Sunday, November 11, 2012

Did Jesus Say Everyone Goes To Heaven?

Some people say that if God is good and loving then he will not send anyone to hell. Others say God will let everyone in heaven after they are punished. Jesus had a different view.

"Someone asked him, "Lord are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to him, "Make every effort to enter by the narrow door, because many I tell you, will try to enter but will not be able to." Luke 13:24. NIV.

These words of Christs suggest that there is a way in and many miss it.
     * He did not suggest one door of many but just one door alone.
     * He did not say it is always open.
     * He did not say you can enter later.
     * He did not say the door is closed now but will be open later on.

He did say make every effort to enter by the narrow door.

The person asked if only a few people are going to be saved. Jesus indirectly answers yes only a few, but you pay attention for yourself and strive to enter by the narrow door.  Jesus was more concerned about the questioner than the question. We might be asking will many be saved but Jesus says to us, "You be sure to come in."

That narrow door may be open for someone now, but not open later; the Bible reminds us by saying,"In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."1.

The door is narrow because the door is Jesus alone. "He is the stone which the builders rejected but has become the capstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." 2.

He further said. "I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but by me." 3.

Christ said, "I am the door of the sheepfold whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture."4.
The Bible teaches "To as many as received him who believed in his name he gave the right to be the children of God." 5.

He saves us because he is the Son of God, he lived a perfect life obeying all the commands of God his Father, he died on the cross as a substitute to pay for our sins and rose from the grave having overcome sin and satisfying the judgment of God against sinners.

We enter the narrow door when we confess to God our need for a savor and admit we cannot satisfy his judgment against us. We believed, (meaning agreed, trusted, accept), what Jesus did on the cross when he died for our sins. Having believed on what Jesus did for us we turn away from our sins and turn to obedience as a way of showing our gratitude and devotion.

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1. 2 Corinthians 6:2.  2. Acts 4:11, 12. 3. John 14:6. 4. John 10:9. 5.John 1:12.