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BIBLE STUDY: The Narrow Gate - Will You Fit?

Did you know that the head of God’s Church, Jesus Christ, warned His Disciples (or students) to seek to enter God’s Kingdom only through the difficult, narrow (and unpopular) way? Jesus said the broad, wide (and very popular) way, although easy and overflowing with Christians, was a sure pathway to destruction; even though the majority of churches would find, follow, and teach it to their members! Could this really be what Jesus meant? Let’s open our Bibles and investigate for ourselves!

Bible Study Instructions: One Nation Under God Ministries (www.onug.us) publishes and distributes weekly Bible Studies, worldwide – free of charge, to anyone who requests them, in both printed and electronic formats. Our Studies are intended to be a simple and fun way to learn the Scriptures, and are very easy to follow! We adhere to Jesus Christ’s Biblical instructions to teach and feed the flock of God portions of meat in due season, on weekly Sabbaths, and on the seven annual Holy Days throughout each calendar year (Luke 12:42 / Isaiah 28:9-10 / Matthew 13:52). Using both the Old and New Testaments, our Bible Studies are designed to present a premise, make a statement, or ask a question – followed by one or more Scriptural references. Just look up and read from your Bible the Scriptures listed. Comments following questions elaborate on the Scriptures you just read. Pray always before beginning any study of God’s Word, asking God to open both your eyes and your mind to His Truth; then Prove everything you read, is in fact the Truth, by comparing it to The Word of God (1 Thessalonians 5:21 / 2 Timothy 3:15-17). Then use the Biblical System of Checks and Balances, and SEE if both Jesus Christ, and the First Century Church of God Apostles – also Did, Said, and Taught these SAME THINGS (Galatians 1:1-12, 5:25 / 1 Peter 2:21, 25 / 1 John 2:3-6)! That’s all there is to it! Our Bible Studies are based on the King James Version, unless otherwise stated. We will be praying for your eyes to “see” (Matthew 13:11-17); and we are always available to answer any of your questions! Be Blessed, in Jesus’ Name! - One Nation Under God Ministries (www.onug.us).

Jesus & Coffee?                 

“Like a very strong cup of coffee is to your body early in the morning; so is a Scriptural comparison of your Christian beliefs and practices to those of Jesus and the original apostles. You will either wake up, or you will stop drinking coffee and go back to sleep!” www.onug.us

Maybe you had better begin to do like the Bereans did?

"And the Brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received The Word with all Readiness of Mind, and Searched (Researched) The Scriptures daily, (to Prove) whether Those Things were so!!! Therefore many of them Believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few!!! (Acts 17:10-12).

A lot of people said the Apostle Paul was a false prophet, but the Bereans actively Listened to him without prejudice! Will you listen to me without prejudice? Are you going to get rid all that silly prejudice to God’s Word, simply because you never heard TRUTH (John 17:17) before? Can you open your mind and make it like a parachute, so it will catch the air and slow your descent? Or will you keep it closed up, and be the first one to hit the ground? www.onug.us

God is calling you to HEAR His Truth, which requires YOU to Actively Listen and PROVE each concept from Scripture Alone (1 Thessalonians 5:21 / Isaiah 28:9-10); and then COMPARE Each TRUTH to the very Examples of Jesus Christ and His Apostles!!! What Did Jesus Actually DO, SAY, and TEACH (John 13:12-17 / 1 John 2:3-6 / Galatians 1:8-9 / Revelation 22:14 / Luke 6:46)??? www.onug.us

We are just the messengers! The words you are reading are just the tools, used by God to call a wayward son or daughter back to their Loving Father! The Standard in every area, ALWAYS IS Jesus Christ!!! But so many want to hold Him in High Regard, but without Obeying His Personal Commands to actually COPY His Personal Example in ALL things! Actually Obeying and Doing What Jesus Says is Called, "WORKS" or "Righteousness" (Psalm 119:172)!!!

These folks flock to smooth talking ministers, pastors, and rabbis, who tell them that "Grace is a license to sin, and that they can still receive a reward without any Righteous Works"!

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works!!!" (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

What does the Apostle James say about these folks?

"Even so Faith, if it hath not works, is DEAD, being alone!!!" (James 2:17).

"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so Faith without Works is DEAD also!!!" (James 2:26).

What does Jesus Say about these very same people?

"Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works?'

And then will I Profess unto them, 'I never knew you!!! Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity (lawlessness or sin)!!!' (Matthew 7:22-23). www.onug.us

You can call it, "Christianity" and you can even call it "Evangelical Works"; but if it isn't exactly what Jesus told us to do (Matthew 28:18-20); then Jesus calls it "Works of Iniquity"!!! You CANNOT use emotion, your thoughts, or your feelings; you CANNOT use band wagon logic, or "what most people believe" to validate Real Christianity!!! God ALWAYS Provides Real Teachers of "The Way" Christ Taught us to Worship The One True God (John 4:22-26)!!!

"How then shall they Call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they Believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they Hear without a Preacher? And how shall they Preach, except they be Sent? As it is Written, How Beautiful are the feet of them that Preach The Gospel of Peace, and Bring Glad Tidings of Good Things!!!

But they have not all Obeyed The Gospel. For Esaias (Isaiah) saith, 'Lord, who hath believed our report?' So then Faith cometh by Hearing, and Hearing by The Word of God!!!

But I say, 'Have they not heard?' Yes Verily, their Sound went into all the earth, and their Words unto the ends of the world!!!" (Romans 10:14-18).

What God Provides now, on a limited scale, through human ministers; God will Provide, worldwide, to EVERY person alive - After The Return of Jesus Christ, through His Glorified Kings and Priests who come up in the First Resurrection (or those who actually made it through the Narrow Gate)!!! www.onug.us

"And though The Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy Teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall See thy Teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, 'This is The Way, walk ye in It!', when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left!!!" (Isaiah 30:20-21).

Workers of iniquity are those who break the Commandments of God!!! They are those who don't like to hear The Law of God, those who refuse to submit to The Authority of God; or those who REFUSE to DO What their Father in Heaven, is Asking them to DO!!! www.onug.us

"A son Honoureth his Father, and a servant his Master: if then I be a Father, where is Mine Honour? And if I be a Master, where is My Fear? Saith the LORD of Hosts unto you, O priests, that despise My Name!!!" (Malachi 1:6).

I hope that is not YOU!!! I hope you are preparing yourself NOW to enter into the Narrow Gate, which according to Jesus, is the OPPOSITE of what MOST professing Christians are doing today (Mark 7:7-8)! YOU are either Copying Christ or YOU are NOT!!! www.onug.us

"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you! For MANY shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive MANY!!!" (Matthew 24:4-5).

"And then shall MANY be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another! And MANY false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive MANY!!! (Matthew 24:11).

There are going to be Many, Many disappointed and deceived individuals, MANY who call themselves Christians, but who simply – according to the very Words of Jesus - will NOT be able get in! DON'T LET THAT NUMBER INCLUDE YOU!!!

We are NOT Justified BY THE LAW - we are Justified by The Blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:9)! But this Justification will be given only on condition that we REPENT of our transgressions of God's Law - and so it is, after all, only the DOERS of the Law that shall be JUSTIFIED (Romans 2:13)!!! How Plain, and how Beautiful is God's TRUTH (John 14:15,21)!!! www.onug.us

This Sabbath (Saturday), and every Sabbath thereafter, gather with those who still recognize the Authority of Jesus to Make and KEEP The Seventh Day Sabbath Holy! Stop following men, man made traditions, and most importantly, STOP Honoring Satan who changed God's Seventh Day Sabbath into a first day of the week Perversion of God's Truth (Exodus 20:8-11, 31:12-18 / Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 4:1-11, 13:8)!!! www.onug.us

"But in Vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men!!!" (Jesus Christ in Matthew 15:9).       

You Just may want to Prove and SEE from Scripture Alone, IF YOU MEASURE UP to Jesus Christ's Written and Spoken STANDARDS (All of them; and NOT just one of them); BEFORE He Returns to weed out those WEEDS and TARES from His First Resurrection Harvest (Revelation 5:9-10, 20:4&6)!!! www.onug.us

"Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the Wheat into My Barn!!!" (Matthew 13:30).

This Saturday morning, Let us show YOU How to be Connected to The TRUE Vine of Jesus Christ (John 15:1-6, 15-16)! Let us use God's Tape Measure to SEE if YOU will fit through the Narrow Gate! The Carpenter's Son is still available to Change your shape and your size; so YOU will look just like Him (1 John 3:1-3)! Why not let Jesus Do What He Does Best (Matthew 11:29-30)?

The Narrow Gate:                                         www.onug.us

Professional Truck Drivers have to know exactly how tall their vehicles are (to the very inch) before entering a low clearance area, like going under a bridge or entering a tunnel? Most professional drivers know the best routes, with the highest clearances, to get their rigs to their destinations without any problems. But when a bridge is out, or a major highway is closed for construction; truckers are forced to take alternate routes. It is a foolish trucker that disregards, and does not read the clearance signs when entering a narrow passageway!

I remember once watching a bank surveillance camera video which someone had sent me. It showed a man in a pickup truck pulling a very large RV behind him, and attempting to get his rig through the covered drive-through teller lanes of a local bank. The man either didn’t read or didn’t care about the low clearance signs posted clearly at the entrance. He made it halfway through with the pickup truck, but the RV was just too tall; it smashed into the roof with enough force that it ripped it loose from its supports, and crashed down onto the teller lanes below. The falling roof crushed the pickup truck and severely damaged the man’s RV too. Oops! Too bad he had not taken the time to read the signs BEFORE trying to enter that narrow gate!

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Did you know the Kingdom of God comes with the same warning signs telling us who may enter its narrow gates (Revelation 22:14)? Jesus Christ himself tells those of us in “the churches”, the things that are going to happen shortly, and calls us Blessed if we will “read”, “hear”, and “keep” the things He has written down for us to follow (Revelation 22:16, 1:1-3)!!! Jesus knew we would get into trouble if we followed our own instincts, or what we “feel” in our hearts; we need to rely solely on His Instructions and in His “Signs” or we will NOT fit through His Gate (John 10:1-11 / Luke 13:22-30)!

Think about the stupidity of a truck driver ignoring signs that read, “Bridge Out Ahead”, “Heavy Fog”, or “Dead End”. These signs are meant to warn motorists of impending disaster - they must be immediately acted upon - or else!

Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father to show us the way in which we should go (John 14:6 / Matthew 6:33 / Proverbs 3:5-7). Jesus Christ also alerts us to impending disaster, if we do not heed His Warning Signs to enter in at the strait (difficult) and narrow gate. The Strait Gate is the only safe way; but by its very nature, also limits how many can fit through it (Matthew 7:13-14)!

Let’s all take a few minutes and reflect very carefully about what Jesus Christ is telling us here, in Matthew 7:13-14!

First the instructions, the Command, is to enter “YOU” (that means He is talking to us – those who are reading His Words! He is speaking to His Church – those who are keeping His Holy Days; Sabbaths and Annual Feasts); those who can hear His voice are to enter in the narrow, difficult gate! This is NOT advice for the world at large; it is a road sign meant ONLY for those FEW who are actually following Jesus’ Path – or “HEARING” His Voice – NOT the voice of strangers (John 10:1-5,7-9)!!! The Shepherd analogy is used with very good reason here! The sheep are to follow the shepherds of their flock – there is order, direction, unity here. Unity in understanding is of TREMENDOUS IMPORTANCE in order to ALL arrive at the same destination – with the same results (Acts 2:41-47)!!! www.onug.us

The majority of people who “think” they are Christ followers (but have not Scripturally “proven” that they are) are following a broad, wide, easy way; and that broad, wide, easy way leads ONLY to destruction!!! Did you get that? Jesus Christ said, that the MAJORITY, MANY, MOST, who think they are following Christ are on a highway to DESTRUCTION – NOT eternal life, and NOT an eternity of bliss in heaven!

Jesus Christ is telling us we can be absolutely certain that MOST of the people who are trying to follow Him are not on the right path, BECAUSE – strait, narrow, and difficult is the Way that leads to eternal life, and ONLY A FEW are going to be able to find it, BEFORE Christ returns to this earth!

This clearly means then that the Majority of people ARE WRONG, the majority of Christians DON’T HAVE IT RIGHT, the majority of CHURCH GOERS ARE DECEIVED by Satan, by his demons, and by their false ministers and by their false doctrines! This is indeed a very hard Truth for many to swallow! That is why MANY refuse to believe it; they will reject it, and they will stay on their comfortable wide path that leads to Destruction – despite a personal warning from the very same Jesus that they claim to follow! Amazing indeed! www.onug.us

A Major Truth of Jesus Christ, clearly expounded upon in your very own Bible, is that the majority of those who call Jesus Christ, “LORD” are going to be WRONG!!! They are going to be wrong in what they believe about Jesus, they are going to be wrong about who God is, they are going to be wrong about God’s Plan and His Reward; and they are going to be wrong about how they worship God! They are going to be wrong simply because they rejected the teachings, the example, and the very WORDS of Jesus Christ (Luke 14:1-35). Allow God’s Word and God’s “Signs” to override your emotions every time, in every issue – like a small child begrudgingly giving in to their parent’s command; as the child matures, he or she will eventually realize the Wisdom of their parent’s decision – but they will have received the BENEFIT OF THE BLESSINGS OF OBEDIENCE – even BEFORE they fully grasped the totality of the choice their parent (or our Heavenly Father) insisted upon (Matthew 19:17)! www.onug.us

I have lost or alienated many a friend over this Truth. I have had “Christian” pastors and ministers call me on the telephone or ask to meet with me in person, in order to set me straight on this!

They all say something to the effect of, “All these churches can’t be wrong!”, “I have never heard what you are telling me ever come from the pulpit of any Pastor or Minister that I have ever known, throughout my entire life”, “There are a lot of really smart Bible Scholars out there, and if what you are saying was really true, these scholars would have found it, and they would be teaching it to us right now. The fact that they aren’t, means that you cannot be correct”, “How can all these churches and these ministries be wrong, and you be right?” Notice, they all use human logic and reason to prove their truth, never a scripture!

Well, the simple, Biblically proven answer is, “Yes, all these churches can be wrong, and they are wrong, if they are not doing and teaching what Christ taught and did (2 Timothy 1:8-9)! Jesus Christ is our High Priest, and He alone directs how we worship a Holy God (Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:9-10)! There are many human ministers and priests who will one day stand before God, and they will have to answer for their culpable misleading of Billions of people from the True worship of a Holy and Righteous God (Matthew 23:5-15)! 

The sharp, two edged sword of God’s Word will always clarify and separate error from Truth (Hebrews 4:12-13 / 2 Timothy 3:13-17 / John 13:13, 15, 17). The Word of God, and the Example of Jesus Christ, have set a never changing standard of what we should do, and how we should worship God (Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 13:8)!

Knowing How To Prove The Truth:              www.onug.us

The Bible warns us to be extremely careful about what we Believe and especially about what we Teach (Titus 2:1-3,7-8 / 1 Timothy 4:7,14-16 / 2 Timothy 1:10-14 / 1 Thessalonians 5:21 /1 Corinthians 13:6 / Hebrews 13:8-9 / 2 Timothy 2:1-2, 14-15 / Psalm 119:160,162-165,169,172 / Proverbs 13:5 / Revelation 22:15 / Deuteronomy 18:20-22 / James 3:1 / John 3:9-11 / Titus 1:7-16 / Luke 12:47-48 / Galatians 1:1-3,6-12 / Isaiah 28:9-10 / Matthew 13:52, 7:15-20 / Jeremiah 14:14-16, 23:16-40 / Ezekiel 13:6 / Acts 20:29-30 / 1 Timothy 6:3-5 / 2 Corinthians 2:17 / 2 Peter 2:1-3 / Romans 16:17-18 / 2 Timothy 4:2-4)!

Many believe today, that all these different churches of Christ, although somewhat divided (some believing one thing and another church believing something else), that somehow they are all the extended Body of Christ; or they believe in what the Catholic church and her protestant sisters refer to as, “The Great Church Universal”. You should know that all of “Christendom”, as defined by the world and her churches, is not the True Church or the body of Christ! Jesus separates himself and His Saints, from this world’s organized Christianity, which reigns over the kings of the earth (Revelation 17:1-18)! Rome and the Catholic Church started SUN DAY observance – and if your church is still keeping sun day – for any reason; you may want to repent – according to Scripture – and get rid of the name God has given “your” church: “WHORE” – Revelation 17:15!!!

The True Body of Christ will always have NOT just one, but ALL the Signs (plural) of God; and never the mark of the beast (Exodus 31:12-18 / Leviticus 23:1-4)!!! To find out more about what the mark of the beast is, and how it is Scripturally contrasted with “The Sign of God”, we invite you to read our Bible Study: Do You Have The Sign Of God? (at www.onug.us).        

Scripture shows us that false doctrines can be Dangerous!!!  www.onug.us

They can confuse immature Christians (Ephesians 4:14). False doctrines can destroy a person’s faith (1 Timothy 4:1-2 / 2 Timothy 2:17-18 / Titus 1:11). False teachers ruin the credibility of True Christianity (2 Peter 2:1-3)!!! What, Where, How, and Why did Jesus DO what He DID? Copy Christ; copy those who are copying Christ (Acts 2:41-47)!!! Your FATE depends upon it!!!

The Bible teaches us to TEST our teachers, prove that what they are saying is “Gospel”, we must verify everything, correct errors – even those errors which we have been holding onto for many years, and if necessary, even rebuke a teacher when they insist on proclaiming falsehoods and lies (1 Thessalonians 5:21 / Acts 17:11 / Revelation 2:2 / 2 Timothy 4:2-4, 3:16-17 / 1 Timothy 1:3-4 / Titus 1:9-13, 2:15 / 2 Timothy 2:16-18)! www.onug.us

God also admonishes us to be HUMBLE before Him as we learn of His Truth (James 4:1-17)!!!

We should love and respect those God has given to be leaders, and teachers of His Ways (Hebrews 13:7-8, 13-19). Remember, YOU also, are all being called now to be future world leaders and teachers of the Kingdom of God in the world tomorrow (Revelation 5:9-10, 20:4-6)! Test and Judge all those called to preach and called to teach; but never self-righteously, hypocritically, or with sinful motives. Render Honor to God’s Word and those who are called to Preach it; and you in turn will be honored by those whom God will call to learn from YOU in the appointed time (1 Timothy 5:17 / 1 Thessalonians 5:12 / 1 Peter 2:17 / 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 / Matthew 7:1-5 / Proverbs 6:16-19 / Romans 12:10 / Philippians 2:3 / Colossians 3:12 / Titus 3:1-2 / 1 Peter 5:5 / Ephesians 4:2 / 1 Peter 3:8). www.onug.us

The Broad Way that so many find:                  www.onug.us

The Bible is full of warnings against false teachings! But just because someone can quote the Scriptures doesn’t necessarily mean they are teaching God’s Truth! Even Satan quoted Scripture when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-7). Rat poison is a little bit of poison hidden in mostly good food, and so the devil’s lies are also hidden in the meat of Scripture!

Likewise, when we Scripturally analyze most self-professed Christian churches and organizations today; we don’t find them trumpeting the same Gospel message that Jesus preached! Why is that? Why do they all believe and do contrary to what Jesus said and did? If they really believe that the example which Jesus set for us was so wrong; why do they still claim to recognize Him as the living head of their churches and organizations (John 10:27-28)? Because they want eternal life and they know Jesus is the source of that life; they just don’t want to follow the example of Christ to get it!!! They want eternal life, they just don’t want to listen to and obey the voice of Jesus to get it (John 10:1-5)!!! This is the ultimate definition of vanity and futility!

When we Scripturally analyze most of the self-professed Christian churches and organizations today; we must ask ourselves why they follow customs and practices that are diametrically opposed to those Jesus Christ established by personal example, and the Godly customs given to us by the original church leadership - the Apostles (teachers), under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God? www.onug.us

Is it possible for any organization of which Christ is now truly the head; for that organization to actually think that Jesus was so wrong in what He established, that they must change all of Jesus’ original precepts? I think not (Deuteronomy 12:28-32 / Isaiah 28:9-10)! GOD THUNDERS OUT: “You shall not do so unto the LORD your God!” You cannot incorporate any pagan ritual or custom into the worship of the True God – not even one (John 4:23-24 / Luke 6:46 / Malachi 1:6-10 / Matthew 7:21 /James 1:22-25)!!! www.onug.us

We as CHRIST FOLLOWERS, must CONTINUE IN THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY! Or else we are on the wide, broad path to DESTRUCTION; or else we have built our house on shifting sand and it will COLLAPSE!

We have looked at a lot of Scripture today to PROVE GOD’S TRUTH; and rebuke man’s human reasoning! We've been going through the New Testament to see what Jesus Christ did preach, what example the LORD (our MASTER) did set for us, and what Jesus taught the original Apostles (teachers), who at the time of Christ’s Ministry, were called the Disciples (or students). Now, a disciple is a student and a learner. The original disciples were going to school as students, so to speak, and Jesus Christ was their teacher! Jesus as the High Priest of God, was teaching them HOW TO WORSHIP GOD – CORRECTLY (Matthew 13:52)! That is always what a real High Priest does! After they were taught, then they were given the official designation of Apostles (or Teachers). An Apostle of Christ is in effect, ALSO an ambassador of the Kingdom of God; Who by his office, carries the authority to represent his government. An Apostle’s job, as an ambassador, is to CORRECTLY represent his government in foreign lands (2 Corinthians 5:19-21). We, as Ambassadors to Christ, are to teach all the world’s nations about God’s Ways and customs (Mark 16:15 / Matthew 28:18-20); to establish trade and cultural exchange. Our Father has many Ambassadors of the Kingdom of God around the world today (from every kindred, tongue, nation and people), and you can always know them because the carry the Sign of God, and speak the Father’s Words as Jesus spoke them (John 10:16, 12:49-50 / Revelation 5:9-10 / Exodus 31:13, 16-17)!

Jesus talked about a Government but you don't hear that in the most churches today! Jesus talked about a Kingdom (The King’s Dominion), the Kingdom of God! His whole message, His whole Gospel concerned the Kingdom of God coming to this earth (Matthew 5:5, 6:9-10 / Psalm 37:9, 11, 22, 29, 34 / Zechariah 14:4-5 / Revelation 21:1-8)! Jesus went about doing two things: preaching the Kingdom of God and healing the sick / casting out demons - which is closely akin to healing (Matthew 10:5-15)! That is exactly what Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples (students) to do during their period of training (Christ’s earthly three and a half years of ministry); and later as apostles (teachers), after they had “Graduated” on the Day of Pentecost, and received Power (the very Spirit of God) to do the work for which they had been called and trained to do! We are meant to be Leaders and Teachers of God’s Way! We were born to be both Kings and Priests to teach the world how to CORRECTLY worship God the Father in the World Tomorrow (Revelation 20:6)!

Jesus spoke in parables (word puzzles) so the masses of people who followed Him would not understand His Message until their appointed time to understand it (Matthew 13:10-11). But Jesus did say that He would reveal His Truth to His Disciples (students) so they could learn the Plan of God – and then later teach it CORRECTLY as apostles (Matthew 13:12-17). This is still true today for those whom God calls today; Jesus will still give you ALL Understanding (John 15:15-16)! It is given for YOU to understand!

The Narrow Gate:                                         www.onug.us

In Matthew 7:13, Jesus said, "Enter ye in by the narrow gate." Now, this was Jesus teaching His own disciples. Was He wrong? This isn't how we hear Christ’s teachings taught in most churches today! It isn’t how most who profess Christ have heard it or learned it today! But Jesus did say, "Enter in by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to..." what?

Not to Heaven. He didn't say it leads to Heaven. He said that that gate – the way that is easy, that is popular, the way the crowds are going, the way that millions of religious professing people, and Christian professing people are going - leads to destruction!!!

Neither did Jesus say it led to burning forever and ever! He never said that – ever; contrary to what you probably have grown up believing! But ministers in church, every Sunday, will tell you that! Now Jesus did talk about a Gehenna Fire, which is erroneously translated into the English words of “hell” and “hellfire”. But Jesus was talking about a kind of fire that destroyed the bodies of animals and even of criminals and of the garbage and other junk and things that were thrown down off that ledge of the valley of Hinnom at the south gate of the city of Jerusalem. It destroyed and burned up all that was put into it (Psalm 37:20).

Are You Confused about Hell?                www.onug.us

There are four words that are translated into our English word “Hell” in the Bible, and they mean three very different places. We invite you to go to www.onug.us and read our Bible Study: Just What The Heck Do You Mean By Hell?

Jesus said the broad way leads to destruction. He didn't say it leads to living in a hellfire full of burning, screaming, being tortured forever people; but that the broad way leads to destruction! And He said, "MANY there be" and "MANY be they that enter in thereby..."!!! Jesus did not say only a few are going the wrong way. He said that many are going the wrong way! That is the MAJORITY of humanity today; the majority of Christianity today! www.onug.us

ALWAYS in the teachings of Jesus, always in the prophecies of the Bible, always in the prophecies of the New Testament; we find it is the MANY that are being deceived! We find among the ministers and the preachers, that it is the false prophets that are in the MAJORITY; it is always MANY false prophets!

Nowhere do we find that many are being saved, that many are preaching the Truth, that many are the True Ministers of Jesus Christ! You cannot find, anywhere in your Bible, that the majority of Christians are getting it right, have gotten it right, or will get it right, until Jesus returns to this earth in Power and in Glory!

And yet haven't we believed that these many, these popular denominations, that they're all the real true churches of Christ, and all these ministers are the true ministers of the Son of God, Jesus Christ? They claim to be! And Yes, we have believed; and we were deceived (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)! Today, they do preach another Jesus! They preach another Jesus that did not agree with His Father's commandments! They try to tell you, "You're not under the Law. Oh, no, the Law is a bad thing. You don't have to obey the Law." Then they take some of these passages of the Apostle Paul, whose writings Peter said are hard to be understood and which many that are unlearned and unstable, wrest or twist and distort as they do also the other scriptures to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:14-18)!

Have you ever heard a preacher tell you that Jesus nailed His Father's Commandments to the cross; that He did away with the Law, that Law is really bad and give you the impression that God's Law is not good? These preachers tell you to go the way which seems right to a man, which seems right to you, "God's Word is no good. God's Law is not good. God's Law is bad. Oh my, we don't want that! Why that would be a terrible thing if we were under the Law of God! But Jesus was kind and loving and Jesus did away with His Father's Commandments." Have you ever heard any preaching like that (Jeremiah 10:23-24 / Proverbs 3:6, 16:1, 9, 20:24 / Isaiah 26:7 / Daniel 5:23 / Psalm 17:5, 37:23 / Matthew 5:17-20)? These ministers teach and preach another Jesus that is not in your Bible! Are you beginning to realize what you have been listening to? Do you understand what you have been hearing? These ministers are the ones that Jesus and the Apostles warned you about!!! They take little pieces of scripture here, and little pieces there; then distort them out of their context! They twist a little here, and a little there, and without you reading your Bible and obeying what it says (Psalm 111:10); they can make you think the Bible says anything they want it to say! That’s exactly what you've been listening to, and believing! You have swallowed their subtle deception - hook, line and sinker! But now it is time we WAKE UP and take their hooks out of our mouths (James 4:8 / Isaiah 28:9-10 / Matthew 13:52)!                       

True Followers of Christ have a God Given obligation to proclaim the Real King! To preach His Message – The True Gospel; they will NEVER give in to the desires of evil men to stifle and hinder the TRUTH (Luke 19:33-40)!!! You and I have to tell the TRUTH! God’s truth!!! We don’t serve men, we serve ONLY God!!! And when we serve God by Preaching His TRUTH, then we do honorable service to our fellow man too (Isaiah 52:7-8 / Romans 10:14-15)!!!

The Jesus of the Bible kept His Father's Commandments! He set us an example that we should follow His very footsteps (1 Peter 2:21-22 / Matthew 11:29, 16:24). He said he had spoken nothing of Himself; the Father that sent Him gave Him a commandment what to say and what to speak (John 5:19, 8:28-29, 12:49-50).

Jesus told us if we want to enter into life, if you want to be saved, if you want eternal life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS (Matthew 19:17)! How many ministers will preach that today? How many believe it today? They tell you to do just exactly the opposite. They turn the Bible upside down (Isaiah 5:20)! It’s time to wake up and realize what you have been accepting – falsely; and what we have been believing – falsely! It’s time to get back to God’s Way, and that starts by FOLLOWING Jesus’ every word and His every act (James 4:8 / 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 / Romans 2:13, 1:28-32 / Psalm 119:172 / 1 John 3:4 / Romans 3:31, 4:15)!

If the Law was done away with, if there is no law, there is no transgression... And where there is no transgression, there's no sin, because sin is the transgression of the Law. If there's no law, there's no transgression, then there's no sin. If there's no law, then you don't need a Savior!

You know it's was The Law that took Jesus' life! He didn't take the Law; it was The Law that took Him! Jesus didn't do away with The Law! Jesus took over your sins; He took over our transgressions of that Law, in our stead - and the Law took His life in exchange for yours and mine!!! Thank You, Jesus!!!

That same Law, still in effect today, is going to take your life if you don't accept what Jesus did for you, and if you don’t repent of your transgressions (sins – the violation of His LAW); and BEGIN to keep that Law of God!!! Yes, You need a Savior, and AFTER He has washed away your sins with His Blood, You still need to follow Him and Obey Him (1 John 2:1-6)!

Is the Law sin? Many ministers think so today! Let’s see for ourselves (Romans 7:7, 12). If there are preachers who are telling you that the LAW was bad and that it needed to be done away with; you can be sure they are false preachers - and I am not afraid to label them so - in the Name of, and by the Authority of Jesus Christ; in whose Name, and by whose Authority I am compelled to speak!!! www.onug.us

"Wherefore, The Law is Holy..." Then it must be better than you and I are! Are you holy? Not unless you have the Spirit of God in you; and even then, you yourself are not holy! It's only the Spirit of God in you that's Holy and It makes you holy; and you are holy only to the extent that you have the Holy Spirit of God in you - and the Holy Spirit of God in you, is the Love of God, shed abroad in your heart that fulfills God's Law (Romans 5:5)!!!

You do not have the Holy Spirit unless you're obedient to God's Law, because God gives His Holy Spirit only to those that obey Him! Now, if you think you've got the Holy Spirit and you don't obey God, you have been terribly deceived!!! You may have a spirit inside you; but it’s not the Holy Spirit of God – if you are constantly breaking God’s Commandments, and not walking in Jesus’ footsteps! The Holy Spirit of God will lead you in all understanding (John 16:13)! You had better cry out to God for mercy, and find out what spirit has been possessing you!!!

"For we know that the law is spiritual," Paul says (Romans 7:14), but what about you and me? Paul says, "I am carnal, sold under sin." Yes, you and I are VERY carnal! Paul also says that the carnal mind is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. The carnal mind is enmity against God." It thinks God is all wrong. There are a lot of carnal minds out there preaching today, and God have mercy on them, because what you are reading here is God’s Truth!!! www.onug.us

Let’s close with Matthew 7:13-14 again. "Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be that enter in thereby.” What Jesus is saying is, ‘Listen to this!’ Is this Broad way the popular way? Does this Broad way consist of the millions that go to church each week and who very smugly think, "Now, I've done my duty, I've spent an hour in church"? Is the Broad way those who spend most of their time in church listening to, or singing some beautiful music, and enjoying a nice beautiful ceremony, with people in their colorful choir robes, and enjoying all the beautiful pageantry, and then they finish it all off with a twenty-five minute sermon? Are these people on the Broad way, who as they then leave church, simply go about their own way for the entire rest of the week, doing simply as they please? Yes, these are just a few of the church going folks, who are on the Broad way… and they think everything is going to be alright – because they have Jesus in their hearts!

Is that the way you've been looking at this thing? Isn't it about time we all began to wake up? Isn't about time we began to look at this from Jesus’ point of view instead of your own (Proverbs 3:1-26)? News Flash folks: Jesus doesn’t really care what you think about how you worship Him! HE wants you to care that your Christian life doesn’t vaguely resemble what He taught His disciples to do! He wants you to wake up! To repent! To change and come back to Him (John 4:23-24 / Exodus 31:12-18 / Leviticus 23:1-44 / Isaiah 66:23-24 / Revelation 22:14-15)!

Let’s Recap!

“Like a very strong cup of coffee is to your body early in the morning; so is a Scriptural comparison of your Christian beliefs and practices to those of Jesus and the original apostles. You will either wake up or you will stop drinking coffee and go back to sleep!” www.onug.us

God is Calling you to HEAR His Truth!!!

"Many will come in that day and say, Lord, Lord, didn't we preach in your name and by your name cast out demons..." and all that sort of thing; and He says I'll profess to them, "I never knew you. Depart from me ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23)." Workers of iniquity are those who break the Commandments, and they are those who don't like to hear the Law of God, or to do what their Father is asking them to do!!!

I hope that is not you! I hope you will now prepare yourself to enter into the Narrow Gate (Mark 7:7-8)! There are going to be many, many disappointed and deceived individuals, many who call themselves Christians, who simply – according to the very Words of Jesus, will not be able get in!!! www.onug.us

We are not justified BY THE LAW - we are justified by the blood of Jesus Christ! But this justification will be given only on condition that we REPENT of our transgressions of God's Law - and so it is, after all, only the DOERS of the Law that shall be JUSTIFIED (Romans 2:13)! How plain, and how beautiful is God's TRUTH!

We are honored that you joined us today, in the Study of God’s Word! We hope that you will join us again next week, and that you will continue to share what you have learned here, with others – at home, at work, and in your neighborhood (Matthew 28:18-20 / Mark 16:15-20)! May our Great God, Bless you and keep you, until then – in Jesus’ Name!!!

  •                                                                                         Submitted by R.C. Brown III

One Nation Under God Ministries                                             www.onug.us

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God is calling YOU to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and the first century church, can you hear His Voice (1 John 2:6 / Matthew 11:29)? The Sabbath and Holy Days show us God’s Plan. When we keep these Holy Days we become the very Voice of God to this fallen world; we are in effect saying, by our actions on each Feast Day, “Come LORD Jesus, Come” (Revelation 22:12, 17, 20-21)!!! We are actually confessing Christ before men (Matthew 10:32-33)!

The faithful and obedient in Christ will always keep God’s True Holy Days and Sabbath; and will reject the pagan lies and substitutions of God’s TRUTH (Revelation 22:11-15)! God’s Holy Days are meant for Christians to ENJOY! They truly are FEAST DAYS, meant to be enjoyed by God’s elect everywhere, throughout time, FOREVER!!!

If you have never faithfully kept God’s seventh day Sabbath holy or God’s Holy Days, the way Jesus Christ did – in the flesh, and in the fellowship of other followers of the Son of Man; we invite you to obediently enter into God’s rest today, and to keep the Feasts of the LORD (Hebrews 4:1-11 / Leviticus 23:1-44)! Contact us to find out where we fellowship and worship God, in your area, on His Sabbath Days (Exodus 31:12-18). We would love to hear from you and help get you started! :o)

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Christians must learn to read the Bible, interpret the scriptures according to Biblical principles (Isaiah 28:9-10, / Matthew 13:52), and begin to apply the precepts they learn in their walk with God. Individual study is essential; coupled with fellowship times of group study, worship, and discussions of personal insights and observations.

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