A Brief Statement of Christian Faith:
“Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate: for wide the gate, and broad the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait the gate, and narrow the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Jesus of Nazareth as quoted in the gospel of Matthew (Mt 7:13-14) …
… where He is speaking, most likely to a smaller group of followers vs. the often much larger crowds, of God’s requisite, divinely empowered entrance into / progression in the pilgrimage that alone leads to the goal for which mankind was originally made, life without end in His eternal kingdom, where those who, only by His grace, have infallibly both entered into and persevered in this pilgrimage, will forever directly, endlessly, and with our whole beings experience, worship, thank, and praise the one, true, living triune God, healed by and wrapped in infinite, endless, incomprehensible love, life, goodness, power, and glory.
The content of Jesus’ preaching was narrow, exact, and often exacting. But truth, of whatever sort, is by its very nature always narrowly inclusive, rigidly exclusive, absolute, and precise. As witnessed by thousands in His life on earth, He was undeniably a gentle, compassionate Man, broader and more expansive than the universe in His love, grace, and understanding of existential realities, the best teacher and example we have known. But He was also a man of tough words and hard, often enigmatic, sayings, which were always direct and grace-filled but often difficult to accept, words and actions that carried unique and deeply penetrating divine authority, power, and effect, those things having one highly focused purpose.
I believe that He came to tell, live, and be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth concerning ultimate, existential realities (and succeeded perfectly in doing so, unlike us), in order to accomplish the very specific, gracious purpose of His Father in opening the way into His eternal kingdom, bringing many to glory (Heb 2:10-11) by means of His unique, sacrificial incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension. If so, then we can only enter into life through the God-given means of genuine belief in Him and must unreservedly, wholeheartedly commit to Him, the Truth, as He commands. May God, by means of His Word and Spirit, grant us grace to understand the reality of our profound spiritual need and to respond to Him daily with authentic, repentant, ever-growing faith.
On this site it is my intention, in a biblically faithful, simple, clear, precise, and evangelical manner (a tall order!) to: 1) show why we all desperately need a perfect, fully divine and fully human, outside (alien) truth-teller and truth-liver and 2) provide help and inspiration to all true Pilgrims on the Way, those who, solely by the grace of God, have been divinely chosen, called, and birthed into this unique pilgrimage through the strait gate of faith (genuine knowledge, grateful assent, & growing trust) in Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Son of God. As the only capable and perfectly obedient Wrath-Curse-Sin Bearer in place of His chosen ones, He became the one, all-sufficient Savior, of all who truly believe, from the Father’s otherwise inescapable, justly deserved wrath for our sins, stemming inescapably from our universally inherited sinful nature and actions we willingly choose, wrath each of us otherwise would have to endlessly endure ourselves.
In closing, it is crucial to understand that true pilgrims, increasingly less sinful in this life while bound for glory and perfection, are those who, like Abraham and Sarah of the Old Testament and multitudes since, having been divinely chosen from eternity then called to and imparted with eternal life, spend their time on this earth looking for a city whose builder and maker is God (Heb. 11:10, 13-16). As J. Calvin wrote, “There will be no inheritance for us in heaven unless we are pilgrims (strangers just passing through) on earth”. May we be such people who, at the end of our life’s journey, will be well fitted to hear the most personally rewarding words ever, spoken to us by God himself, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over little, I will make you ruler over much. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Mt. 25:21).
Amen … Soli Deo gloria…
* Views expressed on this site are not necessarily those of Coram Deo Reformation Church or the URCNA.