Wish I could be as articulate as you Mike. I do like the parallel text in Mat 7:13-8:1, adds a lot of context to Jesus’ words. but Luke captures the hard work required, at least in my KJV version. Luke 6:48 He is like a man which: built, digged deep, laid the foundation on a rock….
If one has ever dug near a stream bed, or in other hard rocky soil, (I remember my dad, who was and underground contractor, describing some of the worse of these) especially to dig deep enough to reach bedrock, you know this takes work and hard work.
No wonder many go a different way.
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
by Mike Ratliff
46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46 (NASB)
There is much controversy in the Church these days over some teaching from those who have made it a point to move their doctrine away from the Orthodox into a what used to be called liberalism. However, instead of rejecting everything spiritual as the liberals do, these new teachers claim that they are moving back to the origins of the Church with methods and doctrine that are more indicative of the early church rather than what is called Orthodox now. The followers of these teachers have, for the most part, rejected “church” with any hint orthodoxy in it.
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