A WAKE UP CALL
‘Thus says the Lord: “I know their [your] works and their [your] thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see my glory” (cf. Isa.66:18) …But “Lord, will those who are saved be few [in number]?”’ (cf. Luk.13:23)
MY DEAR FRIENDS, we do not know the answer to the question above because Jesus did not answer this question directly. But we do know that many “will seek [try] to enter and will not be able” (cf. Luk.13:24). Therefore, we should “strive [try] to enter by [come in through] the narrow door” (cf. Lk.13:24), for “…the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to damnation, and those who enter by it are many. But the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few”! (cf. Mat.7:13-14).
But how can we find this narrow door/gate? John 10:9 – “And Jesus told him, ‘I am the door; if anyone enters by me, he will be saved’…”. And he is also the ONLY WAY (cf. Joh.14:6): “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me”.
OK, since we have found the door, how do we enter, what are we to do to be saved? Simply, “…believe [have faith] in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…” (cf. Acts 16:31). For “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be save” (Acts 4:12).
Now this is where it gets tricky; to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, what does it really mean? Belief [Faith] is an interior thing, and the Epistle of the Apostle James would want us to understand that faith without good works is dead, and that faith is shown forth in good works (cf. Jam.2:14-21*-26) for “every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (cf. Mat.10:32-33); consequently we must “Go into all the world [i.e., wherever we may find ourselves] and preach the Good News to everyone” (cf. Mar.16:15) but not just by words alone, but by deeds also (cf. Jam.2:14-17).
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