by: Paul Washer
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
In the text before us, we find not only a gate but also a way, both of which are small and narrow. From this we understand that conversion is not merely defined by a gate through which a person passes but also by the way in which he walks. When we survey contemporary Evangelical preaching, however, it seems that only half the story is being presented.
By God’s grace, most of the Evangelical world continues to hold to the truth that Jesus is the only Savior and Mediator between God and men.  Also, we can praise God that most remain steadfast in the doctrines of sola gratia and sola fide: salvation by grace alone through faith alone.  However, although there is a great deal of preaching about how to enter into the kingdom, little or nothing is said about the evidences that prove one’s entrance. We enter into the kingdom by passing through the narrow gate, but the evidence that we have passed through this gate is that we are now walking in the narrow way!  We are justified by faith alone in the person and work of Christ; however, the evidence of our justification is our on-going sanctification. The narrow gate and the narrow way are inseparable.  The man who enters through the former will find his life defined by the latter.