Few There Be that Find It
Jesus condemned comfortable and popular religion to hell.
Few There Be that Find It
“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: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
- As our blessed Lord began to bring His Sermon on the Mount to a close, He gave a very sober invitation.
- [Most men want to go to heaven; most men want some religion; but very few want Jesus as Lord and King.
- No one in Noah’s day wanted to drown; they all wanted to live and breath; but they did not want his God.]
- Jesus’ sermon contained many hard sayings and a very high standard of righteousness for carnal religionists.
- Having defined the character of the citizens of Zion, the kingdom of heaven, Jesus compared the choices!
- There is the road to hell that is easy and popular; there is the road to heaven that is difficult and despised.
- Our text is a warning about the comfort, ease, and popularity of living a carnal religious life and going to hell.
- We should not get too literal with the metaphor here, anymore than with foundations and storms (7:24-27).
- Every man chooses either Christ’s strict and unpopular religion or the world’s easy and popular Christianity.
- Jesus was not comparing Christianity to Paganism, but true Christianity to carnal religion (Matthew 5:19-20).
- Carnal Christianity is very appealing and comfortable (wide gait / broad way) and popular (many are there).
- The heavenly way of life is very difficult and restrictive, and the true kingdom of Christ is not popular at all.
- We enter the strait gate – very tight, difficult, restrictive – as a straitjacket is tight, difficult, and restrictive.
- Because the wide gate and broad way, the easy and popular way of life, brings destruction here and hereafter.
- But the strait gate and narrow way, the righteous life described by Jesus Christ, leads to life now and later!
- The exhortation and warning is clear – don’t measure by ease or popularity; measure by final destination.
- The consequences are also clear – the way of Jesus Christ will be unpopular and criticized for hardness.
- Only a few will find it – by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ – to press into His kingdom (Luke 16:16).
- Are you offended that the way of Christ will only be found by a few? Are you offended with a small church?
- Now read Matthew 7:21-23; Psalm 15, and II Peter 1:10-11 to understand the character of the truly elect.
- They that have or desire riches cannot get in this gate, short of a miracle of God (Mat 19:23-26; I Tim 6:9-10).
- They that want popularity or friendship with the world cannot get in this gate (James 4:4; I John 2:15-17).
- Our lesson for tonight is the extreme unpopularity of Bible Christianity, especially in these perilous times.
Few there be that find it.
- How few are there who find it? In the days of Noah only a few, eight, were saved (I Peter 3:20).
- How few? In the days of Noah, only he found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Gen 6:8; Heb 11:7).
- How few? Jesus referred to His church as “little flock,” which is not a mega-church (Luke 12:32).
- Jesus asked if He would find faith when He returned, in spite of His faithfulness (Luke 18:8).
- Jesus knew why His doctrine and methods did not work, because men hate the truth (John 8:45).
- And He kept cutting the multitudes down to size by the high cost of discipleship and exposing them.
- How few? Leading up to Pentecost there were only 120 together after John and Jesus (Acts 1:15).
- Immediately after the great blessing of Pentecost, many began to corrupt the truth (II Cor 2:17).
- John saw this and said the whole world lieth in wickedness (I John 5:19). Is this arrogance? No!
- We were told of a great falling away and some departing from the faith (II Thess 2:3; I Tim 4:1-3).
- A perilous compromising of Christianity would force withdrawal and separation (II Timothy 3:1-5).
- False teachers and silly women would be ever learning but never able to find the truth (II Tim 3:6-7).
- Living godly lives outside the compromising trend of the times would bring persecution (II Ti 3:12).
- Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (II Timothy 3:13).
- This downgrade would include rejection of sound doctrine for fables and entertainment (II Ti 4:3-4).
- We are in living in this prophesied compromise of Bible Christianity, with the evidence all around.
- Baptists are ashamed of the name; they are ashamed of the mode; and they are nothing like John!
- Our church is small; it will remain small regardless of our efforts, unless the Lord does a miracle.
- There are churches in our city more than doubling each year, as they make the gate wider and wider.
- The tastes of our nation have drastically changed, but our menu remains the same, so sales go down!
- As in former times, they want us to change the menu, but we cannot and will not (Isaiah 30:8-11).
- There is no promise of revival, in spite of Presbyterian and other post-tribulationist’s hallucinations.
- We are at a memorable anniversary here – 23 years since founding and 10 years since withdrawing.
- Jesus warned, When iniquity abounds, the love of many waxes cold – for God and truth (Mat 24:12).
- Even the faithful apostle Paul had to say that all men had forsaken him in Rome (II Timothy 4:16).
- We are fishing for men, for the Lord Jesus Christ and the kingdom of heaven, so we wait on our net.
- As we put truth in cyberspace and wait for fish to get caught there, we must not expect to sink ships!
- The effect of this sermon should be thankfulness (Genesis 32:10; Matthew 11:25-27; 13:16).
- The effect of this sermon should cause prayerfulness (Psalm 119:136; II Timothy 4:16; Rom 10:1-2).
- The effect of this sermon should be perseverance (Hebrews 3:6; 4:14; 10:23; Revelation 2:25; 3:3).
- The effect of this sermon should be to love sound doctrine and promote it (Ps 119:128; Jude 1:3-4).
- What did the publicans and harlots do with His unpopular message?
- They confessed and repented of their sins and were baptized (Luke 7:29)!
- What did the religious fundamentalists do with His unpopular message?
- They rejected the strait and narrow way and rejected God’s word (Luke 7:30)!
- The believers were saved forty years later; the Pharisees were buried by Rome!
- If you believe on Jesus Christ and are baptized, then believe even more (I John 5:13).
- And hear His call for whatever service you can give in His kingdom (Isaiah 6:8).