Post by barbiosheepgirl on Aug 20, 2019 8:25:15 GMT -6
been following along and this was posted back a bit.
that path indeed is narrow, and that "153" fish that were caught in the book of John may simply mean that out of all of mankind, only 153 people will meet the measure.
Something came to my mind: has anyone ever watched ants? This is how ants go about their "work'" ---------------/-\ This represents the trail to the ant hill. The path may be narrow, but a million ants travel single file as they travel to and from their home. They follow a very narrow trail set forth by the pervious ant, and very few stray from this line. In the nat geo films they show this. But for the sake of the whole passage let's read what else is said:
13“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. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Is it really saying that only a few will be saved here? It also says, many ENTER the WIDE gate of destruction, but to FIND the narrow gate is what is the problem, not entering it.
Put this statement in reverse. Wide is way to Life but narrow is the way to destruction.. meaning it is difficult to fail or be in darkness. Of course not! We know that the world and her beast systems touches all the senses of mankind, wooing and deceiving. So we know the way to destruction is not narrow. Wide and broad are the things that lead to darkness. But there is only one WAY for Life. A million ways to destruction, only One for Life. A million lords and idols that lead to destruction, only One who leads to Life. The reason few find it in the first place is because our temptations to do our own things or follow the things that are false is great. Once we FIND that narrow gate, the size of an eye of needle, that gate can be entered.
In an around this passage all talks about FOLLOWING the Lord, listening to Him, heeding His words. After this Jesus says this he warns against false prophets. Ask yourself why this warning? It is not the only place we get warnings like this. Why would one be deceived by a false prophet? I say, because one does not KNOW their shepherd's voice. Jesus is calling to the world, who will listen? And then He talks about what is a good foundation, rock or sand.. Tribulation (bad weather hits the house) and what house stands? The one built on the Rock. (God told Noah how to build his house, the Ark, God tells us the same thru His Son). DId NOah decided to build the ark? No, God TOLD him, and he obeyed...it was counted as righteous.
This all paints a picture that even the world being Saved, the world preferred the darkness,
9There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
19“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
This to me, is the essence of repentance. Turn from the wide path of darkness and destruction of your flesh, so as to become born of God, coming to Him, and being of Him, and His Tree of good fruit He instills. But we often force to "make our own good fruit" based on our thoughts and desires we feel are right. Many practice being good, but can still not be following Him. This is why we are so cautioned about false teachers.
We are given the right to become Children of God not by our will, but of GOD's! Our faith is IN HIM and OF HIM for belief, not in ourselves to believe. There in lies the mystery, The mystery of lawlessness. Man is the image of God, yet even the SON obeyed the Father. The Son even acknowledged, but of my Father "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear (hear Whom?) I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Just when you think I am off topic for the mark, I will add that when we THINK (forehead) and do our self-assessment for reassurance, and initiate on our own will, and we DO things (hand) to appear "good" but is not wrought by God, we are still meandering around in our lawlessness. What Mark does one receive? The one of the Lord or the one of self? That is what the mark means to me.
to buy and sell with the mark is to make one's own decision for provisions, life's choices, choose our own fruit, etc. When we say to ourselves I will eat and partake my way, (sit as queen over our possessions, including our salvation) we are saying inwardly "I AM".