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The Narrow Door

Luke 13:23-24

23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”

IMG_0435-0On Wednesday – I was helping to interview some pastors for our District committee on Ordained Ministry. One of those we interviewed had a hard time with a number of questions – including the question about who would go to heaven and who would go to hell (not naming them – LOL – but what allowed folks to go to heaven and what would exclude some from heaven). The pastor said it was belief in Jesus Christ that allowed people to go to heaven (weak answer because Jesus’s brother James said – James 2:19 – You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder) but the pastor didn’t know what to do with those who didn’t believe in Jesus.

A number of years ago a number of pastors professed that they believed in Universal Salvation. Universal Salvation is a belief that all would go to heaven – that none would go to a place called hell (some didn’t believe in such a place). This is definitely not Wesleyan Theology nor is it Biblical Theology.

Today’s passage quotes Jesus as saying – “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” If they cannot be saved – what happens to them? Is there provision for those who will not enter through the narrow gate?

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Luke 13:22–30 – 22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ 28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”

Seek after the face of God dear readers. Seek His face and desire His grace. Let us set our hearts on God and God’s Word and not on the world around and those that shouts the loudest. We will all live eternally – either in the presence of God (those who enter through the narrow gate) or outside the presence of God (those who will not enter through the narrow gate). Our choice! Follow Christ and don’t worry about what will happen – know what will happen – living eternally in the presence of God.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 16, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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