REPENTANCE …NOT OPTIONAL
Repent, and believe in the gospel.
If you want to enter the narrow gate you must repent. Many Jews during Jesus’ time believed that just being physical descendants of Abraham was sufficient for entrance into heaven. And many people today believe that simply being churchgoers or morally good people qualifies them for salvation. After all, they reason, God is too benevolent to exclude anyone but the most evil people.
God does desire that everyone enter the narrow gate because He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). But you will not pass through the narrow gate unless you follow Charles Spurgeon’s admonition: “You and your sins must separate or you and your God will never come together. No one sin May you keep; they must all be given up, they must be brought out like Canaanite kings from the cave and be hanged up in the sun.”