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God’s Well Lit Road

  

“Wide is the gate of destruction and broad that way leading thither; and many are they who enter through it. How narrow is the gate of life! how difficult that way leading thither! and how few are they who find it!” Matt. 7:13,14, Diaglott translation

“A highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for him who walks that way, and fools will not wander on it.” Isa. 35:8

A path or highway denotes a journey. The journey we embark to enter into the Kingdom of God is taken, not as fools, but as saints of God, beloved of Him. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Eph 2:10.

God prepared beforehand that we would walk in good works. When we repent and accept Christ as our Lord, we are set squarely on the path of righteousness. Our nature is new; we have the mind of Christ. This is our new way, our new path. No longer do we have to slog along through the muddy, rutted road to destruction, but along the well lit path that is narrow so we don’t wander off.

Gal. 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

One version translates the end of verse 23 as “There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.” We are free to live from a new heart of gentleness, goodness, and even temperance. Temperance may be defined as: self-restraint in the face of temptation or desire; or also to limit or restrict the occurrence or expression of somebody or something, especially to keep it from appearing, increasing, or spreading. Changing lordship to Christ gives us the capacity to live out of temperance in every situation. Temperance gives us the ability to stay upon that narrow path to the Kingdom. God gave us this spiritual temperance so that we can count ourselves dead to lusts of the flesh and alive to purposefully choosing the way of Christ over our own. We don’t have to work to become temperate because it is a fruit of the holy spirit that we have in our hearts. We, by love and our free will, exercise it. We exercise it all the way down the narrow path to the Kingdom.

  • What is it about the “narrow path” that seems to frighten so many Christians? Shouldn’t it seem like a safe haven?
  • Since we have holy spirit when we have the lordship of Christ, aren’t the fruits a part of who we are or are they something we have to work and exercise to get?

2 Responses to “God’s Well Lit Road”

  1. on 27 Feb 2007 at 7:08 amJoyce

    In answer to whether we have to exercise to have the fruit of the holy spirit, I say yes.

    Psalm 18
    20The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
    21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
    22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.
    23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
    24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

    I believe we keep ourselves from iniquity, as David did. God enables us by holy spirit to be able to do so. I don’t think the narrow path is frightening when we are on it, but when we choose to leave that path and sin habitually, the way back seems hard.

  2. on 27 Feb 2007 at 8:40 amJohnO

    I don’t think holy spirit changes us. I think it gives us the power to change ourselves. And I think there is a difference. Because, if holy spirit changed us, then we wouldn’t be unrepentant in areas of our lives. We would just repent, because holy spirit obviously wants us to. Ironically, the “working at it” is almost the opposite. It is effectively not working, but rather submitting in prayer. I would think that for the repentant, it is more work to go on sinning willfully.

    I think the narrow path is slightly scary for two reasons. One we are sometimes unwiling to let go of our sin and comforts. Two the road is uncomfortable. There are fallen trees, low hanging branches, thorns on the side edging out into the road. The light illuminates all of it – but make no mistake, the road is treacherous. For many in the first centuries, this road ended in martyrdom. But again, looking at those people – they had joy in walking this road. Perhaps that is the scary part. Looking at this serious obstacle called life and death, and then having the will to laugh at it and overcome it, for a crown of life.

  

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