"Many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Not those who seek aright; but those who seek, without the heart or the will, to fulfil the essential condition of entire self-denial.
Thus the one truth proclaimed by Christ presents opposite aspects under opposite circumstances. To oppressed and weary souls, groaning under the heavy burdens imposed by the Pharisees, he describes his yoke as mild and easy -- easy to those that love -- in comparison with the yoke of the law;  while to those who are yet in bondage to the world of sense, and expect to find his service easy, he represents it as painful and laborious. Every thing depends upon the heart and the motives; what is hard to one is easy to another.
In further contrast with the disposition to look merely at outward relations, he announced prophetically (v.28), that while many who gloried in their personal intercourse with him might be excluded from the kingdom for want of fellowship of spirit with him, many, on the other hand, from all quarters of the world, should be called to enter in.
 Cf. p. 236.  Cf. p. 202.
 Cf. p. 202.