Walking In Truth Devotional Update
Lord, Will Only a Few be Saved?
“And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”
“And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are 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 you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 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, and yourselves thrust out. 29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”
You will probably recognize there are other passages like this one. Consider the following passages (Matt. 7:13-14; Matt. 7:22-23; Matt. 8:11-12; etc.). This question interested many people then, and it continues to interest many people today and it should be upper most in our minds whether we will enter heaven.
What does Jesus mean by saying one must strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” The verse simply means that not everyone will be saved. But why? If one wishes to be saved, then one must not imagine that one can simply continue along the same path he/she has been following.
Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.” Elsewhere in the NT, Paul uses this word, agonizesthe, to speak of athletic competition (1 Cor. 9:25), training intensively in Godliness (1 Tim. 4:10), and fighting the good fight (1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7). While salvation is a gift of God, God expects us to cherish it as an athlete cherishes the victor’s crown—suggesting that we need an athlete’s discipline and determination in pursuing entrance through the narrow door
When the master of the house rises and shuts the door no one else can enter. Those who refuse to live godly lives and strive to serve the Lord will not be permitted to enter heaven. God will not recognize one who has failed to summit to the Lord Jesus Christ and serve Him. These are workers of iniquity—acting without law–God’s law and will be subjected to punishment-where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when they behold the heavenly city with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the eternal Kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. When lost in an eternal hell one will exhibit great emotion, but it will not be joy—it will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
We live in a time when many people believe that all roads lead to God—that all beliefs are equally valid—that it doesn’t matter what you believe if you are sincere. The NT teaches exactly the opposite. If we are so convinced it doesn’t make any difference what we believe then Satan doesn’t have to worry about getting us drunk or committing murder.
For some people, death will come suddenly and without warning. At that point, their eternal future will hinge on their spiritual disciplines and the relationship that they forged with Christ during their lifetimes.
Don’t you think we should be striving to enter our heavenly home every day of our lives by living for Jesus and serving His cause?
By Guy Roberson
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