then said one unto Him, Lord are there few who be saved? And He said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able (Lk. 13:23–24).
The Lord has just given several Parables, all which stress the fact that few would be saved.
In essence, the Lord ignored the man who asked the question of Verse 23, but seized the opportunity suggested by the question to address an earnest appeal to all standing around Him, to let nothing prevent them pressing through the narrow door of conversion which alone gave entrance into the true Kingdom of God. For directly the Master of that house shut the door, they would vainly seek to enter (13:25–28). When that door is shut, multitudes will repent too late, and believe too late, and sorrow for sin too late, and begin to pray too late.
Earth is the only place in creation where there is infidelity. There is no unbelief in Hell. These Verses (13:24–28) destroy the theory of repentance and salvation after death.
Men may ask religious questions and so flatter themselves that they are religious; further, they may have an ecclesiastical relation to Christ (13:26), and yet be shut out from Heaven. To be shut out from Heaven is to be shut into Hell, with its hopeless weeping of remorse and its hopeless gnashing of despair. Here, as everywhere, Christ’s teaching conflicts with almost all modern thought.
There is only one way of Salvation, and that is by Faith and Trust in Jesus and what He did for us at the Cross (Jn. 8:32; 14:6).
The Whole Bible
Read Jeremiah 40:1 through 42:22; 2 Timothy 3:1–17
From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15).
The apostle Paul wrote these words to a young minister that he mentored and loved as a son. Timothy’s mother was a Jew, and apparently she made sure her son was given a firm foundation through exposure to the Law and the Prophets, our Old Testament.
The New Testament we have today was not yet recognized as Scripture or even complete when Paul wrote to Timothy. The Scriptures that could make one “wise for salvation” that Paul was referring to was the Old Testament.
Sometimes Christians bypass Old Testament books as though they have little importance for today. However, these books point to Christ and His salvation. Having a solid Old Testament foundation paves the way for a better understanding of the New.
How is your knowledge of the Old Testament? Do you know what it has to say about Christ? Have you searched the prophets in order to apply their wisdom and truths to your walk with God?
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to study all of Your Word in a balanced way.
--Quicklook: 2 Timothy 3:10–16 --
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