These words of our Lord ‘to strive’ echo those of St. Paul where He says, Fight (avgwni,zou) the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:12).
Similarly, St. Jude writes, Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly (evpagwni,zesqai) for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).
The words of the ‘narrow door’ echo Jesus’ Words in St. Matthew’s gospel, Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
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