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Are There Few That Be Saved?

by Derrick Coble

With all the religions today, many may believe that there are masses of people from every remote denomination all across the world that will inhabit the heavenly realm. The idea which has long been embraced is that all denominational members are Christians on the highway to Heaven yet, some are taking different routes. It is for this reason, that most all Americans believe they are saved and that Heaven will be very crowded; however, the Bible states otherwise.

When Jesus went through the cities and villages teaching the Gospel, one came unto him with a curious question. He said, "Lord, are there few that be saved?" (Luke 13:23). This question was one of importance to the inquirer for he needed to know if the way of salvation would be one in which many people were going so he could follow or if the way was less widely known. Incidentally, the same question is applicable to everyone today. Is it safe to follow the majority of the religious world or should one look for a faithful few? The answer Jesus gave that inquirer may be shocking to some. Notice what He said: "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" (Luke 13:24). In essence, Jesus said, "Yes, only few will be saved, and the only way it will happen is by struggling." Jesus wanted all of the world to know that even though many people try to get in the strait (narrow) gate they won't be able because they are too heavy with the weighty sins of the world. This means that masses of people all across the world are being deceived into thinking they are saved because Jesus says only a few will be able to enter. Thus, the plea of John the apostle rings true today: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).

Consequently, each person should ask, "Have I been deceived?" The Bible is plain in stating that Jesus' way is the only way (Col. 3:17; Matt. 16:24). He was responsible for building one church (Matt. 16:18) and He is the Saviour that has provided one way of salvation (Acts 4:12). No other route to Heaven can be followed other than the route that Jesus freely paved. The route includes: faith (Heb. 11:6), repentance (Luke 13:3), confession (Matt. 10:32), and baptism (1 Peter 3:21). Following that blood paved route (Rev. 12:5) will ensure one that he is a part of the few that are saved.

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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