The NEW WAY to Heaven – What is it Like?

By: Mary Felde
From: February 2010
Found in: The Gospel of Grace

Introduction

Matt. 7:13-14
a) Narrow gate
b) Difficult way
c) Few find the way

Luke 13:24
a) Narrow gate
b) Difficult – they will seek to enter but will not be able

Is this a description of the New Covenant and our way to heaven? Many times it has been taught so. However, when we study this we see that those two passages of scripture refer to the Law of Moses and thereby the Old Covenant.

A. The OLD Way – the Law/Own Works

1. As we read the context of the two passages of scripture, we see that it is a description of the OLD way - saving yourself by your own works.

Matt. 7:12 says, “This is the Law and the prophets.”

Luke 13:28,34-35 says the Jews thought they would be saved because they were Jews (Abraham’s seed) and they hardened their hearts.

In Luke 13:29-30 Jesus prophesied about the new way – when the Gentiles (us) should be saved, be the first.

2. The Law as a way to salvation was
a) Extremely narrow
b) Extremely difficult
c) No one could make it

Rom 3:19-20 says that by the Law the whole world became guilty before God. By the deeds of the Law NO flesh will be justified.

Luke 18:18-27 describes how the way through the Law is more difficult than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle! With men it’s impossible! Only God could save us! Only Jesus could go through that eye of the needle. Jesus fulfilled the Law and then annulled the Law (Matt. 8:17-18). Now there is another way!

B. The New Way - Jesus

1. Not difficult, but easy!

Luke 3:4-6 is a prophecy about John, but truly about Jesus!

Illustration: A bulldozer cleared the way. Now it’s a straight, even, easy way!

Rom 4:21, Heb 10:20 A new and living way
John 14:6 I am the way
Rom 10:13 Everyone that calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!
John 1:12 Everyone who received Him got the right to become a child of God.
John 6:37 Not be cast away!

2. Not a narrow path/way, but a highway!

Isaiah 35:8-10 A highway for the Lord! - a big road, many lines, so multitudes can walk there. (We have preached the opposite for many years!) Easy to find and easy to walk on! Even the fool shall not go astray! The devil cannot come on this way.

3. Not few, but many!

Luke 3:4-6   All flesh shall see the Lord’s salvation
Luke 2:10   Good news of great joy for all people
Rom 11:25   The fullness of the Gentiles
Luke 14:23       The house shall be full of guests
Rev 7:9   A great multitude that none can count   of all people groups, families, languages.

This will end in a crescendo of harvest. The harvest shall be brought in!!

Conclusion: The new way is a highway – easy to find and easy to walk on.

Easy to find Jesus. Easy to get help from God. Easy to become saved (in all aspects of what salvation means. This includes healing, prosperity, deliverance, wholeness, etc.). (Acts 15:19, Heb 10:20, Heb 4:16)

By: Mary Felde

Mary Felde is a missionary and worldwide speaker of the Word of God. She has thought in churches, seminars, conferences, and Bible schools on four continents.

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