The Circuit Rider: Song Asks - ‘Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart’
The narrow gate is wide enough for any sinner, but too strait for his sins. This is expressed in the language of Jesus when He said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me daily.” Again He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me. Now the narrow gate is Christ. The Christian path is strait.
Christ is open and willing to receive anyone who will come to Him. At the same time, while the gate is narrow and the way is strait, that gate is wide enough for any sinner but it is too straight for any sin. We cannot drag our sins along with us. There is a statement in the Old Testament that says the people committed their sins and went on serving God. This was provoking to God and judgment had to come.
We are living in a day when we have a form of godliness. We want the outward appearance of righteousness but this form of godliness has denied the power. There is forgiving power, there is pardoning power, and there is delivering power. Christ died not only to save us from our sins, but also to deliver us from this present evil world.
The thought of our day is: live like the devil, everything is all right, and you are going to die like an angel if you just have a form of godliness and a pretence of righteousness. That is deceptive thinking. Jesus is coming back for a Church not having spot or wrinkle. We must remember the text: “Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.”