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ost everyone has a vague hope and trust that things will eventually turn out all right and that he will sooner or later get to heaven. Few and far between are the funeral servic es at whic h the preac her dares to suggest that the dec eased may have departed in the other direc tion! Nevertheless, people need to be aware that the Lord Jesus Christ c learly warned that it is easy to end up in hell. "Enter ye in at the strait gate," He said, "for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13, 14). This same Lord Jesus, who spoke so often and so fervently of God's love, and who Himself perfec tly manifested the love of God, was at the same time the one who spoke more often of hell than did anyone else in the Bible. He warned, for example, that the time would c ome when He would have to say to many people: "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). The doc trine of the “remnant” is found through all Sc ripture. In every age there has been only a small number of people who were approved of God. In the days before the great Flood, Noah was a “preac her of righteousness” for many years,

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but won no c onverts exc ept his own family. The Bible says that "few, that is eight souls were saved" (I Peter 3:20) and that, for the other, "God spared not the old world,… bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly" (II Peter 2:5). Jesus Christ said: "The flood c ame and destroyed them all" (Luke 17:27). The days of the early patriarc hs were similar. "They all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (Hebrews 11:13). The Jews, alone among the nations, were then c alled and prepared as God's c hosen people. To them, God said: "The Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love upon you, nor choose you because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people" (Deuteronomy 7:6, 7). But even among the Jews there were only a few who really c ared for God. "Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another; and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name" (Malachi 3:16). This c ondition was not signific antly c hanged by the c oming of Christ. As far as the Jews were c onc erned, some, of c ourse, believed on Him as Messiah and Savior, but the nation as a whole rejec ted Him. The Jewish “remnant” was to be rec ognized thereafter by their ac c eptanc e of Jesus as their long-awaited Redeemer. Paul said: "God hath not cast away His people which He foreknew… Even so then at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace" (Romans 11:2, 5). Beginning from Jerusalem, the gospel of Christ was c ommanded by Him to be preac hed to all nations. But there was never a promise that all who heard the good news would believe it and turn to Christ. To the c ontrary, Paul warned in his final

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letter that "all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persec ution" (II Timothy 3:12). The very meaning of the word "c hurc h" (Greek: ekklesia, meaning "those who are c alled out") indic ates that the true Christian c hurc h would always be c omposed of a relatively small group of believers c alled out of the masses of humanity to be “separated unto God.” Emphasizing this, the Lord Jesus promised: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). Therefore, when Christian preac hers and evangelists preac h that most people are lost and warn them to "flee from the wrath to c ome," it is not bec ause they are unloving and self-righteous, but rather bec ause they c ould not be truly Christian and do otherwise. They simply believe the words of Christ and try to obey His c ommand. Onc e, indeed, someone asked Jesus the direc t question: "Lord, are there few that be saved?" (Luke 13:23). He answered simply: "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and not be able." Now the remarkable thing about all this is that, although most people will die without ever being saved, any person c an be saved simply by believing on Christ as his Lord and Savior! The “narrow way” whic h leads to eternal life is Christ Himself. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Christ died on the c ross to atone for all our sins and rose again to assure our full forgiveness and justific ation before God. Now, anyone who really desires to be saved c an rec eive this great salvation merely by trusting in the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior. He says: "And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Revelation 2:17).

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But to the great numbers of people who will die in their sins, He says: "Ye will not come to me that ye might have life" (John 5:40).

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Order Today! Author: Henry Morris and Martin Clark. Exc erpt from The Bible Has the Answer, ations with published by Master Books, 1987. Supplied by Eden Communic permission from Master Books. Further information on this subject ■ Is God biased? Is it fair to save only some? What about those who have never heard the gospel? Answer ■ Judgment and God's nature and justic e (inc ludes Is God unfair in that Hitler and a dear old lady (who never ac c epted Jesus) will both go to Hell? / "God is all loving. He would never send me to Hell." / "My god would never send anyone to Hell.") ■ Why is the world the way it is? (filled with oppression, death and c ruelty) If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and loving, would He really create a world like this? Answer ■ Aren't all religions basic ally the same? Why do Are you sure you follower of Christ insist that one must believe in Christ know the answer to alone to be saved? Answer this all important ■ God's sovereignty, elec tion, and man's free will What does the Bible say? Answer question? ■ Am I good enough to get to Heaven? Answer ■ How good is good enough? Answer ■ Learn more about SALVATION - questions and answers This page is loc ated at: http://www.c hristiananswers.net/qeden/edn-r002.html Copyright © 1995, Master Books, All Rights Reserved exc ept as noted on attac hed “Usage and Copyright” page that grants ChristianAnswers.Net users generous rights for Clic k here to watc h THE HOPE on-line! Explains God's plan from the beginning.

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