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Striving to Enter the Strait Gate

As Jesus was teaching about the Kingdom of God through parables, he was asked: “Are there few to be saved?” Jesus’ reply was not as direct as the question, rather he told his listeners what they should do. He said:

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. (Luke 13:24 KJV)

I like the way Weymouth’s translation puts it:

“Strain every nerve to force your way in through the narrow gate,” He answered; “for multitudes, I tell you, will endeavour to find a way in and will not succeed. (Luke 13:24 WNT)

To strive is agonizomai (G75) in the Greek. We get our word agonize from this word. I am to agonize over entering this narrow or strait gate (Luke 13:24). Jesus was in agonia (G74) or agony in Gethsemane (Luke 22:44). We get these words from the root word agon (G73), which is translated in the New Testament as “fight, continue, conflict or race.” The word relationships are interesting and reveal a picture of our spiritual struggle as we enter the strait gate. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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The Three Tenses of Salvation

The Scriptures reveal there are three phases of our salvation. Our salvation has a past, a present, and a future. Ephesians 2:5 says Christ saved me in the past. I had nothing to do with this area of my salvation, because I was dead in my sins. In other words, I was spiritually dead, and a dead person cannot do anything, think anything or say anything. I was helpless and hopeless, until Christ died for me on the cross, reconciling me to God (2Corinthians 5:14-19). This is the past tense of salvation. I have been saved period. I did nothing to accomplish it, and I can do nothing to destroy it. In the past I have been saved from the penalty due my sins (Romans 6:23), once and for all time, by the death of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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