Those saved: Few? or many?
Scripture reading for July 14th: Luke 13, Psalm 140, Proverbs 16
Luke 13: 22-27 “He went on His way through the towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. And someone said to Him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 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.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from, Depart from Me, all you workers of evil!'”
Because of a fear of punishment, man sometimes seeks to know the boundaries and plans of God. In this passage, a person asks Jesus about how many or few will be saved. Jesus had just told them that unless they repented that they would perish and used several illustrations of sudden deaths. These deaths had come from an accident and political persecution. Jesus answered them with careful instructions to enter God’s kingdom through the narrow door. Another time Jesus had taught that He was the ‘Door’ and still another ‘the Way’ to the Father’s house. Mere association and knowledge of Jesus would not be sufficient. They must have a personal relationship with Him and because of that, repented of evil.
Psalm 140:12-13 “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your Name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence.”
Prayer: Father God, You Alone are just and righteous. You give the gift of righteousness to those who by faith in Jesus Christ have repented of sin and asked You for mercy. The narrow “Door” of faith in Jesus Christ is my only hope of salvation. Although narrow, You have promised it is wide enough for all who will by faith and repentance call upon Jesus for mercy. Amen! Lord have mercy on me the needy one.
Proverbs 16:11 “A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are His work.”