Monday, August 11, 2008

Why So Few Will Be Saved

Luke 17:11And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

One out of 10, 10% returned to give glory to God, and his faith made him whole. It's the same story we see over and over again of a few, a remnant that do what pleases the Lord and are saved. For those who say "yea, but we are 'christians' so we are 'different'" the Lord has something to say to them as well:

Matt 7:21 'Not every one who is saying to me Lord, lord, shall come into the reign of the heavens; but he who is doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, lord, have we not in thy name prophesied? and in thy name cast out demons? and in thy name done many mighty things? 23 and then I will acknowledge to them, that -- I never knew you, depart from me ye who are working lawlessness.

notice this comes right after Matt 7:13-14 that says only a FEW will make it through the small gate.

I remind you of these things because of the shortness of time, not to depress you or condemn you. I am the judge of no man, Jesus is the judge. We are servants of the Lord do make judgements of behavior and attitudes however. What were the prophets sent for? Was'nt it to turn men back to their Creator? The reward the prophets received for warning the people was death and chastisement, has anything really changed today?

Isa 30: 9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

If ever those words were true, they are true of apostianity today.