23. THE NARROW DOOR (Luke 13:22-30)
GLAD TIDINGS: It is as impossible for a sinner to be saved through the gate of the law as it is for a camel to go through the eye of the needle
(Matt.19:24). Only Jesus could go through the door of the law. The gate of the gospel, however, is open for everyone, because it is the gate where sins are forgiven.
- Why do you think someone would want to know the answer to the question in vs.23?
- Why didn't Jesus answer this question simply yes or no?
- In what ways is the door to heaven narrow?
- For what kind of people is the door to the kingdom of God especially
- In what different ways do people make an effort to enter the narrow door (vs. 24)?
- In this connection, Jesus tells a little parable about the feast in the kingdom of God
(vs. 25-27). What is Jesus trying to say to his hearers through this parable?
- Why didn't the people in the parable go through the narrow door while there still was time?
- How does this parable relate to the question in vs.23?
- What does Jesus mean by saying that he doesn't know the people who ate and drunk with him, and even heard his teaching?
- How can we be sure that Jesus will know us in the last day?
- All the patriarchs listed in verse 28 had their weaknesses and sins. What enabled them to enter the narrow door to the kingdom of God? (Discuss on the basis of what you remember about the patriarchs - don't start to look these things up.)
- Who are the other people who will come to the feast of the kingdom of God (vs. 29)?
- (The leader should read John 10:9.) How does the teaching of Jesus concerning the door to heaven differ in these two places?
- Why is one door narrow and another door open to anyone?
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