Fall - 2000
The Broad and Narrow Way
As recorded in the New International Version of the Holy Bible, Zondervan Bible Publishers
(The words of Christ shown in red.)
You shall not murder.
You shall not steal.
For a fire has been kindled by my wrath, one that burns to the realm of death below.
It will devour the earth and its harvests and set afire the foundations of the mountains.
The fatherless child is snatched from the breast; the infant of the poor is seized for a debt.
My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Proverbs 5:2, 5
2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
Proverbs 7:6, 21
6 At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice.
21 With persuasive words she led him astray: she seduced him with her smooth talk.
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
Whosoever loves money never has money enough; whosoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.
They have harps and lyres at their banquets, tamborines and flutes and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of His hands.
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
But he was pierced for our transgessions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Say, “This is what the Lord declares,” “The dead bodies of men will lie like refuse on the open field, like cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather them.”
“I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for my anger will kindle a fire that will burn against you.”
Through your own fault you will lose the inheritance I gave you. I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for you have kindled my anger, and it will burn forever.
Ezekiel 20: 12, 13
Also I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the Lord made them holy. Yet the people of Israel rebelled against me in the desert. They did not follow my decrees but rejected my laws – although the man who obeys them will live by them – and they utterly desecrated my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and destroy them in the desert.
The mob will stone them and cut them down with their swords; they will kill their sons and daughters and burn down their houses.
Say to them, “As surely as I live declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?”
(This is what these words mean:)
Tekel. You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”
“But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
“Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 22:6, 9
6 “The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.”
9 “Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.”
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
“When did we see you sick or in prison and go and visit you?”
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ ”
Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and offered it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you.”
He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up”).
When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the Synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles!”
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Then he said to them: “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all – he is the greatest.”
Luke 14:16, 19
16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.”
19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I
“I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.”
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
“And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannnot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.”
“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking,buying and selling, planting and building.. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.”
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
In reply, Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.
“How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God.”
“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
(With the reward he got for his wickedness,
Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.)
Romans, Chapter 3 (Selected verses)
9 What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
20 Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
31 Do we, then nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Romans 8:31, 34
31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.
1 Corinthians 6:10
…nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 10:4
…and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:7
Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry.”
1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam, all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
2 Corinthians 5:15
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:20
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 6:2
For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of my salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Galatians, Chapter 3 (Selected verses)
8 The scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the Gospel in advance to Abraham, “All nations will be blessed through you.”
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves,it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.
Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation …
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
2 Timothy 1:5
I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
2 Timothy 3:15
… and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness….
So, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the desert…”
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, …
You adulterous people, don’t you know that your friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 3:12
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 5:8
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
2 Peter 2:17
These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
1 John 2:18
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they sang:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
“To him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
Rev. 21 (selected verses)
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him that is thirsty I will give drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
To God alone be the glory!