Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
“Enter ye in at the straight gate.” The gate which leads unto life is described as strait and it is noted that there be few that find it. The Greek word for strait means narrow from obstacles standing close about. A gate or a door has two side posts that support it and cause it to stand upright. Therefore the straitness or width of the gate is determined by how close the two side posts are set to each other. So then while the two side posts support and form the opening or the gate, they are also obstacles that cause the gate to be strait or too narrow for certain things to enter in.
There are two great pillars of truth or two side posts that form the opening into eternal life. The first one is that Jesus Christ is the only Begotten Son of God and the second pillar or side post is that Jesus died on Calvary’s cross for our sin. When we accept this truth and receive Jesus into our heart by faith we have entered into the way that leadeth unto life.
This truth or these two side posts also limit what can get through the gate. We must give up the notion that we can gain entry by doing enough good things or by swearing allegiance to some religion or person. We must give up our preconceived ideas of how we think it is and humbly accept two pillars of truth, the two side posts of the gate, namely that Jesus is the only Begotten Son of God and that He died on Calvary’s cross for my sin. This gives me entrance into the way that leads to eternal life