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Few Enter Into Life

Does everyone go to heaven when they die?  Many today want to answer with an overwhelming “yes” to that question.  However, did Jesus Christ hold such a view?  The Bible says in Matthew 7:13-14 the following:

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (NASB)

Jesus goes on later to tell His disciples that He alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  Jesus doesn’t say that He is one way or one truth or one life but He says that He is the way to God.  If Jesus were dying for the salvation of all (universalism) then Jesus’ statements in Matthew 7:13-14 or that no one can come to the Father but through Him is meaningless.  Yet Jesus said that the Scriptures cannot broken (John 10:35).  The Scriptures are true in all that they teach (John 17:17).

This also is why you should not grow weary in evangelism.  Few will believe the gospel and be saved.  Few will enter into the narrow way of eternal life.  In Matthew 13:18-23 we read about the sower sowing the seeds of the gospel.  You’ll notice that most of the souls do not respond to the gospel.  Only one bears fruit.  Our job is to take the seed and cast the gospel out to all.  God saves sinners and our job is not to save a soul but to preach the gospel to all (John 6:37; Acts 2:39).  Let us go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) trusting that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16-17).

However, don’t forget to pray for the lost to be saved through Jesus Christ and for His glory (Romans 10:1-4; 1 Timothy 2:1-7).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/19/2011 at 10:46 AM

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