“Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)
"For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)
Jesus answered them, “You are deceived, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. (Matthew 22:29-30)
"For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know him in that way any longer. Then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)
Matthew is looking to the Church and society for approval rather than to God. He has spent two years searching the scriptures to find justification for his personal desires. But God is not interested in changing the world to suit Matthew. God is at work to bring forth the New Creation and He is calling us into it.
The Old Creation and all its traditions, customs and beliefs died with Jesus Christ at Calvary. Jesus rose from the dead as the forerunner of the New Creation into which we are all invited. Most Christians are content to settle down in Babylon and seek to follow as best they can the traditions of the elders believing that when they die they will go to heaven. Others believe that Jesus is coming back and will 'rapture' the Church while bringing judgment on the Earth. None of this is true.
Jesus taught and preached the Kingdom of God which is the New Creation of which He is the King. He took all the sins (errors, evil deeds and shortcomings) of the First Adam (Mankind) onto Himself and died in order to cancel the entire debt of the Ages. He then rose from the dead demonstrating His power over even death. He then ascended into the realm of absolute sovereignty and power above all the heavens and filling the Universe. He then sent the Holy Spirit to anoint all those faithful disciples waiting for this promise to give them new spiritual birth and to begin in them the process of recreation.
This has been proceeding for the past two thousand years and there have been those Christians (the Few) who have followed Him into the Holy of Holies to be fully united with Him in spirit and in truth. These are the mature sons of God. This is the true path that all Christians are called to follow and few do. The time is now at hand when the next stage of God's Plan of The Ages is to be revealed from heaven with the manifestation of these sons of God. This is the coming of the Kingdom of God into the Earth. The sons of God are the kings and priests of that Kingdom under the King the Lord Jesus Christ who will restore the entire creation.
There is no more important work for Christians to do than to believe in the soon appearing of the King of kings and Lord of lords with all those who have come into union with Him in the past Ages. This is the First Resurrection. Even now it is not too late to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
"For through the law I died to the law so that I may live to God. I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. " (Galatians 2: 19-20)
"Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit." (Galatians 5:24-25)
"For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God who subjected it – in hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies." (Romans 8:18-23)
"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)
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