matthew 7:13-14
The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

I have always thought this a warning to those who didn’t follow the 10 commandments and that the narrow gate is to keep the law. I was wrong. Jesus was speaking to law believing Jews who were already keeping or at least trying to keep the 10 commandments. So why he did say it and what did he mean?

In his culture and time everyone is Israel had only known of a righteousness that came from rule keeping. That was what everyone was doing. As such that was the wide gate.

The narrow gate is a reference to himself. He alone saves. Not their rule keeping.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. savedbygrace says:

    @ “Jesus was speaking to law believing Jews who were already keeping or at least trying to keep the 10 commandments. So why he did say it and what did he mean?”

    short, yet very eye opening. thanks for pointing this out.

    grace and peace

    1. Paul-ine Theologian says:

      Thanks.

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