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Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.
14 But the gate is narrow (contracted [a]by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.
16 You will [b]fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [[c]worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit.
18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear [d]excellent fruit [worthy of admiration].
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
20 Therefore, you will [e]fully know them by their fruits.
21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name?
23 And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].
24 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a [f]sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.
25 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.
27 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it. When Jesus had finished these sayings [the Sermon on the Mount], the crowds were astonished and overwhelmed with bewildered wonder at His teaching,
29 For He was teaching as One Who had [and was] authority, and not as [did] the scribes.
Matthew 7. 13 --- 29
The greatest tragedy that can beddall someone is to think he's saved , only to discover after death he's not. We'd all like to believe the claims of those who say they're Christians , but Jesus gives a harsh warning because he knows many will be deceived . They'll sit in church week after week , professing that Jesus is the Son of God , but will never really enter into a personal relationship with him.
Intellectual faith isn't the same as saving faith. It's not enough to know facts about Jesus or to believe he dead and rose again. Even demons believe he dead and rose again.
you believe that God is one; you do well. So do the demons believe and shudder [in terror and horror such as [a]make a man’s hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]!
James 2. 19
Salvation involves more than knowing , it requires trusting that Jesus paid the penalty for your sins, receiving his forgiveness , turning away from old sinful ways and entering into a relationship with him. What matters is not what we say with out months but what we mean in our hearts.
Although you probably won't understand all that happens at the moment of salvation, when Christ becomes your Savior , he also becomes your Lord. As the master of your life. He then as the right to govern what you do. His holy Spirit takes up residence within you when you are saved, and that means you will change . He continually works to remove sinful attitudes and behaviors replacing them with His Spiritual fruit
But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [[a]that can bring a charge].
Galatians 5. 22 & 23
We recognize a person's Salvation not by his profession but by his fruit . If you're truly saved , your character will become more Christlike over time, and your desire will be to obey him. This does not mean you'll never sin or stumble but the overall direction of your life will be one of obedience