narrow door, or wider hope


devotional post #1,994

Luke 13:22-24

Luk 13: 22 Then Jesus travelled throughout towns and villages, all the while teaching and making his way toward Jerusalem.
Luk 13: 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” So he said to them,
Luk 13: 24 “You should make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

narrow door, or wider hope?

Struggling with the reality that so many remain unevangelised, some theologians have suggested that there is a wider hope — that is, that Jesus will accept some by his grace in spite of the fact that they never heard the gospel. It is hard to reconcile the wider hope theory with passages like this. In fact, Jesus seems to be saying that there will be a lot of people who want to enter the kingdom through the door (which is Christ himself) but who will be unable to.

I know a lot of “good people” who know everything about the gospel but live their entire lives just on the outside of it. Will Jesus save these “good people” anyway? I want the answer to be “yes” but it is not. Faith in Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

LORD, show us how to show others the door, because they need to enter it before it is too late.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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