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Why Did Jesus Say that Few Would Be Saved?
some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."
What do we have here? To put it in a single word: presumption. The problem many people will face when Jesus comes is that they will suddenly realize a sobering truth: They presumed that they were in the kingdom because they knew about Jesus and were "religious," but they didn't know Jesus at all. This is sadly the case for so many professing Christians and church-goers. They don't truly know who Jesus is, they don't truly know Him personally, they have not been changes by His grace. They are not in the kingdom, even though they are close.
Never presume that you are a child of God just because you think you know the truth about Jesus and you go to church. So many people think that attending church, doing good things, being a nice person and calling themselves a Christian are the same thing as being a child of God, being in the kingdom of God. They're not. Only saving faith in Jesus Christ matters, only knowing Him as Lord and Savior is salvation, only being His forever brings you into His kingdom.
So, do you know Him? Do you trust Him? Is He yours and are you His?
Prayer Based on Psalm 124:
Lord, if You had not been on our side—
let Your people truly know it and confess it —
if You, O Lord, had not been on our side
when Satan came against us,
then he would have swallowed us up alive,
when his anger was kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
then over us would have gone
the raging waters.
Blessed be You, O Lord,
for You have not given us
as prey to his teeth!
We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowler;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!
Our help is in Your name, O Lord,
who made heaven and earth.