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  • Writer's pictureEli Schnell

Many Will Try

In Luke 13:22, Jesus traveled toward Jerusalem, teaching as He went. In verse 23, someone responded, “Are there only a few who are being saved?” Jesus responded, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” Jesus then presents three excuses that may keep a person from entering the narrow door:

They will wait too long (Luke 13:25). Some may say, “I still have time.” Every person has time, but we do not know how much. If you have not obeyed the gospel, the next major event is the click of the latch as the Master shuts the door, leaving you outside for all eternity. Come in quickly; the next second may be too long.

They will think proximity to Jesus will save them (Luke 13:26a). Some will shout at the closed door, “I was at every worship service!” God’s gift of salvation is not given because we exist near saved people. It is given freely to those who obey the gospel of God (Mark 16:15-16). Rather than being near the Savior and near the saved, be one with the Savior and be saved (John 17:17-26).

They will think hearing the teaching of Jesus will save them (Luke 13:26b). Some will brag about the soundness of their preacher, but just hearing accurate teaching will not save you. Instead, you must respond obediently for saving faith to be produced (James 1:22; 2:14, 26).

Jesus died to save all, but only a few will leave their excuses behind and obey the gospel to be saved. Will you believe the gospel and be baptized in the name of Jesus, becoming one of the few who are saved (Mark 16:16)?

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