Message 11 - By Jerry D. Green



Jesus had told the Jews, and His disciples, that He was going away. Now, the very day before He would go to the cross, He tells His disciples that the time for Him to go away is at hand.  He tells them, “I go (to my Father) to prepare a place for you…” (John 14:2). “And… (where) I go ye know, and the WAY ye know (John 14:4).” Thomas protests, saying Lord we don’t know where you’re going, how can we know the way? “Jesus saith unto him (and to them, and to us), I AM The WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME” (John 14:6). In that, nothing has changed from that day to this, nor will it ever change. Jesus is still THE WAY, the ONLY WAY, to God the Father; and NO MAN can, nor ever will, come to the Father except by Him. So don’t waste your precious days on this earth looking for a way to God other than Jesus Christ and His gospel. There is no other way, nor will there ever be. And if you never accept the WAY God has provided through Jesus Christ and His gospel, you will be forever lost in whatever religion you allow the devil to deceive you into placing your faith in. This includes, not only the multitudes of heathen religions, but multitudes of “so called” Christian religions as well. So let God speak to your heart as you read this message and if you find that perhaps you have been on the wrong WAY, submit your life, your all, unto God and the provision which He has provided for all of lost humanity, by and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and the true gospel of Him. JDG



“…I AM The *WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but BY ME” (John 14:6).

*Strong’s #3598 - a road; by implication a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively, a mode or means.

Could this be true? Is there really only one way to come to the true and living God; and that being by His Son Jesus, the Christ? Yes, this is absolutely true, yet untold millions, even billions of lost souls are trying to come to God by some other means (without Jesus and/or without the TRUE gospel of Him, which “…is the power of God unto salvation to every one that…” believes it (Romans 1:16). Why would anyone do this? It is because they have been beguiled by the devil, working through men, to convince them there is another way. Jesus also says in Matthew 7, Verse 13, “Enter ye in at the strait (the narrow, obstructed) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: And verse 14, (For) strait is the gate, and narrow (filled with tribulation) is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find IT.”

I will first point out that strait in these two verses is a good translation if we understand the English definition of the word. This English word conveys the thought of “narrow” and/or “restricted.” However, the word translated narrow in the second verse (verse 14) was not the best translation. This Greek word more correctly conveys the thought, “to crowd or press hard upon, to pressure.” Let’s examine the definitions of these and other original Greek words used in these two verses, in Strong’s Greek Dictionary and Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon.

Matthew 7, Verse 13 - “Enter ye in at the *strait (*Strong’s #4728, narrow [from obstacles standing close about]) *gate: (*Strong’s #4439, an access or entrance.).  In the case of this parable, the strait, or narrow gate represents the true gospel of Jesus, the Christ. For *wide (*Strong’s #4113 - broad, spacious, unrestricted) is the gate (the access; the entrance), and *broad (*Strong’s #2149, wide and spacious) is the *way (*Strong’s #3598, a road; by implication a progress [the route, act or distance]; figuratively, a mode or means; [whereupon is every type of false religious error, including perverted Christian religion; i.e., “the lie;” Galatians 1:6-7; John 8:44]) that leadeth to *destruction (*Strong’s #684, eternal ruin or loss). Thayer’s has it, “the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell”), and MANY there be which go in thereat” (at the wide gate and broad way of eternal destruction).

Jesus continues in Verse 14, concerning the STRAIT GATE (which is representative of the true gospel of Christ; which is the power of God unto salvation to all who will believe it [Romans 1:16]. Our entrance, or access, to the Father, is the narrow Way of truth and life [Jesus, the Christ, and the true gospel of Him]). Jesus goes on to say, “…strait (which actually means, narrow and/or obstructed from obstacles standing close about) is the *gate (the access or entrance) and *narrow (*Strong’s #2346; which means, crowded with trouble, tribulation, distress, affliction, persecution, and all such things; Acts 14:21-22; I Thessalonians 3:3-5; II Thessalonians 1:3-5), is the WAY, which leadeth unto (the primary source of all) LIFE (which is the FATHER), and FEW there be that FIND IT (meaning; Jesus and the true gospel of Him, who is the WAY to the Father of LIFE; Matthew 7:14; 11:12; Luke 13:24; 16:16).” In Verse 15 He continues with another warning, “Beware of false prophets (Satan’s ministers who bring their perverted gospels of death; Acts 15:1-11,) which come to you in sheep’s clothing (in the guise of true gospel ministers) but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15; II Corinthians 11:13-15).

I saw a man on national TV some years ago who held to a prominent world religion. He literally had to go to the ends of the earth to (supposedly) be cleansed concerning something which he had mistakenly eaten. In my sadness I could only wonder at the darkness of religion and of that which man will ignorantly do in an attempt to be in right standing with God. Unfortunately, the darkness of religion is not excluded to those who call themselves the church of Jesus Christ. The broad way of religion is well entrenched in the confines of the church. These, are those who Jesus was warning of who would come, not only from without (outside) the church; but from within the very church itself (Acts 20:29-30; I John 2:18-19). Those who would feign themselves to be true brethren, when in fact they would be, either ignorantly or otherwise, “…grievous (ravening) wolves,…not sparing the flock…of God…” (Acts 20:29; I Peter 5:2).

From the early prophets, God began to speak of the coming Redeemer as the way. Isaiah 35:8-10 tell us that, a “…highway (a broad way) shall be there, and a WAY (a narrow way), and IT (the narrow way) shall be called The WAY of HOLINESS. The unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those (who have entered through the strait gate): the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein” (shall not accidentally, and/or haphazardly, stumble onto this way, ‘…for… [God only rewards those who] …DILIGENTLY SEEK Him; Hebrews 11:6). For, “No lion (No devil) shall be there (on that narrow way), nor (neither shall) any ravenous beast …go up thereon, it (or, they) shall not be found there; but the REDEEMED shall walk there. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

So how could a way, so “…freely given…, to “…whosoever will…, be found by only a “…few…” (I Corinthians 2:12; Revelation 22:17; Matthew 7:14)? This is just one more example God has given of the two ways. The “…highway…” (the broad way) which seems right to someone who doesn’t know and love the truth, is in reality a way of death and destruction (Proverbs 14:12). While the narrow way, “…The WAY…” of truth and life, which is Jesus, the Christ, leads to The FATHER of all LIFE.

The entrance to both of these ways is a gate, but wide is the gate which leads to the broad way of religion, and certain destruction (sin, death, and ultimately the lake of fire); while the strait gate (though it be narrow, and obstructed by many obstacles) is the gate of the true gospel of Jesus, the Christ, our access to the narrow WAY, by which, we access the FATHER of ALL TRUTH, and therefore LIFE. This is the only means by which a person will ever obtain access The FATHER of LIFE. Why is this WAY so pressed by tribulation, affliction, distress, and persecutions (Strong’s #2346)? It is because it is a WAY of HOLINESS and GODLINESS, both of which, for the believer, are by Jesus Christ and His gospel. The world hates the righteousness and true holiness which comes only from God (Ephesians 4:24); thus, all those who “…live GODLY in Christ Jesus SHALL suffer persecution” as a part of the tribulation which we as the true children of God are promised, in, and from the world (II Timothy 3:12; John 16:33).

Isaiah speaking prophetically says this, “Yet it PLEASED the LORD (the Father) to bruise Him (His Son, Jesus); He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul (His body) an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand” (Isaiah 53:10). How important is the strait gate of the true gospel of Jesus (the complete, finished work of Calvary)? Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane saying, “O my Father, IF IT BE POSSIBLE, let this cup (of physical and mental suffering and agony unto death that He would have to endure to save US) pass from me: nevertheless NOT as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). Mark adds a detail that Matthew left out, “…Father, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless NOT what I will, but what thou wilt” (Mark 14:36). Yes, it was possible for God to have taken that cup of suffering and death from Him, but if He had, the entire world would all be lost. No one would look forward to enduring such horrible things as Jesus suffered and God would never have ask anyone else to have done so. Why? Because it would have all been in vain. The sacrificial offering of the sinless body of Jesus Christ was the only possible way for mankind to be saved. Like anyone else in a flesh and blood body, Jesus was not looking forward to enduring the horrendous torment and agony it would take to purchase our salvation. This was the reason Jesus had to know absolutely and for certain that it was the Father’s will for Him to drink that cup, and, that there was not even a remote POSSIBILITY for you and I to be saved from sin and everlasting destruction by any other means. Only the (agape) love of God could have ever allowed His only begotten Son to endure such suffering, and only the (agape) love of God could ever have been willing to suffer such for the likes of you and me. It is impossible for the carnal mind to comprehend such a love, but “…God was IN Christ (loving and), reconciling the WORLD (all of lost humanity) unto Himself…and hath committed unto us (all those who have received Him [John 1:12] His true church) the WORD of reconciliation” (the gospel of Christ; II Corinthians 5:18-19), “…the WORD of THE (TRUE) GOSPEL…” (Acts 15:7). As true believers we are commissioned to preach and teach the true gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.

We are told by many that we all worship the same God, we just have our own way of getting to Him. NO! Jesus did not say in vain, “…I AM THE WAY… (and) …NO MAN cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only way to the Father and all those who would enter any other way are thieves and robbers (John 10:1). But unbeknown to themselves, they also ignorantly worship another god, the devil, the god of this WORLD (II Corinthians 4:3-4). And again, Strong’s definition of the Greek word which was translated way (#3598) says it is “…a road; by implication a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively, a mode or means.” Jesus is that way, that route, that road, that mode, the only means of man coming unto the Father, and there is absolutely no other way for man to come to the Father but by Him.

“…Strait (obstructed) is the gate (the entrance to the way) and narrow (crowded with trouble, affliction, and tribulation; Acts 14:22-23; I Thessalonians 3:4) is the way, which leadeth unto LIFE (Jesus, by whom we have access to the Father, who is LIFE eternal) ….” Remember, the word strait (Strong’s #4728) means “narrow (from obstacles standing close about).” This gate is not easy to negotiate; not because isn’t sufficiently wide, but because of all the obstructions (every false doctrine, every false way) which the devil and his ministers have built around and about the entrance to TRUTH and LIFE to hinder those who desire to find it. Why would God allow this to be? It is to try (test or prove) your heart so that He may “…know whether… (you) …LOVE the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3). If a person does not LOVE both God and truth (and these are inseparable) with a whole heart, they will never find the gate (the true gospel), which is the entrance to the way (Jesus) who is our access to the Father. It is only faith in Jesus and the true gospel that makes the believer free indeed FROM sin. Yet there are billions of deceived souls who think they have found, or will find, another way. This is a false hope which leads only to certain destruction. How truly did Jesus say, “…few there be that find IT.” These six words should be enough to get the attention of anyone, especially when we are told of the great numbers of people who are being saved today.

Remember that the Greek word, here translated *narrow from Strong’s #2346 - means, crowded with trouble; distress; affliction; persecution; tribulation; concerning Jesus Christ, the way. It doesn’t mean there is not sufficient room. It simply describes the inevitable tribulation: trouble, affliction, and persecution which the true child of God will endure in some measure, for the sake of Jesus Christ (“…the KINGDOM of God, and His righteousness…; Matthew 6:33) and His gospel (Acts 14:22).

Nonetheless, there is no latitude concerning any other way. There must be no mingling with anything else: not our works and Him; not our laws and Him; and not our doctrine and Him. Our faith can only be IN Jesus Christ as the one and only Messiah of God, and the pure, true, simple gospel of Him (that which He did for us through His physical suffering and death on the cross of Calvary). To mingle that gospel with anything else is to pervert (change) it and destroy it’s POWER to save and keep. If you were ever saved by the pure, true, simple gospel, you will fall from grace if you pollute it (Galatians 1:6-7; 5:4). Only faith in the pure, true, simple, unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ will bring you to the WAY of TRUTH and LIFE (Jesus Christ, the Messiah of God), mankind’s only access to the Father.

If you have never before heard of Jesus Christ and the true gospel of Him, or, if you are one who has dabbled in religion (including Christian religion) searching for truth, trying to find something that is real, try Jesus and the true gospel of Him; for “…the (true) gospel of (Jesus) Christ…IS the POWER of God unto SALVATION to EVERYONE that…” will believe IT (Romans 1:16). Salvation is just as simple as hearing and believing the true gospel from the heart. If you are lost and have read this message, you are standing before the two gates we have just discussed. The strait (or narrow) gate and the wide gate. The strait gate which opens to life, is a narrow, obstructed way because of obstacles that stand close about. Obstacles which God has allowed the enemy to place before it to see if you will be deterred to the path of least resistance. The sole purpose of these obstacles is to deter you to the wide, spacious gate which opens to the broad way of eternal destruction (religion). Remember the old maze games. There is only one way to reach the desired goal. Many choices are offered but only one will bring you to the desired destination.

The strait gate accesses the WAY, the truth, and the life (Jesus), which in turn restores man to fellowship with God the Father. So please remember, there are multitudes of Christ denying religions as well as perverted gospels of Christ which have absolutely no power to save, to keep, to deliver, to make one free indeed FROM sin (the nature), or the enslavements of sin (the vices attributed to the nature), or the sentence of death which is pronounced upon all sin and all sinners (all those who, because of the sin nature, transgress the law of God, I John 3:4). But all of these are the work of the TRUE gospel which also makes us partakers of the everlasting, abundant, sinless life which is only in the Father, by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

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