He IS NOT FAR FROM US YET FEW FIND HIM …

Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

(Seek the Lord)

Matthew Henry Commentary:

Whatever country, nation, or profession we are of, whatever our rank and condition in the world, …

be we in a palace or in a cottage, …

in a crowd or in a corner, …

in a city or in a desert, …

in the depths of the sea or afar off upon the sea, …

this is certain, God is not far from every one of us.

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

People’s Commentary:

Few there be that find it. The reason that men do not find it is not because it is hard to find, but because they prefer to walk in the broad way.

Clarke Commentary:

The way to the kingdom of God is made sufficiently manifest – the completest assistance is promised in the way, and the greatest encouragement to persevere to the end is held out in the everlasting Gospel. But men are so wedded to their own passions, and so determined to follow the imaginations of their own hearts, that still it may be said: There are few who find the way to heaven;

fewer yet who abide any time in it;

fewer still who walk in it; and

fewest of all who persevere unto the end.

Nothing renders this way either narrow or difficult to any person, but sin. Let all the world leave their sins, and all the world may walk abreast in this good way.

Matthew Henry Commentary:

There is a large company in this way. But what profit is there in being willing to go to hell with others, because they will not go to heaven with us?

Matthew Henry Commentary:

Many pass it by, through carelessness; they will not be at the pains to find it; they are well as they are, and see no need to change their way.

Others look upon it, but shun it; they like not to be so limited and restrained.

Those that are going to heaven are but few, compared to those that are going to hell; a remnant, a little flock, like the grape-gleanings of the vintage; as the eight that were saved in the ark, 1 Peter 3:20.

This discourages many: they are loth to be singular, to be solitary; but instead of stumbling at this, say rather, If so few are going to heaven, there shall be one the more for me.

The great concern and duty of every one of us, in consideration of all this;

Enter ye in at the strait gate.

The matter is fairly stated; life and death, good and evil, are set before us; both the ways, and both the ends: now let the matter be taken entire, and considered impartially, and then choose you this day which you will walk in;

No man, in his wits, would choose to go to the gallows, because it is a smooth, pleasant way to it, nor refuse the offer of a palace and a throne, because it is a rough, dirty way to it; yet such absurdities as these are men guilty of, in the concerns of their souls.

Delay not, therefore; deliberate not any longer, but enter ye in at the strait gate; knock at it by sincere and constant prayers and endeavors, and it shall be opened; nay, a wide door shall be opened, and an effectual one. It is true, we can neither go in, nor go on, without the assistance of divine grace; but it is as true, that grace is freely offered, and shall not be wanting to those that seek it, and submit to it.

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian. I was saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother came to the Lord in her old age, in her 80's. Her name was Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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