Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction…
I. An EXHORTATION AND WARNING, how to direct our course for the other world, which this life is but the avenue to.
1. The safe course.
2. The unsafe course.
3. Our duty and interest with respect to these gates.
II. A REASON FOR THIS EXHORTATION AND WARNING. That though the other gate is easy and much frequented, yet it is most dangerous. The nature of the gate opposite to that we are called to enter in by, and of the way of joining it.
1. It is wide.
2. It is broad. They are not hampered by conscience, Bible. etc.
3. The use made of it. There are many dispositions of carnal men.
4. The end of it.The safe way: —
1. The gate is strait.
2. The way is narrow. It is like a strait shoe that presses the foot. It is not easy walking in it. Afflictions and temptations beset it.
3. The ungrequentedness of it.
4. The happy tendency and end of it.
(T. Boston, D. D.)
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