The Narrow Gate Leads to Life

da2cda6d671a0caefa6e73ec31f03d9fSecond, the narrow gate leads to life.

“An elderly couple were killed in an accident and found themselves being given a tour of heaven by Saint Peter.

Here is your Oceanside condo, over there are the tennis courts, swimming pool, and two golf courses. If you need any refreshments, just stop by any of the many bars located throughout the area,” said Peter.

“Heck, Gloria,” the old man hissed when Saint Peter walked off, “we could have been here ten years ago if you hadn’t insisted on exercising three times a week and eating that stupid oat bran, wheat germ, and low-fat food!”[1]

Life in heaven must be enjoyable and eternal. In Matthew, the word, “life,” refers to eternal life that is yet future. Jesus said, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life” (Matt. 19:29). The narrow gate leads to eternal life in the future.

But John writes that whoever believes in Christ has eternal life (John 6:47). This life is possessed in the present. Yet while this eternal life is possessed in the present, it shall be received in full in the future. It is a life that is already here, but its full consummation is not yet. It is a paradox. You have eternal life already. But you will still inherit eternal life.

[1] “Still More Jokes,” May Jesus be Praised Now and Forever.” Cited September 4, 2015. Online: http://mayjesuschristbepraised.com/humor

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