Published on Jan 12, 2019
What is entering in the Narrow Way which Jesus was speaking about to his disciples? I was listening to Ted Nottingham explain about the basics of Christian Mysticism. The “Narrow Way” is getting past who we perceive ourselves to be, and discovering who we are in Christ, is the short of the teaching.
Yet because we are in a sin cursed world of flesh, it is often difficult to get past our natural understanding, and then enter into the place the Lord has provided us, by his atonement on the cross. I firmly believe, despite all the doctrines present within the world, that we must seek daily our place in Christ personally, and not just be imitators of him on a carnal level, but be imitators’ of Him by being one with the Father, as he was. I think what Jesus was speaking about, is our commitment to be transformed into his image by the Holy Spirit, and not to fall short the mark in simply who we “think” we should be, but to become it. No man is able to discern the depth of how far this may be taking place within another, only the fruit shown is evident to the world and others. Only a crude gauge of our walk in Christ, is evident with the fruit which we produce and is made manifested to others. Our languish for example, is just one of these indicators, yet it does not negate our actual place in Christ, if we are continuing to follow him in our sanctification in order to be (more) transformed into his image. Elders must be careful to not simply react in a negative manner to a man or women’s flesh, but be tempered with patience and grace to that brother or sister. Only should that brother or sister be disruptive in continually stumbling others, or show non repentance of sin, should they be removed from a fellowship after having a council of Elders meet and weigh the gravity of the offense, rather than just the opinion of one in passing judgment.