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To enter through the narrow gate, is to travel along the narrow way (see Matt. 7: 14). If the way is broad, then the question arises as to what gate you have passed through.

The Bible is a mine that will never be exhausted—but it has to be mined to gain the precious ore. God is a rewarder of those who seek him out (see Heb. 11: 6).

If you take little or no interest in God’s Word, then it is futile to claim you have a relationship with God.

The Holy Spirit is mentioned in every book of the Pentateuch apart from Leviticus—the very book which describes how God is to be approached under the old dispensation.

"Whosoever" (John 3: 16) is a name that any perishing sinner can lay a claim to.

We are to give thanks at all times for all things (see Eph. 5: 20)—we will find that impossible, but bring in God, and all things are possible.

The fellowship of God’s Son has terms and conditions—but they are set by God, and not by those in the fellowship.

Baptism is never presented in Scripture as a test of fellowship. By this I do not mean that an unbaptised person should be accorded the privileges of Christian communion (how could this be, seeing he has not formally committed himself), but that the mode and timing of the act are made critical in a way that Scripture does not recognise. That there are differences of opinion on the subject is abundantly clear, but to make the "unity of the Spirit" dependent on the "unity of the faith" (Eph. 4: 3, 13) is to make fellowship narrower than the Bible makes it. The critical thing with respect to baptism is the name to which we have been baptised. Thus in Acts 19 Paul encountered disciples who had only been baptised to the baptism of John. When these heard the Gospel, however, "they were baptised to the name of the Lord Jesus" (v5). Baptism is the uniform of the profession (see Gal. 3: 27), and what matters most is that I have the correct uniform on, not how or when I put it on.