Tuesday, January 1, 2013

So Few Saved? One Lost is One Too Many in God's Eyes.

22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” (Luke 13 : 22-30)
Are so few to be saved? I get asked that. It’s a harsh reality. Too few are saved. It shocks me though, that this is a reason people will not take scripture seriously. Their relatives willfully reject the death and resurrection of the son of God for their sins, and they blame God. God doesn’t want any to be lost. So few get saved? One lost is too many in God’s eyes. One lost. He died for those you love, as surely as he rose from the grave for your own justification.
Jesus doesn’t answer the question directly. He doesn’t say who is going to be saved and who isn’t. He does acknowledge that there are people who will not be saved, who will be thrown into the lake of fire, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. He then turns his focus on you. Be sure you aren’t the one being thrown into the fire. He wants to save you. He wants you to be in the few who enter into the kingdom of God, who will take Jesus seriously, who will hold to his death and resurrection and believe on him for the forgiveness of sins. You can’t do anything for the others who reject Christ, and reject the kingdom, who want to earn their way to heaven with their self appointed good works, while ignoring the gift of salvation God has given them. No, you can’t do anything for them yourself. But you can hold fast to your salvation, and maybe then Christ can do something for them through you. Yes, he has done what he can for them, when he died for you, that believing in him, you would not perish but have eternal life.

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